Journal of Islamic Faith
and Practice

A Publication of the Islamic Seminary of America

The Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice is a new, online, double-blind, peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journal. The journal is published by the Islamic Seminary of America in partnership with IUPUI University Library. Produced annually, this journal commits itself to promoting academic and professional research about recent developments in American Muslim communities. In doing so, the Journal aims to provide a platform for scholars, students, and researchers to exchange their latest findings from varied disciplines. Therefore, one of the key aims of the Journal is to foster dialogue between academics, researchers, community leaders, chaplains and students regarding Islamic faith and how it is practiced in America. The Journal will be in an open-access format with print on demand available at


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Vol. 4 No. 1 (2022)

Domestic Violence and the American Muslim Community’s Response

Topics Include:

  • Transforming the Self, Family and Society through a Qur’anic Ethos
  • Becoming Allies: Introducing a Framework for Intersectional Allyship to Muslim Survivors of Gender-Based Violence
  • Punishment, Child Abuse, and Mandated Reporting
  • The Role of Muslim American Nonprofits in Combating Domestic Violence in the Community: An Exploratory Overview
  • Trauma, Witness, and Healing: Muslim Women Artists on Domestic Violence
  • Domestic Violence: A Personal Reflection and Journey

Vol. 3 No. 1 (2020)

Topics Include:

  • Kafāla: The Qur’anic-Prophetic Model of Orphan Care
  • Directive vs. Non-directive Clinical Approaches: Liberation Psychology and Muslim Mental Health
  • Standing in the Chaos: Cross-cultural Competency in Curriculum Materials
  • The Power of Prejudice: Cross-cultural Competency and Muslim Populations
  • The Role of the Imam in Leading American Mosques
  • Book Reviews: Understanding Muslim Chaplaincy
  • Islam, Individual Freedom, and the Pandemic: Reflections of a Muslim American Woman Living in the Middle East
  • Islamic Psychology: Expanding Beyond the Clinic


Vol. 2 No. 1 (2019)

Islamic Ethics in the American Context

Topics Include:

  • Toward a Muslim Ethics of Care: Leadership in American Islamic schools
  • “Walking Gently on the Earth”: An Interview with Nana Firman on Islamic Environmental Ethics
  • Navigating Ethical Dilemmas in Mental Health Practice Between Professional Ethics and Islamic Values
  • Practicing Clinical Bioethics: Reflections from the Bedside
  • Transformational Teaching: Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a Teacher and Murabbī
  • Book Review- Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa
  • Book Review- The Ethics of Disagreement in Islam
  • Without a Profession: The Politics of Being and Becoming an American Imam
  • “National Shura and In-Service for Chaplains, Imams, and Other Service Providers to the Muslim Community”
  • Spiritual Abuse: Education and Prevention for our Communities
  • Dissecting the Ethics of Organ Donation


Vol. 1 No. 1 (2018)

Modern American Contextuality in Understanding Islamic Faith and Practice

Topics Include:

  • The Islamic Seminary Foundation: Preserving Prophetic Principles
  • Al-waḥda al-bināʾiyya li-l-Qurʾān: A Methodology for Understanding the Qurʾān in the Modern Day”
  • “Islam and the American Common Good”
  • “Governance Issues in American Mosques: Exploring the Present and Making Recommendations for the Future”
  • Book Review- Kambiz GhaneaBassiri’s A History of Islam in America: From the New World to the New World Order
  • “National Shura and In-service Training for Chaplains and Imams and Other Service Providers to the Muslim Community”
  • “Howard University School of Divinity’s International Conference on the Qur’ān”

Call for Papers: The Family in the American Muslim Context

The Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice is an annual double-blind peer-reviewed online academic and interdisciplinary journal published by Indiana University and sponsored by the Islamic Seminary. The Journal invites colleagues to submit articles for publication that combine intellectual rigor with community engagement. The Journal aims to provide a platform for scholars, students, and researchers to exchange their latest findings and to foster dialogueamong them and community leaders regarding the Islamic faith and its practice in America. To this end, successful proposals will reflect theoretical and methodological sophistication and engagement with existing scholarship, while also being accessible tonon-specialists.
The fifth edition of the Journal will discuss and analyze The Family in the American Muslim Context.Its aim is to synthesize and advance both theoretical and empirical research on this topic within education, sociology, political science, healthcare, psychology, ecology, social service, the arts, and other relevant disciplines. Colleagues interested in publishing a conference summary and book reviews are also welcomed.
The timeline for peer review and publication is approximately 5 to 6months.
This issue will include the following:
• Theoretical papers: How do we examine and analyze American Muslim contributions in terms of developing methodologies and frameworks to approach the Qur’an, Sunna, and Islamic traditions as they relate to the family?
• Historical studies: How do we read and examine historical events, individuals, and organizations that influence the American Muslim community’s understanding of the family?
• American Islamic praxis papers: How do we examine the new practices, traditions, and cultures developing within the American Muslim community as they relate to the family?
• Case studies, qualitative interviews, and oral histories of key individualsor organizations: How do we examine and evaluate the conduct of American Muslims’ religious leadership, including the role of scholars, imams, and chaplains, with respect to responding to the internal and external challenges facing families?
Possible Topics
Papers should focus on how the family relates to key contemporary issues facing American Muslims, such as those listed below. We are also open to other topics that fit within the primary theme of this volume.
• Changing Family Structures and Dynamics in the American Muslim Community
• Parenting from an Islamic Perspective
•Instilling Family Values and Responsibility in Children
• Developing Children’s Values through Sports
•Nurturing Care and Compassion in the Family
• Adapting to the Changing Nature of Youth Challenges
• Family, Youth, Social Media, and the Internet
• The Impact of the Family on Education
• Islamic Schools, Public Schools, and the Role of Family
• Family and Gender Issues
• Family and Mental Health
• Addressing the Root Causes of Family Challenges
• Building Family Stability in the American Muslim Community
• The Role of the Masjid, Organizations, and Community in Supporting Families
• The Impact of Public Policy on the Family

Guidelines for Authors

Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice Invites:
• Social science-and humanities-based research papers reflecting on all aspects related to theIslamic faith and its practice in America.
• Abstracts of dissertations, theses, and research findings related to the American Muslim community: 700-1,000 words.
• Shorter reflection pieces by activists, imams, and chaplains: 2,000-3,000 words.
Assembly of the Manuscript: Standard research papers should be 7,000-10,000 words in length or longer, if approved by the editor. The article should be in Microsoft Word format. All submissions must conform to the Journal guidelines: original, unpublished research; double-spaced and single-sided; and in the Chicago Style.
The manuscript must contain the following parts:
Title, an abstract, 3-5 keywords, text, references, footnotes, tables, figures, and appendices. Not all papers will have all elements. However, if they do, this is the order in which they should be arranged.
Submission of the Manuscript:
• Send a brief note of intent to contribute noting the type, scope, and focus of your submission by December 15, 2022. You will receive a note of acceptance/non-acceptance by mid-January 2023.
• Send the completed paper by June 1, 2023, as an attachment, along with a 250-word abstract, 3-5 keywords, and a 150-word author bio.
• Decision Date after First Review: July 15, 2023
• Submission Deadline of Revised Manuscript: August 1, 2023
• Publication Date: September 2023
Submissions are accepted via e-mail:


Dr. Zainab Alwani, Howard University

Editorial Board

  • Dr. Ihsan Bagby, University of Kentucky
  • Chaplain Omer Bajwa, Yale University
  • Dr. Jonathan Brown, Georgetown University
  • Dr. James Jones, Manhattanville College
  • Dr. Nancy Khalil, University of Michigan
  • Dr. Shariq Siddiqui, Indiana University
  • Chaplain Sohaib Sultan, Princeton University
  • Dr. Nisa Muhammad, Howard University