Book Review

Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law


We would like to invite reviewers to review a number of recently published books that may be of interest to the Islamic Law scholars and researchers. Books will be allocated for review on a first-come-first-served basis and you would have about one month to carry out the review. If you are interested in reviewing one of these books, please email Dr Eleni Polymenopoulou ( which book you are interested in reviewing and we will arrange for a copy (paper or online format) to be sent to you.

We are also inviting readers to propose books that they wish to review. Books should be rooted in scholarly analysis and critique and/or empirical study of Islamic Law and can be targeted at practitioners or written primarily for scholars in the field of Islamic Law. Kindly send the titles to Dr Eleni Polymenopoulou.

Submission Guidelines
• Manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word (.doc) format
• Manuscripts should be double-spaced (including quotations, excerpts, and footnotes)
• To facilitate our anonymous review process, submissions are to be prepared for anonymous review. Include a cover page with the author’s name, affiliation, title, and email address.
• Footnotes should be kept to a minimum and when used should follow OSCOLA referencing guide. Deadline for submission of Review is 15th October, 2014.

Recommended Format
A good book review provides a quick overview of the main ideas in the text. Also helpful is an account of how the book fits into or engages in an on-going philosophical debate. While not required, a compare and contrast approach can be useful to demonstrate both the main ideas and unique positioning of a book. An overview for a book review is good when it is broad and concise, including all and only the main points of the text. A good book review evaluates the text and deploys an argument regarding how successful the book is in achieving its own goals. This may, but need not, involve substantive disagreement with the argumentation found in the text. Many reviews will be best when they (i) begin with any important background information (e.g. author biography), (ii) provide a summary of the contents of the book, and (iii) end with the reviewer’s evaluation.

The currently available books (courtesy of our good friends at Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge, Oxford and Ashgate Publishers) are:

Islamic Banking and Finance: Definitive Texts and Cases
Omar Masood
ISBN: 978-0-230-33839-5
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Islamic Veiling in Legal Discourse
Anastasia Vakulenko
ISBN: 978-0-41556550-9
Publisher: Routledge

Islamic Law and the Law of Armed Conflict: The armed conflict in Pakistan
Nias A. Shah
ISBN: 978-0-415-56396-3
Publisher: Routledge

Islamic Economics and Finance: A European Perspective
Edited by Jonathan Langton, Cristina Trullols and Abdullah Q. Turkistani
ISBN: 978-0-230-30027-9
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

An Islamic Court in Context: An Ethnographic Study of Judicial Reasoning
Erine E. Stiles
ISBN: 978-0-230-61740-7
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

From Transnational Relations to Transnational Law: Northern European Laws at the Crossroads
Edited by Anne Hellum, Shaheen Sardar Ali and Anne Griffiths
ISBN: 978-1-4094-1896-2
Publisher: Ashgate

Islamic Finance: Law and Practice
Edited by Craig R. Nethercott and David M. Eisenberg
ISBN: 978-0-19-956694-5
Publisher: Oxford University Press

The Islamic Law of Inheritance
Hamid Khan
ISBN: 978-0-19-547336-0
Publisher: Oxford University Press

On Taqlid: Ibn al Qayyim’s Critique of Authority in Islamic Law
Abdul-Rahman Mustafa
ISBN: 978-0-19-993751-6
Publisher: Oxford University Press