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Call for Paper: Key Concepts in the Islamic Ethical Tradition: Semantics, Methods and Approaches

Call for Paper

International Seminar

Key Concepts in the Islamic Ethical Tradition: Semantics, Methods and Approaches

Dr. Abdulrahman Helli


The Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) is pleased to invite scholars, academics and researchers to submit their research papers to an international seminar on

Key Concepts in the Islamic Ethical Tradition: Semantics, Methods and Approaches

during the period of December 2-4, 2019.

Description and Methodology of Research Papers

The abstracts and research papers should observe the following criteria:

  1. A specific ethical concept or concepts should be studied semantically using the conceptological methodology described above, or the submission may provide a critical appraisal of approaches to ethical concepts. Abstracts and papers that do not address the topical question will not be considered.
  2. Abstracts and papers dealing with a general topic or those that do not address a clear and specific research problematic relevant to the subject of the seminar will not be considered.
  3. Descriptive papers, which are based on compilation, statistics and typology and which do not offer an analytical and historical approach to the concept will not be accepted.
  4. Papers that examine ethical conceptology as framed by a specific author or school should avoid delving into biographical information and should stick to only those biographical elements that serve the analytical purpose in relation to ethical theory.
  5. In the event of proposing a topic that has already been studied, the abstract should justify the importance of offering it again, highlighting the gaps or deficiencies in the previous study and how the improvements will be carried out. Unless justified, no previously presented study will be taken into consideration.


  1. Abstract (300-500 words) which identifies the research problematic, the main question and the sub-questions to be addressed by the research paper, as well as the proposed methodology to answer them, highlighting the extent to which the study will differ from previous studies, if any. See attached background paper for more details.
  2. A brief CV (500 words maximum) stating the researcher’s (a) academic background, (b) major research interests, and (c) most important publications.

The authors of accepted abstracts will be notified and invited to submit full-length papers (7,000-10,000 words) according to the timeline shown below.

Publication of Accepted Papers

Accepted papers, as well as those presented at the seminar, will be sent to two academic referees for blind evaluation in accordance with accepted publication norms and standards. They will then be published in a special issue of Journal of Islamic Ethics or in a special volume in the book series Studies in Islamic Ethics, both of which are published by Brill. The open-access published works will be made accessible to the largest possible number of readers around the world.

Research and Seminar Languages

Abstracts and research papers can be submitted in English or Arabic, and the discussion at the seminar will be conducted in both languages.


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.
  • Travel and accommodation costs during the three days of the seminar.

Important Dates

  • 20/07/2019: Deadline for abstract and short bio submission
  • 27/07/2019: Notification of the committee's decision on abstracts
  • 01/11/2019: Deadline for submission of full papers
  • 10/11/2019: Notification of the committee’s decision on papers
  • 1-3/12/2019 Seminar at the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics in Doha, State of Qatar
  • 10/01/2020: Deadline for the submission of final version of full papers after making the necessary editorial corrections in the light of the comments and suggestions of the scientific committee. The final papers will then be submitted to Brill for evaluation and publication


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