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Call for Papers

Zaytuna College | Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty Sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation

Topic: Insights from Islamic thought on forming a just and moral society

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2022

Description: While many, even in the academy, still today recycle unfounded false dichotomies between Islam, on the one hand, and liberal societies and economics, on the other, the work of Sherman Jackson (2003), Andrew March (2009), Vali Nasr (2009), Nader Hashemi (2012), and Mohammad Fadel (2018) has made significant headway in adding nuance and accuracy to discussions of the complexities and compatibilities between Islam and liberal democracies. This special symposium in the Journal of Markets & Morality is seeking papers on the broad themes of Islam and the forming of a just and moral society relating it to liberal democratic notions of economic liberty and religious freedom. Topics include, but are not limited to: Islamic conceptions of justice and liberty, social, political and economic goods in the Islamic tradition, and Islam and capitalism. Scholars of a variety of disciplines are invited to submit their 3,000-4,000 word papers (excluding notes), relating to this theme and advancing the state of scholarship in line with, and beyond, current contributions.

Publication: Three to six articles will be published, both in print and online, forming a Symposium Feature in the Journal of Markets & Morality. The Journal of Markets & Morality is a peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Acton Institute for the last 25 years. It is one of the most well-established journals focusing on the relationship between theology and a just ordering of society. The estimated publication date for this edition of the journal is December 21, 2022.

Submission Guidelines

  • Papers should be submitted as final drafts as Word documents to Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali, Associate Professor at Zaytuna College [email protected]

  • Papers must be in English and must relate to the theme of the call for papers.

  • The body of the submission email should include: author's name; title of the paper; institutional affiliation; word count.

  • Papers should follow the Chicago Manual of Style endnote reference style (not author date) and American English.

  • The papers should be between 3,000 and 4,000 words, excluding notes.

  • The papers should not have been published or presented elsewhere, and should follow common academic standards.

  • Coauthored submissions are acceptable.


Please send paper submissions to Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali, Associate Professor at Zaytuna College [email protected].

Inquiries and questions about the call for papers may be directed to Nathan Mech, Manager at the Acton Institute [email protected].