Call for Papers

Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies

Volume 15 (2018)


First established in Amman, Jordan, in July 1994, as a centre for the study of Muslim, Christian and Jewish traditions in the Arab world, the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies has since broadened its field of academic interest with a view to becoming a clearing house for knowledge and ideas relating to culture contact in the broadest possible sense.

From our original focus on questions of religion and religious diversity, we have widened the scope of our activities to make them interdisciplinary, covering all fields of the humanities and social sciences that bear on cultural or civilizational interaction; and from our original concentration on regional issues, which remain one of our main concerns, we have turned more and more to the global, in a world where regionality can no longer afford isolation.

The Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (BRIIFS) is a peer-reviewed journal, one attuned to the increasingly cross-cultural mores of the contemporary world and providing a venue for the parochial to blend with the cosmopolitan and for the findings of different disciplines to merge and, by so doing, reinforce one another.

To submit an article for consideration for publication in BRIIFS, please e-mail a complete manuscript (in the range of 8,000-10,000 words) and an abstract (max. 200 words) to:

Dr. Renee Hattar, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Authors are encouraged to conform their submission to our current submission guidelines.

Deadline for submission is 31st March 2018.



Dr. Majeda Omar, Directors of RIIFS, Jordan (Editor in Chief)
Dr. Renée Hattar, RIIFS, Jordan (Editor)

Editorial Board:

H.R.H. Wijdan Ali, Ph.D., Royal Society of Fine Arts, Jordan
Michael Humphrey, University of Sydney, Australia
Professor Dame Averil Cameron, Council of British Research in the Levant
Professor A. Üner Turgay, McGill University, Canada
Dr. Hala Fattah, Independent Scholar
Professor George Saliba, Columbia University, USA
Professor Jane Gerber, The City University of New York, USA
Professor Samir Seikaly, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Professor Aziz Sachedina, George Mason University, USA
Professor Yasir Suleiman, University of Cambridge, UK
Professor Karen Armstrong, Religious author and commentator
Professor Carole Hillenbrand, University of St Andrews, UK
Professor Ahmad Abaddi, The Mohammadia League of Scholars, Morocco
Professor Theodore Zeldin, Oxford University, UK
Professor Sidney H. Griffith, Catholic University of America, Washington DC, USA
Professor Dr. Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, Former SG, Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Submission Guidelines

Note on Submission Articles:  Unsolicited manuscripts may be sent to the editors provided they are not currently being considered for publication elsewhere. (Please note that because it is an interdisciplinary journey, BRIIFS only publishes technical or highly specialized material in its special conference issues). Articles and essays must be accompanied by an abstract (max. 200 words) and a title page that includes the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and a brief biography (50-100 words). After being screened by the editors, papers will be anonymously reviewed by a minimum of two referees and then returned to authors for revision, if necessary, prior to acceptance/publication. All papers are copy-edited to conform to BRIIFS style. In essence this means that English-language spelling should follow British usage and that endnotes or parenthetical references, bibliographies, or reference lists should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style. A final proof will only be sent to the author, or lead author, for the correction of typographical or factual errors. Authors should respond to proofs within one week of approval may be assumed. The author is encouraged to refrain from making lengthy changes or additions to the text at this time.

General: Essays and articles may be in English, French, or Spanish and should be 8,000-10,000 words in length; book reviews should not exceed 2,000 words. Articles may be sent to the editor by email attachment at (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) using a Microsoft .doc file. The text should be double-spaced, with one-inch margins on all sides, and pages should be numbered consecutively.

Specifications and Transliteration: The tab key should be used for all indentation. The text should be neither justified nor hyphenated at the end of a line. Manuscripts must be prepared using the standard 12-point Times or Times New Roman and their italic and boldface variations (where necessary). However, there are a number of specifically-designed fonts that permit authors to add diacritics to words transliterated from Arabic, Hebrew, and other languages that do not use Latin characters which may be included. All transliterations of foreign languages can adhere to a system of the author’s choice but should remain consistent throughout the article. Unless they appear in the transliterated title of a work, all foreign words found in the Oxford English Dictionary shall be considered English words and do not need diacritics (e.g., sura, hadith). Proper nouns and the titles or well-known literary works in Arabic need only the hamza and the ‘ayn. Authors citing Ottoman Turkish sources may either transliterate them or use modern Turkish orthography.

Citations: Endnotes are preferred to parenthetical references. Citations should follow the rules in the Chicago Manual of Style; since this guide is the source of Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (6 ed.), the latter may also be consulted. Authors are urged to avoid using the footnote insertion feature that exists on word processing programs. Instead, the number of the note should be inserted in the text in parentheses, and the number and the note typed at the end of the essay/article. No bibliography is required is a full citation is given in the notes when a source is first encountered.

Offprints: The author or lead author of an essay or article is entitled to 10 free offprints of the article. For the purchase of additional offprints, the editor must be notified well in advance of publication. Late notification may lead to the assessment of a surcharge, payable by the author.

Copyright: Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to quote copyrighted material in their own articles. The copyright for any article published in BRIIFS belongs to the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies. Written permission must be obtained from BRIIFS for reprint rights.

Submission of Book Reviews: Book reviews should be 2,000-2,500 words in length. The length of review articles will be set by the book review editor and the reviewer. All book reviews and review articles must follow the specifications mentioned above. Unsolicited book reviews may be accepted for publication, but review articles will not. Books for review may be sent to the editor.