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The Harvard Journal of Islamic Law and its related Forum now welcomes submissions of Articles, Essays, and Comments. We prefer that you submit your materials directly through this website. Those unable to do so may email the materials to pil@law.harvard.edu. Author registration is required to make a submission. We ask that all authors comply with the following standards.

We are actively accepting scholarship submission to the new Harvard Journal in Islamic Law for new scholarship in Islamic law, and its related Forum for new developments in Islamic law scholarship, cases, and AI/Digital Humanities. Submissions may take many forms, including: Articles, Essays, Case Briefs, Student Notes, Scholarship Reviews, Tech Reviews, Forum Comments or Responses (by open submissions and invitation), Symposia Participation on New Scholarship (by invitation), and Roundtable Contributions on Recent Islamic caselaw or Digital Islamic Law (by invitation). The below sections describe each submission type, parameters and word count, and the policies for peer review.

Articles & Essays

Articles present sustained works of original research on some aspect of Islamic or comparative law; essays are usually narrower in scope. While the line between them is not rigid, we recommend that article submissions have fewer than 25,000 words, including footnotes; and essay submissions have fewer than 8,000 words, including footnotes.


Notes are student-written works typically available to Harvard students. Note submissions should have fewer than 8,000 words, including footnotes.

Case Briefs

Case Briefs present the basic facts of a recent cases related to Islamic law in Muslim-majority or Muslim-minority countries. Submissions should have fewer than 1,500 words, including

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.