Journal for Islamic Studies (JIS)
After more than a half century of Arabic and Islamic Studies being taught at tertiary institutions in South Africa, scholarship in this field has reached new milestones. The field has progressively grown over the years. The number of scholars, students and institutions offering subjects related to Islamic culture has increased from its humble beginnings. At another level places of learning such as dar al-uluum and madrassa format institutions have also mushroomed around southern Africa, especially in South Africa. This widens the audience for scholarship. At an international level, South African scholars are making a contribution to the field of Islamic thought, Arabic and Middle Eastern studies. All this augurs well for the disciplines and cognate fields to which this journal is dedicated.
The Journal for Islamic Studies (JIS) is committed to the publication of original research on Islam as a world culture and civilization. We therefore hope to stimulate and publish research that relates to religion, theology and law. At the same time, it is also our goal to cover the disciplines of history, culture, art, ethics, politics, international relations, philosophy, history of religions, anthropology and sociology in the variety of ways in which these relate to the world of Islam in its broadest sense. Comparative studies of societies, as well as research with an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary focus, are strongly encouraged. Contributions that display theoretical rigour, especially work that link the particularities of Islamic discourse to the enterprise of knowledge and critique in the humanities and social sciences, will find JIS to be receptive to such submissions.