Manchester Journal of Transnational Islamic Law & Practice
ISSN 2633-6626


The MJTILP (formerly the Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law) was founded in 2005. The Journal is independent of any State or institutional affiliation, and has a diverse editorial board and global reach. It is published twice a year by Ltd; and available both in electronic and printed forms. The Journal is indexed on Scopus.

Aims of the Journal:

The principal objectives of the Manchester Journal of Transnational Islamic Law & Practice (MJTILP) are to provide a vehicle for the consideration of transnational forms of Islamic law and practice. Transnationalism in Islamic law is taken broadly as communications and interactions linking Islamic thoughts, ideas, people, practices and institutions across nation-States and around the globe. In recent times, research in Islamic law has shaped narratives based on nation-States, demographics, diasporic communities, and ethnic origins instead of developing around a central core. Contemporary issues of Islamic law are increasingly linked to geographical locations and ethnic or parochial forms of religious beliefs and practices. Expressions like American, European, British, Asian and Arab Islam have widely gained acceptance.

Despite the growing importance of dialogue to develop shared understandings of issues facing Islamic law and proposing coordinated solutions, the contemporary research and scholarship has not developed harmoniously and remains piecemeal and sporadic. Researchers and practitioners of Islamic law are drawn from a wide variety of subjects and come from various regions of the world but have insufficient institutional support for sharing information and comparing experiences. Innovation in various strands and paradigms of Islamic law and practice is stifled because there are limited spaces where evolutionary, collaborative and interdisciplinary discourses can take place. This in turn hampers the ability to build on past research and record best practices, negatively impacting a consistent and orderly development of the field. There is a need to constitute a world community of Islamic law scholars based on interactions and aspirations moving across linguistic, ethnic, geographical and political borders.

The MJTILP is inspired by the need to fill these gaps. It provides a platform to legal and interdisciplinary scholars and researchers for critical and constructive commentaries, engagements and interactions on Islamic law and practice that are built upon configurations in contemporary contexts. It welcomes contributions that look comparatively at Islamic law and practice that apprise and inspire knowledge across national boundaries whether enforced by a State or voluntarily practised by worldwide Muslim communities. We are equally interested in scholarships on encapsulated cultural worlds, diaspora, identity and citizenship that are embedded and circumscribed by religious ties. As it has been the practice of the journal since its establishment in 2005, it also has a specific interest in issues relating to the practice of Muslim States in international law, international law issues that may concern Muslim countries, and all aspects of law and practice affecting Muslims globally.

  • Dr Ahmad Ghouri, Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law, University of Sussex, UK.
Deputy Editor-in-Chief:
  • Dr Amna Nazir, Reader in Law & Associate Director Centre for Human Rights, Birmingham City University, UK.
  • Dr Fatemeh Sadeghi Givi, Research Associate, Institute for Global Prosperity, University College London, UK.
Associate Editors:
Assistant Editors:
Book Review Editor:
Recent Developments Editor:
Editorial Board:
  • Prof Asma Afsaruddin, Indiana University, USA.
  • Prof Asad Q. Ahmed, University of California, Berkeley, USA.
  • Imam Qari Asim MBE, Leeds Makkah Masjid and DLA Piper, UK.
  • Prof Noor Aziah Mohd Awal, National University of Malaysia.
  • Prof Dr Mohd Ma'Sum Billah, King Abdul Aziz University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Prof Mohamed Elewa Badar, Northumbria University, UK.
  • Prof Michael R. Feener, Kyoto University, Japan.
  • Prof Ilias Bantekas, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar.
  • Prof Ann Black, University of Queensland, Australia.
  • Prof Shahbaz Ahmad Cheema, University of the Punjab, Pakistan.
  • Prof L. Ali Khan, Washburn University, USA.
  • Prof Bashar H. Malkawi, The University of Arizona, USA.
  • Prof Nakib Muhammad Nasrullah, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Prof Muhammad Munir, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • Prof A F M Maniruzzaman, Portsmouth Law School, University of Portsmouth, UK.
  • Prof Ebrahim Moosa, Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, USA.
  • Prof Jeff Redding, The University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Prof Javaid Rehman, Brunel University, UK.
  • Prof Ihsan Yilmaz, Deakin University, Australia.
  • Prof Luqman Zakariyah, Federal University of Kashere, Gombe, Nigeria.
  • Prof Nehaluddin Ahmad, Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University, Brunei Darussalam.
  • Faisal Kutty, Associate Professor, Southwestern Law School and Associate Professor of Law Emeritus, Valparaiso University, Canada.
Guidelines for authors:

The journal welcomes submission of articles, recent developments and book reviews for consideration with a view to publication.

The normal word length for article contributions in the journal is between 5000-15000 words. The journal also welcomes shorter contributions (2000-3000 words) for its recent developments section. All book reviews should be between 1000-2000 words.

All submissions are peer reviewed, and it is a requirement that they are original and not previously published elsewhere. Please take a look at our Guidelines for Contributors page for further instructions for authors and an explanation of our peer review process.


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: