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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Harvard University
The stated mission of the International Journal of Islamic Thought (IJIT) is “to encourage scholarly research in Islamic thought.” The editors invite the submission of research papers, review articles, conference reports, and book reviews, seeking articles running from between 3,000 to 5,000 words. The editorial board membership is mainly composed of scholars from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, while the International Advisory Board includes members from Bangladesh, Morocco, the United States, Iran, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Brunei, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The IJIT is published twice a year (in June and December) and publishes papers in Arabic, English, and Malay; papers in Malay and Arabic have abstracts and keywords in English.
The scope of the content is very broad across a host of subjects within Islamic studies, including theology, philosophy, the sciences, gender, law, psychology, religion,languages, sociology, the environment, culture, human rights, communications, information technology, and other contemporary issues. The Journal is indexed in Index Islamicus, among other resources, and authors retain the copyright for material published in the IJIT. There is an APC fee of USD 200.00.
An examination of the most recent issue available at the time of this review finds seven articles, two written in Malay, four in English, and one in Arabic. They span a wide range of subjects and are quite representative of the kinds of material to be found in the IJIT: “Pemikiran Politik dan Kenegaraan Mohammad Natsir” (“Mohammad Natsir’s Political Thought and Nationalism”), “Islamic Modernists and Discourse on Reason as a Reconciliatory Argument between Islam and the Western Enlightenment,” “From Islamicizing the Sciences to Strategizing for Muslims’ Scientific Breakthrough,” “Qadar in Classical and Modern Islamic Discourses: Commending a Futuristic Perspective,” “Islamic Civilization: Its Significance in al-Faruqi’s Islamization of Knowledge,” “Terorisme sebagai Cabaran Ideologi Muslim Masa Kini: Satu Analisis dari Perspektif Falsafah” (“Terrorism as Ideological Challenge on Contemporary Muslim: A Philosophical Analysis”), and “تأثير الصوت من كلام البشر نموذجا قوله تعالى: إن أنكر الأصوات لصوت الحمير” [“Influence of Sound from the Words of Human Being with Special Reference to al-Quran (31:19)”]. This journal offers a mainly Malaysian scholarly perspective on issues within and affecting Islam, and will be useful to researchers seeking publications written from such a perspective.