07 September 2012

NOTICE AND CALL FOR PAPERS: Electronic Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (EJIMEL)


The Electronic Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (EJIMEL) is a new open access, peer-reviewed international journal published by the Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Legal Studies (CIMELS), University of Zurich, Switzerland.

TitleEJIMEL has been founded guided by the awareness that the Arab World is going through a momentous phase of change and transition, a shift which is characterized by fallen regimes and political systems, and general policies being rethought or reshaped. However, the relationships and interdependencies between the Orient and the Occident have been growing considerably even before the so-called “Arab Spring”. In fact, Middle Eastern countries have obtained a key position on the world stage decades ago due to their significant geopolitical position, their economic resources and perspectives. Rich in diversity and heritage, the Middle East today keeps evolving faster than any other part of the world.

The journal individuates itself by laying a special focus on the multifaceted relations between Islam and national and international law orders over the course of time and from different points of view. Furthermore, EJIMEL aims to contribute to the on-going highly topical debates of regional and global interest in the field of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, such as, e.g., Process of Democratization, Gender and Human Rights. The editors’ aim is to foster a vivid debate focusing on the correlation between Islam as a religion with a distinct body of legal norms and the paramount principles and guarantees of current international law under the aspects of conflict, competition and complement. Also, we welcome contributions which inquire into key phenomena in Middle Eastern law orders such as, e.g., «Re-Islamisation», which have influenced both codifications and scholarly discourse in a significant way.


The Editors cordially invite both recognized authorities and younger experts in law, as well as related disciplines, and legal practitioners to take part in this discourse by submitting papers dealing with Middle Eastern and Islamic law from a variety of perspectives, and hence reflect Islam’s variety itself. We further encourage scholars to present interdisciplinary research in which law, both Shari’a and secular, is brought face to face with not strictly legal disciplines such as social and political sciences, religion and economics, in order to further a comprehensive understanding of the simultaneity of persistence and change in the area of Islamic and Middle Eastern law in a wider context.

We welcome a wide range of unpublished scholarly submissions such as articles, commentaries, reports on contemporary developments, book reviews, judgments, as well as notes on recent legislation, case law, and guidelines on future changes from the targeted law orders in four languages (English, German, French and Italian).

In order to be able to keep pace with the developments in the Arab World, we welcome contributions continually and have a policy to post accepted articles on our website as soon as they are accepted and cleared for publication. Hence the length of time from submission through publication can be reduced considerably. Furthermore, contributions may also be solicited by the editors.

A comprehensive volume drawing from the published contributions will be posted online annually and may also be published in print.

If you would like to make accessible the results of your research, critical academic thought or practical experience in the field of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law to a wider audience we ask you to submit your manuscript by email to:


Please make sure the submission is not before another journal for consideration.


To access EJIMEL and for author guidelines please visit: www.ejimel.uzh.ch

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