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Muslim World Journal of Human Rights

Editor-in-Chief: Kayaoglu, Turan

Ed. by Baderin, Mashood A. / Monshipouri, Mahmood / Welchman, Lynn

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 0.105
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2015: 0.630
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2015: 0.250

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    Aims and Scope

    Muslim World Journal of Human Rights offers a medium for scholarly debate on various aspects of the question of human rights as it relates to the Muslim World. Edited by an international board of leading Islamic studies, Middle Eastern studies and human right scholars from around the world, MWJHR promises to serve as a forum in which barriers are bridged (or at least, addressed), and human rights are finally discussed with an eye on the Muslim world, in an open and creative manner.

    The choice to name the journal, "Muslim World Journal of Human Rights" reflects a desire to examine human rights issues related not only to Islam and Islamic law, but equally those human rights issues found in Muslim societies that stem from various other sources such as socio-economic and political factors, as well the interaction and intersections of the two areas.

    MWJHR welcomes submissions that apply the traditional human right framework in their analysis as well as those that transcend the boundaries of contemporary scholarship in this regard. Further, the journal also welcomes inter-disciplinary and/or comparative approaches to the study of Human Rights in the Muslim World in an effort to encourage the emergence of new methodologies in the field.

    Muslim World Journal of Human Rights recognizes that several highly contested debates in the field of Human rights have been reflected in the Muslim World but have frequently taken on their own particular manifestation in accordance with the varying contexts of contemporary Muslim societies. Among these debates are:

    • universalism/ relativism
    • individualism/ collectivism
    • positivism/pluralism
    • deontology/instrumentalism
    • internationalism/sovereignty

    In addition to the theoretical debates noted above, a sampling of the substantive areas to be addressed by the journal’s articles can be seen in the following:

    • Civil and political rights (e.g., capital punishment, freedom of expression, unlawful detentions, etc.)
    • Social, economic and cultural rights (e.g., the right to education, health care, labor rights, etc).
    • Women’s rights and their sociological, political and cultural contexts (e.g., discrimination in family and criminal law, political participation, domestic violence, etc.)
    • Religious freedom and the rights of religious minorities living in Muslim States (e.g., dhimmah system, apostasy etc.)
    • The rule of law, constitutionalism and notions of Islamic constitutionalism
    • The influence of both political Islam and reformist theological and jurisprudential thought on ''Islam and human rights'' debates
    • Refugee rights


    Type of Publication:

    Muslim World Journal of Human Rights is the only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the pressing question of human rights in the Muslim world. The journal approaches this complex issue through multiple interdisciplinary lenses: Islam and Islamic law, socio-economic and political factors, institutions, and gender and minority rights. The editors, Mashood Baderin (School of Oriental and African Studies), Mahmood Monshipouri (San Francisco State University), Shadi Mokhtari (American University), and Lynn Welchman (School of Oriental and African Studies) have created a unique academic forum to address real-world political issues and to encourage new methods in the field. Recent articles concern such topics as Women's Sexual Health and Rights in Senegal, Islam and Gender Justice, Human Rights Post-9/11, the Extension of Shari'ah in Northern Nigeria, and Human Rights in Islamic Malaysia.

    Publication History

    One issue/year, updated continuously
    Content available since 2004 (Volume 1, Issue 1)
    ISSN: 1554-4419

    Muslim World Journal of Human Rights is ranked #4 among all peer-reviewed journals in human rights law (according to the rankings at Washington & Lee).

    What scholars are saying about Muslim World Journal of Human Rights

    This inter-disciplinary journal in an emerging field would be very valuable for research. It meets our university's emerging agenda in global studies and human rights.

    Danielle Celermajer, Professor of Sociology and Director of Global Studies, University of Sydney

    I am currently carrying out research on the Muslim critique of the secular state and Shari'a debates in different (African) countries, and I appreciate the measured way in which relevant debates have been presented in Muslim World Journal of Human Rights.

    Insa Nolte, Senior Lecturer at the Centre of West African Studies, School of History and Cultures, University of Birmingham

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    Editorial Information

    Editor in Chief

    Turan Kayaoglu, University of Washington Tacoma


    Mashood Baderin, School of Oriental and African Studies
    Mahmood Monshipouri, San Francisco State University
    Lynn Welchman, School of Oriental and African Studies

    Book Review Editor

    Chrystie Flournoy Swiney, Georgetown University

    Development Editor

    Elizabeth Marsch, American University

    Advisory Board

    Abdullahi An-Na'Im, Emory Law School
    Cherif Bassiouni, DePaul Law School
    John L. Esposito, Georgetown University
    Abdulaziz A. Sachedina, University of Virginia

    Associate Editors

    Anthony Chase, Occidental College
    Jack Donnelly, University of Denver
    Nader Hashemi, University of Denver
    Ziba Mir-Hosseini, University of London
    Tamara Sonn, The College of William and Mary
    Anicée Van Engeland-Nourai, University of Exeter

    Former Associate Editors

    Tony Anghie, University of Utah Law School
    Patrice Brodeur, University of Montreal
    Annie Bunting, York University
    Peter Danchin, University of Maryland Law School
    Fawaz Gerges, Sarah Lawrence College
    Marc Gopin, Tufts University
    Wael Hallaq, McGill University
    Maimul Khan, UC Davis Law School
    Charles Kurzman, University of North Carolina
    Bruce Lawrence, Duke University
    Qudsia Mirza, University of East London
    Naz Modirzadeh, Harvard University
    Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, Emory University
    Diane Singerman, American University
    Madhavi Sunder, UC Davis Law School

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