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Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

Author Guidelines


  1. Articles submitted to Islamic Insight should not have been published elsewhere and should not be under consideration by other publication.
  1. Articles must be in English and should not exceed 10,000 words. Book reviews should be around 1,000-1,500 words.
  2. All submissions must be typed double spaced and should be 12-point Times New Roman font.
  3. All articles must include a 200-250 word abstract. Five to seven keywords may be provided at the end of the abstract.
  4. Full name(s) of the author(s), along with their affiliation and email address, may be typed at the beginning of the article.
  5. Headings and sub-headings of different sections should be clearly indicated.
  6. Submissions must be sent as email attachments in two formats, i.e. Word document and PDF, to editorislamicinsight@gmail.com.

Style of Referencing:

  1. Papers should follow the in-text parenthetical citation style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).
  2. Endnotes may be given along with in-text citation to supplement the paper with extra information.
  3. References should be alphabetically ordered.

APA Citation Examples:

  • Book:
  1. Single author(in-text):Fakhry (1983)

Single author (parenthetical format): (Fakhry, 1983) (Fakhry, 1983, p. 13) (Fakhry, 1983, pp. 13-18)

Reference:Fakhry, Majid (1983). A History of Islamic Philosophy. New York: Columbia University Press.

  1. Multiple authors (first citation in-text): Hair, Black, Babin, and Anderson (2010)

Multiple authors (first citation in parenthetical): (Hair, Black, Babin, & Anderson, 2010)

Multiple authors in-text and parenthetical formats in subsequent citations: Hair et al. (2010) (Hair et al., 2010)

Reference: Hair, J. F., Black, W. C., Babin, B. J., & Anderson, R. E. (2010). Multivariate

data analysis: A global perspective. (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Education.

  • Journal:

In-text: Jacoby (1994)

Reference: Jacoby, W.G. (1994). Public attitudes toward government spending. American Journal of Political Science, 38(2), 336-361.

  • Chapter in a book:

In-text: Dar (1963)

Reference:Dar, B.A. (1963). Ethical Teachings of the Qur’an. In M.M.Sharif (ed.), A History of Muslim Philosophy. Weisbaden: Otto Harrassowitz.

  • Qurʾan:

In-text:(i) direct quotation, write as 114:5

(ii) indirect quotation, write as Qur’ān, 114:5

Reference: The glorious Qur’an. Translation and commentary by A. Yusuf Ali (1977). US: American Trust Publications.


Arabic Transliteration Guideline

  1. All Arabic words used in the submissions must be transliterated with Unicode characters.
  2. Transliteration refers to the representation of Arabic writing by using the Roman alphabet. Some Arabic letters have direct equivalent. Therefore, they need not to be transliterated. For instance, ‘ب’ is represented by ‘b’. But some other letters have no direct equivalents in the normal Roman alphabet. Therefore, a number of special characters have been created for the purposes of transliterating such letters, such as ‘Ṣ’ for the Arabic letter ‘ص’.
  3. Unicode is a system provided in Microsoft word to facilitate transliteration system. In this system, each such letter is represented by an alpha numeric character which helps the writer to select and insert the letter from ‘symbols’ in ‘insert’ to the word file. 
  4. The pdf version of this guidelin and the Arabic Transliteration guidline is available here for download.

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