A New Issue of the Sociology of Islam

Sociology of Islam: Leading the Faithful: Religious Authority in the Contemporary Middle East

Volume 6, Issue 2, 2018


Leading the Faithful: Religious Authority in the Contemporary Middle East
Spiritual Elite Communities in the Contemporary Middle East
Continuity and Change in Religious Authority among Sunni Arabs
The Making of a Marjaʿ: Sīstānī and Shiʿi Religious Authority in the Contemporary Age
The ‘Alawī Shaykhs of Religion
Sufi Religious Leaders and Sufi Orders in the Contemporary Middle East
Transformations in Minority Religious Leadership
Leading the Faithful: Religious Authority in the Contemporary Middle East
  • pp.: 261–262 (2)

New Issue of the journal Scandinavian Jewish Studies

Theme: The Problem of Evil and Images of (in)Humanity

Guest Editors: Cathrine Bjørnholt Michaelsen & Claudia Welz

You find the journal at https://journal.fi/nj/issue/view/4934

Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies aims at promoting Jewish studies in Scandinavia by publishing scholarly articles, surveys and documents, by reviewing recent literature, and compiling bibliographies. The contributions are published in one of the Scandinavian languages, or in English, German or French, with an abstract in English. The journal is strictly academic and does not pursue any special religious, political or cultural policy. It is published open access online.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,

Karin Hedner Zetterholm & Ruth Illman
Editors of Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies

Call for papers: Worldviews in creating meaning and purpose for learning

Special Issue: Journal of Beliefs & Values

We are happy to invite scholars to contribute in our special issue in the Journal of Beliefs & Values. JBV has been among the most respected journals in our field for a long time. We believe that our peer-reviewed special issue can contribute in the high-level scholarly discussion of the journal with a viewpoint represented especially by the EARLI SIG19 Conference 2018 (http://www.uef.fi/web/sig19conference2018/).

The Special Issue will be based on both the best papers of the EARLI SIG 19 conference 2018 and possible supplementing papers derived from this open call. We particularly welcome submissions that recognise the conference theme “Worldviews in creating meaning and purpose for learning”, and that address, for example, the following questions: How worldviews impact people’s motivation to learn, how worldviews guide people’s life choices and future orientation, and how worldviews and religions help people to find meaning and purpose in life.The articles can be empirical or philosophical. We anticipate not only methodological diversity but also wish the articles to reflect diverse interpretations and representations of worldviews, values and beliefs in education, cultural and national contexts.

We expect the authors to study the JBV homepage and familiarise oneself with the scope and format of the journal.https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjbv20/current

The deadline for the full papers with the length and format of the JBV guidelines by 1st of October 2018. After the blind review process, the revised final versions of the manuscripts are expected to be submitted by 15th of December 2018. The estimated publication of the special issue will be in 2019.

Please contact guest editors with queries concerning the topic and send your contribution to Laura Hirsto (laura.hirsto@uef.fi).

Thank you!

Approaching Religion (Vol. 8/1) published: The history of modern Western esotericism

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to announce the publication of Vol. 8/1 of our journal Approaching Religion.

Theme: The history of modern Western esotericism
Guest editors: Dr Tiina Mahlamäki & Dr Maarit Leskelä-Kärki

You find the journal open access at https://journal.fi/ar

AR is an open access journal published by the Donner Institute. Its purpose is to publish current research on religion and culture and to offer a platform for scholarly co-operation and debate within these fields. The articles have been selected on the basis of peer-review.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,

A New Issue: Sociology of Islam – Volume 6, Issue 1, 2018

Sociology of Islam

Volume 6, Issue 1, 2018


A Manifesto: The Meaning of Sociology of Islam, Muslim Societies, the “Middle East” and the Human Rights Industry
Islam. The Meaning of Style
African American Twelver Shia Community of New York
Society in Qatar before the Oil Industry in Light of Archaeological Evidence
Texts as Objects of Value and Veneration
·  Book Review
Muslim Civil Society and the Politics of Religious Freedom in Turkey, written by Jeremy F. Walton
·  Book Review
Corporate Islam: Sharia and the Modern Workplace, written by Sloane-White, Patricia

A New Journal: Global Review – The Institute of Global Studies – Shanghai University

A New Journal: Global Review – The Institute of Global Studies – Shanghai University



The “Global Review” is an academic journal sponsored by the Shanghai University Center for Global Studies. It aims to promote the development of a global academic discipline in China. It was founded in 2012, when the Shanghai University’s Global Studies Center is upgraded to the Institute of Global Issues, the Global Review will also be revised.
The new edition of the “Global Review” is dedicated to advancing global academic research and discipline development in the Chinese academic community, advocating cross-cultural, cross-regional and interdisciplinary approaches, focusing on global issues and global governance, and revealing the diversity of world civilizations and the road to modernization. Diversity.
Globalization is both a process and a more beneficial perspective. The two characteristics of “liquidity” and “networking” in the era of globalization have made it necessary for many issues to break the old paradigm of “nation-states” and place them in a global context. Scholars may have differences about the starting point of globalization, but no one questions the breadth and depth of the current globalization process. We sincerely hope that the “Global Review” can become a “survey field” in the Chinese academic community. Welcome Scholars at home and abroad are here to discuss and debate and contend for confrontation. Ultimately, they can agglomerate consensus and form a Chinese theory, school, and program on global studies.  

The Global Review has five sections:

(1) Global Theory

(2) Global issues and global governance

(3) Globalization and Regional Social Development

(4) Human Destiny Community

(5) Book reviews and academic information

The new edition of the “Global Review” will be published by the Social Sciences Academic Press and will be published twice a year. Anonymous peer review system was implemented, and the reply was given within two months of acceptance. The citation and annotation format of the manuscript is the same as “Chinese Social Sciences”.
Please submit the manuscript to the editorial office of Global Review.

Mailing address: Building 3, East Campus, Baoshan Campus, Shanghai University, 333 Nanchen Road, Shanghai, China

Announcing a new journal: Journal of Dharma Studies

The journal’s mission is to employ theoretical and empirical methodologies for the intersubjective understanding of, and real-world applications of the conceptual resources, textual sources, and experiential practices—including ritual, social, ethical, liturgical, contemplative, or communitarian—to foster critical-constructive reflections on Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist traditions: what is now referred to as Dharma Studies.

Editors-in-Chief: Rita D. Sherma, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA
  • Investigates, presents, interprets, and envisions the shared and distinct categories of the life-worlds of the Indic Religions globally
  • In a multidisciplinary format with articles from religious studies, philosophy, ethics, cultural studies, musicology, film, contemporary issues, sociology, anthropology, and the arts
  • Within a structure that maintains the rigor of conventional academic discourse, but adds methodological contextualization and investigative, epistemic, hermeneutical and evaluative perspectives from these religious and cultural traditions.

Beyond the Islamic Revolution Perceptions of Modernity and Tradition in Iran before and after 197

Ed. by Sheikhzadegan, Amir / Meier, Astrid

Series:Welten des Islams – Worlds of Islam – Mondes de l’Islam

Aims and Scope

The volume contributes to a better understanding of Iranian history since 1953, with a focus on societal change and its reflection in intellectual discourse. The papers explore the attitudes of Iranians toward modernity and tradition before and after the Revolution of 1979. With insights from Oriental studies, history, sociology, literature and social anthropology, the volume offers a cross-disciplinary perspective on the intellectual, political, and social history of Iran.

Article on Gender in the Islamic Republic of Iran

The following article which has just been published might be of research interest of some scholars in this list:
Foroutan, Y. (2018), Formation of Gender Identity in the Islamic Republic of Iran: Does Educational Institution Matter?, Journal of Beliefs & Values, Vol. 39, Issue 2. 
With kind Regards,