We request that reviewers submit their written review to the Editor within four months after receiving the review copy of the book.
Standard reviews should be between 1,000 and 3,000 words in length. We also accept review essays engaging multiple published works, which may be between 3,000 and 6,000 words in length.
Per the SCTIW Review Mission Statement, we seek reviews of works pertaining to the Islamicate world (whether in Islamic studies, Middle East studies, or other related fields and subfields) analyzed in light of contemporary philosophy, literary or artistic criticism, religion, political theory, cultural studies, and postcolonial studies. We also seek reviews of works in these various fields analyzed vis-à-vis the contemporary Islamicate world and Islamicate thought. Beyond merely informative descriptions of a book’s contents, we seek critical and creative engagements with the works under review. To this end, we encourage reviewers to reinvigorate the genre by conceiving of their essays as a cross between a standard book review and an academic journal article—i.e., a work of their own original thought in dialogue with the work in question, drawing upon all of the relevant resources at their disposal.
See also ‘Formatting Guidelines.’
Authors retain the rights to their review articles which are published by SCTIW Review with their permission. Any use of these materials other than educational must provide proper citation to the author and SCTIW Review.
Reviews should begin by providing the book’s full bibliographical details in the following sequence: Author(s) or Editor(s), Title, Publisher, Date, Number of pages, Price (both hardback and paperback editions, if available) and ISBN number. For example:
Asef Bayat, Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East, Stanford University Press, 2010, 320 pp., $22.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780199795680.
The reviewer’s name, position, and institutional affiliation should appear below the review.
The review should be written according to the style guidelines found in The Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition.
All references to the work under review should use in-text parenthetical citations; any references made to other works should be formatted as footnotes.
Transliteration: The journal's preference is to use a simplified transliteration system that does not use specialized characters with diacritical marks. If, however, authors have good reason to include specialized characters, they may do so.
The review should be submitted to the Editor by email as a .doc or .doc.x file.
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