ISSN: 0806-198X



Alex Metcalfe (Lancaster University)


Frédéric Bauden (Université de Ličge)

Joseph Norment Bell (University of Bergen, emeritus)

Michael G. Carter (Sydney University)

Agostino Cilardo (Universitŕ degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale")

Kinga Dévényi (Corvinus University of Budapest)

Antonella Ghersetti (Universitŕ Ca' Foscari, Venice)

Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila (University of Helsinki)

Carole Hillenbrand (University of Edinburgh)

John O. Hunwick (Northwestern University, emeritus) 

David A. King (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt)

Pierre Larcher (Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence)

Stefan Leder (Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg)

Wilferd Madelung (Oxford University, emeritus)

Juan Quesada Martos (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

James E. Montgomery (Cambridge University)

Ute Pietruschka (Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg)

Juan A. Souto (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Paul G. Starkey (University of Durham)

John O. Voll (Georgetown University)

Petr Zemánek (Charles University, Prague)




The Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies has been established to promote the study of Arabic language and literature and Islamic civilization through the publication of research articles and review articles. Occasional communications and shorter reviews are for the moment not published by the Journal.


The Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies is issued electronically and on paper. On the Internet it is published by the Section of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of Bergen, in cooperation with the Institute of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Charles University, Prague, the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh, and Lancaster University, which now hosts the Journal's primary Internet site. On paper it is published by Edinburgh University Press. The Journal's present electronic format and some of its current policies owe much to those of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics. The editors acknowledge in particular their debt to Dr. Wayne R. Husted, who served as Technical Editor during the Journal's first year.

Material is released first as pre-publication Adobe Acrobat PDF files, which in principle retain all the formatting of traditional paper publications when viewed on the computer screen or printed out. Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can display and print out files in the PDF format is available free of charge for most computer platforms. It may be obtained from Adobe Systems Incorporated. Subsequently a paper version will be made available by the Edinburgh University Press, at which time the fully formatted PDF files will be withdrawn from the Internet and replaced by HTML files. For purposes of citation, please use the pagination of the printout of the PDF file or of the paper version when it is published. These will be identical. The pagination of the PDF files is given in brackets (black) in the HTML versions. Underlined words before a page number are divided between pages in the PDF version. 


Currently one must search the Journal article by article. HTML Unicode files are posted as soon as possible after the PDF files are finalized. These are for both searching and linking. While the text and footnotes of these files will not be altered, new links and comments may be added at any time. Furthermore, the formatting and presentation of these files may be altered as changes in browser technology allow. The official version for citation is the paper version, or the final PDF files, since there is no difference in pagination. This pagination is also given in the HTML files (in black brackets).

To view the Journal's early HTML files with the original diacritics, the TrueType font JAIS1 TTW (of which PC and Mac versions were available) had to be installed in one's operating system. These files have all been removed and replaced by identical files in HTML Unicode. Likewise all links regarding the JAIS1 TTW font, which we no longer use, have been removed.

(For very early browsers, such as Netscape 2.02, the variable width font selected in the browser had to be a version of JAIS1 [JAIS1 Type One or JAIS1 TTW]. Subsequent browsers were not very good at holding our composite JAIS1 characters together, and a diacritic might separate from the letter it was intended to mark. In addition, an important diacritic, one of our lower dots (under h, for example) did not show up at all in the later browsers. Note, however, that this problem does not occur with a word processor like Word, unless one is using Word as an HTML editor.)

Searching for text in an article is accomplished from any Unicode compliant Latin keyboard. For searching for special characters, especially those difficult to remember the keyboard combinations for, we recommend for Word Unicoder for PC or Mac (although it is slow since it is menu-based, and does not give the proper values for 'ayn and hamza). One will therefore also want a language specific keyboard layout for the characters one uses most often, and for 'ayn and hamza. An example is "Yanqut Norwegian," which might work for basic characters for others using QUERTY keyboards. 


The Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies is devoted primarily to the publication of research in Arabic language and linguistics, medieval and modern Arabic literature, and Islamic culture. Contributions published by the Journal are normally based mainly on materials in Arabic and other Near Eastern languages. Research based on sources in Western languages will also be published in instances where the editors consider the material especially relevant to the purposes of the Journal.


The Monograph Series seeks to promote the same goals as the Journal, and submissions will be subjected to the same peer review process. The monographs are marketed by the Edinburgh University Press separately along with its other Middle Eastern and Islamic publications. Monographs not exceeding 256 pages will require a subsidy of GBP 1750, to which the author(s) or their institutions will likely be asked to contribute. Submissions should be sent in PDF format along with the original word processor file to Joseph Norment Bell <>.


a.  To subscribe to the Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies information list, simply send an e-mail message to:


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N.B. In both cases leave the "Subject" field blank, and turn off your signature file. Please do not send the message to Alex Metcalfe <>,  Joseph Norment Bell <>, or, as this will not work.

When you subscribe, your name and e-mail address is appended to the subscription list. This list is used primarily for announcing newly published material and will provide titles, abstracts, and retrieval instructions. Calls for papers and other important news concerning the Journal may also be distributed in this way. In order to minimize the burden on network resources, manuscripts published by the Journal will not be distributed automatically.

Access to the electronic files of the Journal is currently free. This policy will be reviewed each year in the light of experience during previous years of publication. It is in any event the goal of the editors to continue to make the Journal's electronic files available at the lowest possible cost.

b. If you have a specific query relating to the paper edition of the Journal published by the Edinburgh University Press, or you would like a sample copy,  please go to the following site


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Scholarly manuscripts pertaining to any of the areas mentioned in the Journal's Editorial Policy are welcome. The Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies publishes material primarily in the following two categories:

1) research articles

2) review articles (of books, articles)


The Journal will also consider publishing review articles concerning software, communications, book reviews, and software reviews, although such material will not normally be solicited, and books and software will not be distributed for review. (The policy of publishing submissions of these kinds is currently being reassessed.) Any software reviews submitted to the Journal should discuss primarily the relevance of the software for applications in the field of Arabic and Islamic studies rather than technical issues.

Papers will be subject to peer review by appropriate members of the Editorial Board or external evaluators selected at the Editor's discretion.

Research articles, review articles, communications, and unsolicited reviews must be submitted according to the Submission Procedures described below.


For the convenience of authors, the Journal treats submission and publication as a two-stage process.

Guidelines on submission are outlined below. Guidelines on preparing an accepted manuscript for publication and information on the reformatting and alterations that may be necessary to accommodate the requirements of the electronic medium are available in the files STYLE.HTM and FONTS.HTM.

All authors should follow the guidelines for submission. The guidelines for publication concern only those authors who have been informed by the Journal that their work has been accepted for publication.


A. Authors should send submissions as e-mail attachments including the original word-processor file and an Adobe Acrobat PDF file (or separate hard copy if necessary) directly to the Editor, <>. Send hard copy to the following address:

Dr Alex Metcalfe

Department of History

Lancaster University

Lancaster LA1 4YG


Tel: 0044 (0)1524 592554

Fax: +44 (0) 1524 846102

B. All submissions should be preceded by a header containing the title of the manuscript and certain information about it, the name(s) of the author(s), any affiliations, mail and e-mail addresses, and telephone and telefax numbers. The header should be formatted as in the following example:

a) Category of submission: Research Article, Review Article (Book, Article),

Review Article (Software), Communication, Software Review.

b) Title: Ghazal in Early Arabic Poetry

c) Author(s): Jane Doe and John H. Smith

d) Word length: 9,999 words

e) Fonts used in file: Times New Roman (Vista version), JaghbUni

f) Date of submission: 1 January 2007

g) Address:

Name of Institution

Name of Department

Full Postal Address

E-Mail Address

Telephone Number

Fax Number


C. In the case of Research Articles and Review Articles please include an abstract of no more than 150 words after the header.

D. Depending on the opinion of the editors or external evaluators, articles will be

(1) approved for publication without alteration,

(2) approved subject to modification, or

(3) declined.


The editors welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions. Please feel free to send e-mail to the Editor, Alex Metcalfe (Islamic and Norman Sicily, the medieval Mediterranean), or to any of the members of the editorial board listed below.

ˇ  Frédéric (medieval history, ancillary sciences)

ˇ  Joseph Norment Bell - (Sufism, theology, religious culture)

ˇ  Michael G. Carter - (medieval Arabic grammatical theory)

ˇ  Agostino Cilardo - (Islamic law and instituions, Islamic studies)

ˇ  Kinga Dévényi - (linguistics, proverbs)

ˇ  Lutz Edzard - (Arabic and Semitic linguistics)

ˇ  Antonella Ghersetti - (classical Arabic literature, Arabic linguistics)

ˇ  Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila - (classical Arabic literature)

ˇ  Carole Hillenbrand -  (Islamic history and medieval Islamic thought)

ˇ  John O. Hunwick - (Islamic Africa, history, Islamic law)

ˇ  David A. King - (history of science)

ˇ  Pierre Larcher - (linguistics, traditional Arabic grammatical thought)

ˇ  Stefan Leder  - (classical Arabic literature, culture)

ˇ  Wilferd Madelung - (early Islamic history, sects)

ˇ  Juan Quesada Martos - (law and science in Islamic Spain)

ˇ  James E. Montgomery - (classical Arabic thought)

ˇ  Ute Pietruschka - (Greek influence on Islamic and Oriental Christian thought, Syriac and Christian Arabic literature)

ˇ  Juan A. Souto - (history and material culture of Islam)

ˇ  Paul G. Starkey - (modern Arabic literature)

ˇ  John O. Voll - (Islamic religion, Sudan, Islam and the West)

ˇ  Petr Zemánek - (linguistics, Semitics)

Last modified January 24, 2009.

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