Appel à comm. : “Quantitative Islam: Exploring the Impact of Religion in and on Individuals’ Lives and Societies” (limite : 31 mars 2023)

Appel à contribution : “Quantitative Islam: Exploring the Impact of Religion in and on Individuals’ Lives and Societies’”, en collaboration avec Social Sciences & Humanities Open (revue Open Access publié par Elsevier).

This special issue seeks to publish papers on the quantitative study of Islam and Muslims, under the label of quantitative Islam (or quantitative Islamic studies), through a curated collection of research papers demonstrating disciplinary and cross-disciplinary work.

Social Sciences & Humanities Open is currently waiving the article publishing charge (APC) for all papers published in this special issue.

The editorial team is planning a fast publication process for this special issue, and aims to provide a first decision on articles within 21 days following submission. The special issue will be published open access on ScienceDirect.

Date limite :

Submission towards the Special Issue starts from: 1st June 2022

Submission towards the Special Issue ends on: 31st March 2023

Modalité :  please click here.
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Special issue information:

This call for papers aims to create a space dedicated to the quantitative study of Islam and Muslims, under the label of quantitative Islam (or quantitative Islamic studies), through a curated collection of research papers demonstrating disciplinary and cross-disciplinary work.

It is aptly titled as “Quantitative Islam: Exploring the Impact of Religion in and on Individuals’ Lives and Societies.” In bringing up the term quantitative Islam as part of the theme, it conjures up the image of numbers, rather than words or texts, which may cause confusion. Islamic studies as a discipline tends to be qualitative-centric, being the dominant method/methodology paradigm, which possibly is due to its historical and cultural associations with philosophy and theology. However, Islamic studies in the broadest sense can be defined as the study of Islam and Muslims, with the addition of the term empirical in the beginning connotating a scientific approach. With this definition, the nature of the discipline itself is highly cross-disciplinary, whereby studies in sociology, anthropology, political science, management, and many others can also be said to have overlaps or be part of Islamic studies, arguably without much major contention. But as mentioned earlier, with the discipline being more relatable within and with philosophy and theology, it tends to be associated with qualitative research design, albeit not exclusively.
The key element in the theme—that is quantitative Islam—is neither to dismiss the validity of qualitative approaches in empirical Islamic studies, nor to be ostentatious in wanting to transform the discipline to be quantitative in nature. Rather than doing those, the Managing Guest Editor is advocating for a divergence from the qualitative-centric paradigm in Islamic studies to a more balanced qualitative–quantitative paradigm. To affirm this advocacy, this virtual special issue aims to demonstrate the potentiality of employing quantitative methods in the study of Islam and Muslims (or Islamic studies as the discipline of interest) through a selectively curated collection of research papers on a diverse range of topics. This is done in the hope future researchers can envision and will actualize the numerous possibilities of Islamic studies—empirically within social sciences and humanities with disciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspectives—not just of qualitative nature but also of quantitative research design.

Manuscript submission information:

Types of Papers

This call for papers only accepts the following types of submission: original research articles and review papers. Other types of papers, including perspectives, commentaries, and book reviews, will not be considered.

Topics Within the Theme
Keeping in mind of the theme being quantitative Islam, this call for papers is interested in research that explores the religion and its impact in and on individuals’ lives and societies. Contributions within and via quantitative Islam are welcomed on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Measurement of religiosity/religiousness, including its manifestations and derivatives;
  • Instrument development and validation;
  • Correlates and predictors of beliefs, attitudes, practices, and behaviors;
  • Personality traits, happiness, gratitude, mental health, well-being, and other psychological and health constructs;
  • Religious experiences, including struggle, connection, belonging, and transformation;
  • Deviant behaviors, including discrimination, violence, unethical actions, radicalism, and terrorism;
  • Consumer behaviors, including purchasing behavior, branding, marketing, preference, emotion, and perception;
  • Ethics, decision-making, moral, and judgement;
  • Death studies, including existentialism, death anxiety, and worldview;
  • Muslim minorities and non-Muslim minorities;
  • Youth studies;

Any topic within social sciences and humanities that has relevance to Islamic studies.

Although contributions are not restricted to the stated topics, the primary methods employed in the submitted papers must be of quantitative nature. Submissions with qualitative methods may be considered if used together with quantitative methods, such as research with a multi-study design. Similarly, review papers must focus primarily on research employing quantitative methods.

Instruction Before Submission:
For interested contributors, especially those who have yet to conduct data collection, it is highly advised to contact the Managing Guest Editor with a short proposal or abstract (not more than 500 words), focusing on background of study and research design. This helps to ensure submissions are aligned with the envisioned theme.

Manuscript Submission Information
The journal’s submission platform (Editorial Manager®) shall be available for receiving submissions to this Virtual Special Issue starting 1st June 2022 onward. Please refer to the Guide for Authors to prepare your manuscript. In Editorial Manager, please specify the Article Type is for this virtual special issue—that is “Quantitative Islam”—when submitting your manuscript online.


Agrégée d'Histoire, docteure en Histoire à l'Université Lyon 2 et membre associée du CIHAM, elle travaille sur les pratiques et les discours ayant trait à l'alimentation dans l'Occident islamique (al-Andalus et Maghreb)

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