CLASS College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Youngstown State University
Islamic Studies
Studies in Contemporary Islam  

The Center for Islamic Studies publishes an academic journal, Studies in Contemporary Islam. Published semiannually, in spring and fall, the journal is coedited by Professors Mumtaz Ahmad of Hampton University and Mustansir Mir of Youngstown State University.

Mission Statement
Studies in Contemporary Islam is devoted to the understanding, review, analysis, and critique of contemporary Islamic religious, intellectual, and philosophical developments as well as of sociopolitical changes in Islamic societies. The journal aims to be interdisciplinary and international in its range and coverage. It is intended as a forum for scholarly dialogue and communication; it does not promote a particular point of view or ideology. The views expressed by authors in the journal are the authors' own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the journal's editors or represent the journal's position. Studies in Contemporary Islam is indexed in the Index of Islamic Literature.

Editorial Advisory Board
The journal's editorial advisory board consists of the following members:

    Zafar Ishaq Ansari, International Islamic University, Islamabad
    Frederick M. Denny, University of Colorado, Boulder
    John L. Esposito, Georgetown University
    Azizah Y. Al-Hibri, University of Richmond
    Ali A. Mazrui, State University of New York, Binghamton
    Seyyed Hossein Nasr, George Washington University
    Sulayman Nyang, Howard University
    Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez, Youngstown State University
    William B. Quandt, University of Virginia
    Abdulaziz Sachedina, University of Virginia
    Tamara Sonn, College of William and Mary
    John E. Woods, University of Chicago

Cover of First Issue of Studies in Contemporary Islam
Cover of Inaugural Issue


Past issues of Studies in Contemporary Islam are available for download as portable document format (PDF) files from the links below. Adobe Acrobat 4.0 or later, which may be downloaded for free from, must be installed on your computer to view the PDF files.

Vol.1, No.1 (Spring 1999)

Vol.1, No.2 (Fall 1999)

Vol.2, No.1 (Spring 2000)

Vol.2, No.2 (Fall 2000)

Vol.3, No.1 (Spring 2001)

Vol.3, No.2 (Fall 2001)

Vol.4, No.1 (Spring 2002)

Vol.4, No.2 (Fall 2002)

Vol.5, No. 1-2 (Spring and Fall 2003)

Vol.10, No. 1-2 (Spring and Fall 2008)

Style Sheet
The style sheet used by the journal editors is available in PDF form. The style sheet gives examples of how sources should be cited in article footnotes and includes other miscellaneous information.

Selected Articles
The journal has carried articles on important subjects by well-known and upcoming scholars. Among the topics that have been dealt with are human rights and Muslim personal law (Theodore P. Wright, Jr.), democracy in Malaysia (Mumtaz Ahmad), the Islamic intellectual tradition in South Asia (V. R. Nasr), Muslim international relations discourse (Farhang Rajaee), and redemption theology in African-American Islam (Timur Yuskaev).

Call for Papers
Scholars are invited to contribute to Studies in Contemporary Islam. Original articles dealing with Islam and Muslims in the contemporary world will be considered for publication. Reviews of books about Islam are also welcome.

An electronic copy should be sent to Mustansir Mir (mmir AT ysu DOT edu). The Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition) is the preferred reference for format and style. Authors will be requested to supply accepted manuscripts on disk.

It is assumed that a manuscript submitted to Studies in Contemporary Islam is the author's original work and neither has been published in any form--print or electronic--nor is under submission in any form--print or electronic--anywhere else. For further information, contact the Center for Islamic Studies at Youngstown State University.


Books for Review

Books for review should be sent to the Center for Islamic Studies at Youngstown State University. Please see the mailing address below.

The yearly rates are: institutional US$ 30;  individual US$ 15. Checks, made payable to Studies in Contemporary Islam, should be mailed to Center for Islamic Studies, 421 DeBartolo Hall, Youngstown State University, One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555-0001, USA.

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