MJTILP Guidelines for Contributors

Aims of the Journal:

Manchester Journal of Transnational Islamic Law & Practice (MJTILP) is a scholarly peer-reviewed journal published by electronicpublications.org. Since its establishment in 2005 as the Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law, this journal has evolved responding to specific needs in the Islamic law scholarship. It has also carried the title of Journal of Islamic Law and International Law for some years meeting similar scholarly objectives. Passing through another phase of evolution to MJTILP in 2020, the journal continues with its original aims to encourage national and international Islamic law scholarship. The MJTILP combines these two forms of scholarships together as transnational Islamic law and provides a unique space for discussion and innovation in various strands of Islamic law and practice across national boundaries. Transnationalism in Islamic law is taken broadly as communications and interactions linking thoughts, ideas, people, practices and institutions across nation-States. We welcome constructive and interdisciplinary commentaries on Islamic law and practice that are built upon configurations in contemporary contexts. Critical engagements with Islamic law and practice that apprise and inspire knowledge across national boundaries, whether enforced by a State or voluntarily practised by worldwide Muslim communities, are welcome. We are equally interested in scholarships on Muslim State practices, diaspora, identity and citizenship that are embedded and circumscribed by religious ties.

Guidelines for Authors:

The journal welcomes submission of articles for consideration with a view to publication. The normal word length for article contributions in the journal is between 5000-8000 words. All journal articles are peer reviewed, and it is a requirement of submission that these articles are original and not previously published elsewhere. The journal also welcomes shorter contributions for its ‘Recent Developments’ section.


Editorial correspondence, including submissions to the journal should be made electronically to Editor-in-Chief of the Manchester Journal of Transnational Islamic Law & Practice: Dr Ahmad Ghouri. E-mail: A.A.Ghouri@sussex.ac.uk.

Peer Review:

Receipt of all manuscripts will be acknowledged immediately. The Manchester Journal of Transnational Islamic Law & Practice is a peer-reviewed journal. All manuscripts received are evaluated by our Editors-in-Chief or one other member of the Editorial Board and by two anonymous external referees. After receiving comments from referees, notification of acceptance, rejection or need for revision will be given, normally, within ten weeks of receipt of manuscript, although exceptions to this time frame may occur. Excellence is a necessary condition for publication. The final decision on publication rests with the Editorial Board after submissions are refereed on the basis of anonymity. Substantive changes proposed by referees/Editorial Board will only be made in consultation with the author.

General Information:

Double space the text typed in point-size 12 with single spaced abstract and footnotes and wide (1 inch) margins. The entire manuscript should be paginated through. The first page must give: title of paper, contributor names, and the full address (including email) of the author designated to receive proofs/correspondence, and total word count. An abstract of no more than 150 words should be included with all submissions. Pages should be in numbered sequence. The name of the author(s) and Manchester Journal of Transnational Islamic Law & Practice (MJTILP) ISSN 2633-6626 should appear at the beginning immediately under the title, with an asterisked footnote giving the present position of the author(s) and an address (including email) for contact by readers, together with any desired acknowledgements. Headings should be to journal style. British spelling of English-language is used. Footnotes should be kept as brief as possible and used primarily for reference purposes; explanatory notes are discouraged. Submissions should be original unpublished work and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.


This journal uses footnotes and not endnotes. All submissions must be referenced using OSCOLA style.


Articles should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words (10,000 including footnotes). A short abstract (no more than 150 words) and a short biography of the author is required.

Submission and Preparation of Recent Developments:

Articles for the ‘Recent Developments’ section should be between 2,000 and 3,000 words. These shorter comments should follow journal style for articles. Submissions should be sent to Editor-in-Chief of the Manchester Journal of Transnational Islamic Law & Practice: Dr Ahmad Ghouri. E-mail: A.A.Ghouri@sussex.ac.uk.


Authors will receive a PDF proof of their article by email and it is essential that a current email address is supplied with all articles. Proofing instructions will accompany the PDF file, but the proof should be checked immediately upon receipt and returned as per covering instructions. Only essential corrections should be made at this stage.


Following publication, contributors will receive a PDF file of their articles free of charge by the publisher for personal use only.

Transfer of Copyright:

By submitting a manuscript, the author agrees that the copyright for the article is transferred to the publisher if and when the article is accepted for publication.