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[Dates Updated] Call for Research Papers "Migration & Islamic Ethics: Issues of Residence, Naturalization & Citizenship"

The Doha-based Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) is pleased to invite scholars, academics and researchers to submit their research papers to a closed three-day seminar on Migration and Islamic Ethics – Issues of Residence, Naturalization and Citizenship to be held in Doha during the period January 28-30, 2018. The seminar is convened by CILE’s research unit Migration Ethics and Human Rights as part of a publication project carrying the same title, in collaboration with Brill Publishers.

Those who are interested should send:

(a) An abstract (300-500 words), describing the research’s core ideas and how they will be addressed in the light of the attached Background Paper, and

(b) A brief biography (max. 500 words) outlining the applicant’s academic background, main research interests and key publications.

Authors whose abstracts are accepted will receive an invitation to submit their full papers (between 7,000 and 10,000 words) within the deadline specified below. The authors of a selection of the accepted papers will be invited to participate in the seminar and the other accepted papers will be considered for the publication project. It is to be noted that submissions (abstracts, bios and full papers) can be written in either English or Arabic.

Please note that the call is for critical analyses of the philosophies behind the laws of migration, asylum and settlement/citizenship – not mere comments or statements of the law. The selection criteria will be based more upon a critical, analytical outlook of existing legal texts, ministerial decrees as well as fatwas, etc. Note also that this call for papers is open to all voices. Authors may focus on particular issues in either the normative or current practice fields. However, preference will be given to those who can incorporate both normative and applied fields into their analyses.

Plan of the Refereed Publication with Brill:

In April 2016, CILE signed an agreement with Brill to launch the refereed Journal of Islamic Ethics (JIE). A thematic issue in the JIE is one of the planned deliverables of the above-mentioned publication project “Migration and Islamic Ethics: Residence, Naturalization and Citizenship”Thus, accepted submissions in this call-for-papers will undergo the usual peer-review process for inclusion in this publication project.


CILE will offer the authors of accepted papers the following benefits:

  • Refereed publication
  • Cover of the costs of making the publication available via open access.

For those who will be invited to present their papers during the closed seminar, the following additional benefits apply:

  • Travel and accommodation costs during the three days of the seminar.
  • Translation of the submitted paper into Arabic or English.

[Updated] Important Dates:

  • June 5, 2017: Deadline for receiving paper title, abstracts and bios. Please read the attached Background Paper carefully before writing the abstract.
  • June 15, 2017: Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be notified and invited to write the full papers.
  • September 25, 2017: Deadline for receiving the full papers.
  • October 10, 2017: Authors whose papers are accepted will be notified.
  • October 20, 2017: Accepted papers will be sent for translation into Arabic or English.
  • January 28-30, 2018: Seminar in Doha, Qatar
  • March 25, 2018: Revisions of papers for refereeing and publication

Contact Us:

Submissions should be sent to For any inquiries about this call-for-papers or about the accompanying Background Paper, please contact Dr. Ray Jureidini – who directs the CILE research unit ‘Migration, Ethics and Human Rights’.


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