Category Archives: Journal Announcements

Journal ‘Approaching Religion’ Vol. 10/1 published

Theme:  “Approaching Laestadianism. Research perspectives on the Laestadian movement”

Guest editors: Bengt-Ove Andreassen, Roald E. Kristiansen and Rolf Inge Larsen, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

You find the journal open access at

AR is an open access journal published by the Donner Institute. Its purpose is to publish current research on religion and culture and to offer a platform for scholarly co-operation and debate within these fields. The articles have been selected on the basis of peer-review. 

RELIGIOLOGIQUES, no 39 – « Islamophobie viriliste et radicalisation islamophobe »

La revue québécoise de sciences humaines, RELIGIOLOGIQUES, qui s’intéresse aux manifestations du sacré dans la culture ainsi qu’au phénomène religieux sous toutes ses formes, a le plaisir de vous annoncer la publication en ligne du No 39 (automne 2019) « Islamophobie viriliste et radicalisation islamophobe » (208 p.). Les textes sont disponibles dans leur intégralité sur le site Internet de la revue.


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—- Abdelwahed MEKKI-BERRADA

« Islamophobie viriliste et radicalisation islamophobe. Prolégomènes à une réhabilitation de la notion d’islamophobie »


—- Maryse POTVIN et Mélanie BEAUREGARD

« L’attentat à la mosquée de Québec dans la presse écrite québécoise entre le 30 janvier et le 1er mars 2017 »


« “Mon homme me bat, il boit de l’alcool et il joue au jeu !”. (Dé)construction narrative de l’islamophobie genrée au Québec : entre stratégies, pratiques et lieux communs »

—- Mondher KILANI

« Les femmes comme enjeu de contrôle. Penser et accompagner la subjectivation du sujet féminin et spirituel : l’étude de cas de Soraya »

—- Keira MECHERI

« Penser et accompagner la subjectivation du sujet féminin et spirituel : l’étude de cas de Soraya »


—- Gilles BIBEAU

« La “cité assiégée”, racine de la peur de l’autre »

Call for Papers: Journal ‘Religions’ – Special Issue “Pandemic, Religion and Non-religion”

The deadline for submitting proposals is 31 August 2020

The deadline for final manuscript submissions is 31 March 2021

This Issue on cultural and religious diversity is intended to mobilize knowledge and experiences in relation to the coronavirus pandemic on a global level, from an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary perspective. It will reflect on the way individuals, groups, and nations are addressing the crisis from non-religious or religious perspectives. Articles could offer empirical data (history, interviews, media analysis, contextual analysis) or theoretical analysis. We hope to receive proposals from many countries and in multiple disciplines. Historical as well as contemporary perspectives are welcome. Potential themes are as follows:

1) Creating meaning

How are nones, religious individuals and groups, and science making sense of the pandemic? What kind of rituals are being created to get through these difficult times? How is death ritualized and understood? How are employees who are risking their lives to save others reflecting about their involvement? What about fear, sickness, suffering, arts, and faith in the future?

2) Innovations, imagination, and conflicts

How are religions celebrating or communicating virtually? What are the contributions of religions during the crisis? How are nones and religions uniting around the same fight? How are some fundamentalists resisting the recommendations of authorities? What kind of intergenerational relations and critical discourses are emerging from the crisis?

3) Apocalyptic and conspiracy theory viewpoints

What kind of apocalyptic and conspiracy theorist views are circulating? How are relationships between science, health, and religions/nonreligion being developed?

4) Changes in perception of religious institutions

How are religious people and nones perceiving religious institutions during this time? How are their decisions and involvement in helping people being evaluated? To what extent is new media being used successfully by religious leaders, and what lessons can be learned from this for the future?

5) Other major themes

What does the crisis say about globalization, economy, the environment, animals, and humans?

Prof. Dr. Solange Lefebvre
Prof. Dr. Roberta Ricucci
Guest Editors

Journal Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies (Vol. 31/1) has been published

Vol. 31/1 of the journal Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies has been published. The issue includes articles by Maja Hultman, Jens Carlesson Magalhães and several articles relating to the theme “1989-2019: Jews in post-Communist Europe”. Guest editors: Lukasz Gorniok & Lena Roos.

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Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies aims at promoting Jewish studies in Scandinavia by publishing scholarly articles, surveys and documents, essays and conversations as well as by reviewing recent literature. The contributions are published in one of the Scandinavian languages, or in English, German or French, with an abstract in English. The journal is strictly academic and does not pursue any special religious, political or cultural policy.

NJ is published open access online. 

Volume 8 (2020): Issue 2 (May 2020) of Sociology of Islam journal has been published

A quarterly  Sociology of Islam journal has been published, collaboration with Georgetown University in Qatar. We have a special issue on Science and Scientific Production in the Middle East and a guest editor for this issue is Professor Ayman Shabana.

You will find the link below:

Volume 8 (2020): Issue 2 (May 2020): CIRS Special Issue of Sociology of Islam edited by Ayman Shabana

  1. Science and Scientific Production in the Middle East Past and Present By: Ayman Shabana
  2. The Increasing Prevalence of Girls in stem Education in the Arab World What Can We Learn? By: Rana Dajani, Sonali Dhawan and Sara M. Awad
  3. A Cruel Innovation: Israeli Experiments on Gaza’s Great March of Return By: Tariq Dana Pages: 175–198 Publication Date: 01 May 2020 Restricted Access Sciences, Technology, and Social Inequality in the Arab World An Analysis from the Maghreb By: Abdelkader Djeflat
  4. Sanctions and the Scientific Community of Iran By: Parviz Tarikhi
  5. Islamic Ethics and the Legitimacy of Scientific Innovation Reproductive Genetic Counseling within the Muslim Context By: Ayman Shabana  

Call for Papers: Journal “Religions” – special issue on religion, law, and politics

Contributions due by 18 December 2020

A new call for a special issue on religion, law, and politics for those of you who might be interested:

Religion, law, and politics are bodies of knowledge and institutionalized rules that generate order and control uncertainty. With modernity, the dominant liberal paradigm is aimed at differentiating categorically between them (M. Weber, J. Habermas, J. Rawls), separating their respective logics and “places” in society. In times of transformation and crisis, however, this “art of separation” (M. Walzer) cannot be taken for granted. For instance, religion has taken new political forms and entered into legal battles in the public sphere (L. Zucca and C. Ungureanu). Conversely, political and legal groups have become ever more involved in regulating moral-religious conflicts that divide people living under both democratic and non-democratic regimes. Nationalist-populist forces have often articulated their rhetoric by drawing on religious topoi and myths and galvanizing religious groups in society (C. Bottici; B. Challand). These phenomena have been articulated differently depending on the socio-historical context, and recent challenges have blurred and complexified the relation between religion, law, and politics. It is reasonable to assume, moreover, that the current COVID-19 crisis will further fuel religious effervescence and reactions, as well as new forms of authoritarianism.

This Special Issue contributes to the advancement of a renewed hermeneutics focused on the complexities of the relation between politics, law, and religion in the current “unsettled” times (A. Swidler), marked by multifaceted crises (ecological, democratic, epidemical), impacts of both migratory flows and situations of immobility, and the consequent rise in uncertainty. We welcome both theoretical and empirical (case or comparative) studies taking into consideration different historical contexts, religions, and spiritualities. This Special Issue is interdisciplinary and open to contributions from the social sciences (e.g., sociology, political science, anthropology), the humanities (e.g., religious studies, philosophy, history, critical theory, gender studies), and the arts (e.g., literature). It also welcomes contributions from decolonial and postcolonial studies that question the actual links between religion, law, and politics and propose new articulations for our understanding of religion and society.

We look forward to receiving contributions by 18 December 2020.

Call for papers: Journal -“Transformation in Afro American Religions”

Abstract and a short bio statement by 1st of November at the latest

Here is a Call for Papers for a special issue of the Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society. The topic of the special issue which will be guest edited by Gerald Hödl (Vienna) and myself, is the transformation of African derived American religions. The journal is published by Brill, fully open access (no costs for the authors as the journal is sponsored by the research centre Religion and Transformation at the University of Vienna). More information in the link:

If you are interested please email us ( and We will need abstract and a short bio statement by 1st of November at the latest. The article (if accepted) will be due in July 2021. Feel free to circulate the CfP. Thank you.

Call for Papers: Journal for the Academic Study of Religion – special issue on “Religion, Spirituality and the New African Diaspora” (Forthcoming 2021)

Abstract of up to 300 words and a brief biography by 31 July 2020

Full details available at:

In contrast to the African diaspora created through the slave trade, the “new” African diaspora is the product of recent and voluntary human movement (Okpewho & Nzegwu 2009), as individuals, families and communities have sought asylum, education, employment and other opportunities outside Africa. Recognizing that continuities and changes in religious and spiritual practices are a foundational aspect of diasporic experience, and that religion can be the “motor” of migration and migrant identity formation (Adogame 2007), this special issue is open to research articles on all aspects of religion, spirituality and the new African diaspora. We are particularly interested in studies from the Asia-Pacific region, but welcome articles focusing on any part of the world. 

Call for Manuscripts: Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion Volume 13 (Forthcoming 2022)

Deadline Submission of proposals: June 30, 2020

Jews and Muslims in Europe: Between Discourse and Experience

Edited by Samuel Sami Everett (University of Cambridge) and Ben Gidey (Birkbeck, University of London)

The Jew and the Muslim are historically among the primary figures of alterity in Europe, the constitutive outsiders who have shaped what Europe is, notably around questions of conflict, migration and integration. However, on the ground contemporary Jewish and Muslim communities have often been at the forefront of critical engagement with these questions, for example with regard to the Mediterranean migration crisis and heightened societal security concerns.

Although the academic evidence indicates negative attitudes to Jews and to Muslims in Europe correlate with each other in wider society, in the current century public discourse has instead emphasized growing antagonism between them. Commentators have pointed to Muslims as perpetrators of antisemitism in France, Germany, and the UK; others have pointed to the growing alignment between organized Jewish community bodies and the rising populist tide. However, scholarship tends to concentrate on only one of these narratives, while ethnographic insight suggests that in urban neighbourhoods, relations are often complex but not necessarily conflictual.

This volume seeks to engage with meta-discourses of alterity and diversity and the complexity of everyday encounter and relation to add comparative perspective for the better understanding of historical and contemporary European discourses towards and the experiences of Jews and Muslims in Europe. To explore these questions we invite authors to contribute theoretical and historical perspectives and/or empirical analyses.

Listed below are a few additional areas authors might like to address:

  • Attempts to retrieve earlier (real or imagined) periods of conviviality
  • State and local state discourse and policy
  • Day to day commercial exchange and banal street contact
  • Cultural traffic within the music, museum, and arts scenes
  • Media and community media

Please send proposals (400 words) and a brief bio to Dr Sami Everett (

Deadline Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2020

Deadline completed manuscripts (7,000 words): April 30, 2021

Call for Papers: Special Issue ‘Historizing Islamophobia’, Journal of the Contemporary Study of Islam

Guest Editor: Randa Abdel-Fattah, Macquarie University

The Journal of the Contemporary Study of Islam invites articles for a special issue related to the theme of Historizing Islamophobia. Islamophobia is often explained as a problem of behaviour and attitudes, effacing the world-historical thick contexts in which Islamophobia emerged as a form of racism constitutive in the making of the modern world. As we approach the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, this special issue is interested in papers that take a critical stance towards the dominant framing of 11 September 2001 as the ‘starting point’ of Islamophobia. The global war on terror may have begun on 9/11, ushering in a new ‘crisis’ to justify the criminalization, persecution, incarceration and systematic demonization of Muslims, but Islamophobia’s racial genealogies and modalities, and race, class and sex/gender hierarchical logics, borrow from, and interact with, a world-historical repertoire of key events, practices and racial thinking.

We seek articles that present counter-hegemonic analyses, approaches and concepts, examining Islamophobia as a longer and more complex phenomenon. We are especially interested in papers which examine how settler-colonial projects against Indigenous communities and colonized communities have informed Islamophobia formations across varying national, social and political contexts.