GENERAL CALL FOR SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM ISSUES
The Journal of Muslim Philanthropy & Civil Society
The Journal of Muslim Philanthropy & Civil Society (JMPCS), is a bi-annual, peer reviewed,
open access journal published by the Center on Muslim Philanthropy and Indiana University
Press in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Catholic
Theological Union, International Institute of Islamic Thought, and the World Congress of
JMPCS seeks original academic research examining the broad scope of Muslim philanthropy and
civil society. By “Muslim” philanthropy, we mean philanthropic activity of any kind which
involves self-identifying Muslim individuals, institutions, communities, and societies as key
agents in shaping the context and content of this activity. Given the extent to which any
construction of Muslim identity necessarily entails the influence of other faiths as well as various
expressions of secular culture, the Journal’s scope is intentionally broad. Our definition of
“philanthropy” is similarly broad and encompasses any intentional act of generosity. As such,
“philanthropy” includes practices of generosity ranging from the activity of discrete individuals
of all socio-economic backgrounds to that of not-for-profit organizations, social movements, and
a variety of other forms of civic engagement. We seek to draw articles by researchers from
across disciplines (Anthropology, Art, History, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology,
Public Affairs, Nonprofit Management, Business, Philanthropy, etc.) in this emerging field.
The special issues can build upon academic conference panels to continue important
Along with standard Research Papers (8,000 words) and Book Reviews (1,500 words), JMPCS
also welcomes Commentaries (short articles commenting in a significant way on, or
supplementing arguments and evidence in, a Research Article or a Review Article) of up to
2,500 words. Authors are welcome to submit original Research Papers, Book Reviews, and
Commentaries dealing with themes relating to the mission of the journal.
JMPCS is seeking proposals for three separate special issues. Each special issue will consist of:
– 3-4 peer reviewed articles that have undergone double-blind peer review1
– Editorial commentary
– 2-3 book reviews
To further this research, JMPCS will provide up to $5,000 in matching funds for each special
issue’s guest editor to host a research convening at their academic institution. The papers
presented at this symposium are to be submitted for review for publication in the respective
special issue. Funds can be used for travel, honoraria, and/or meals provided at the research
symposium. Travel is not required, as the symposium may be held virtually. A small portion of
the funds can be used for copy-editing for the symposium issue. The hosting academic institution
must demonstrate financial commitment to be eligible to receive the matching funds. Research
1 Should guest editors also seek to submit an article that article would undergo double blind peer review under the
supervision of the Editors-in-Chief
symposiums are required to take place any time between Award notification and August 1,
2021.2 Up to three grants will be awarded.
Deadline for proposals: August 1, 2020
Award notification deadline: September 1, 2020
Research Symposium: January 1 – May 1, 2021
A symposium may include 6-8 research scholars of which up to 2-3 may be graduate students3
on a particular topic, including a review article on that topic4.
Please address the following questions in your proposal for a symposium:
1. What is the topic of the symposium?
2. Why does this topic occasion/warrant a symposium in JMPCS? How will it advance the
3. Who is the sponsor of the symposium? Please provide a CV of the convenor as well as
information about the hosting institution.
4. How will the symposium be funded (including a proposed budget)?
5. Who is the guest editor(s) of the symposium?
6. What audiences will be specifically interested in the symposium?
7. What is the time line for the call for papers, preparation, production, and publication of
8. What paper topics and/or scholars may be included in the symposium?
9. What actions can/will the guest editors take to raise the distribution and impact of the
Guidelines for the symposium:
1. The guest editor(s) of the symposium is responsible for the editorial process, including
issuing and publicizing a call for papers, selecting the 4-6 papers to be considered for
publication in the symposium, and organizing the peer-review process.
2. The guest editor(s) will use the JMPCS Open Journal Systems portal
s) for the peer-review process. All manuscripts submitted for the symposium must adhere
to the JMPCS submission guidelines and must be double blind peer-reviewed.
3. The final decision on acceptance of manuscripts for publication will be made by the
JMPCS Editors-in-Chief in consultation with the guest editor(s).
2 Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the proposal can suggest a virtual or online symposium.
3 Undergraduate students may also be included in the symposium but should be in addition to the 6-8 research
4 All articles that successfully go through blind review will be published.
4. The guest editor(s) must make certain that the symposium has (at least) one major
literature review article that is likely to be cited in the coming years when people write
about this topic.
Please submit your proposals via email to the Managing Editor Rafia Khader at email@example.com.
Dr. Scott Alexander
Catholic Theological Union
Dr. Shariq Siddiqui
Dr. Basem Almadani
King Fahd University
of Petroleum and Minerals
Dr. Jonathan Benthall
University College London
Dr. Ihsan Bagby
University of Kentucky
Dr. David Campbell
Dr. Tariq Cheema
World Congress of
Dr. Alnoor Ebrahim
Dr. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri
Dr. Samiul Hasan
United Arab Emirates University
Dr. Barbara Ibrahim
American University at Cairo
Dr. David King
Dr. Amir Pasic
Dr. Amy Singer
Dr. David Horton Smith