The importance to study and understand Islam and contemporary Muslim life from a socio-scientific perspective seems more relevant than ever. Currently, there is no specific journal that offers a platform for discussion on contemporary aspects of Islam and Muslims. Indeed, the historical, political and comparative approach to Islam has been preferred over social scientific research and themes.
Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life aims to fill this gap by providing an active forum for the discussion of new ideas, fieldwork experiences, challenging views, and methodological and theoretical approaches to Muslim life. The journal is not a forum for normative reflections in Islamic theology or jurisprudence but approaches Islam as a lived tradition in today’s global societies. 

Topical and interdisciplinary
Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life focuses on topical issues and takes an interdisciplinary approach that benefits from a cross-cultural perspective: articles will explore the relationship between Islam and its contemporary cultural, material, gender, economic, political, and religious expressions from different socio-scientific perspectives, such as anthropology, sociology, education, politics, international relations, ethnomusicology, arts, film studies, economics, human rights, international law, diaspora minority studies, demography, and ethics.

The journal provides insights into the contemporary dynamics of Muslim life by focusing on questions concerning ordinary aspects of everyday life of Muslims as well as more systemic concerns. The journal focuses on what Muslims actually do rather than what one reading or another of the texts suggest that they should do and therefore seeks papers on the lived experiences of Muslims in both Muslim minority and Muslim majority contexts.   Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life regards Islam as a modern religion in today’s global societies.   

The journal is committed to publishing scholarship grounded in empirical research and comparison of relevance to the understanding of broader intellectual, social, legal, and political developments in contemporary Muslim societies.Articles making more general theoretical or comparative contributions are preferred over those narrowly focused on a single society.  Papers based on single country or case must also speak to issues relevant to the study of Islam and Muslim culture/society beyond the country in question.  To this end, reviewers are selected in such a way to help authors address audiences outside their niche within Islamic studies.   

Readership and Editorial Board
As the first socio-scientific journal to focus on Muslim life, Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life will be of interest to scholars and students in various academic fields related to Islam and Muslim live across multiple cultures. 
The editorial board reflects the multidisciplinary and multi-national approach of the journal.

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    Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life
  • Is the first peer-reviewed socio-scientific journal focused on Muslim life
  • Closes the existing gap within the range of journals focusing on Islam
  • Focuses on contemporary issues of Islam, providing an international forum of discussion
  • Is multidisciplinary and multicultural

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  • Ronald Lukens-Bull
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  • Muhamad Ali,
  • Oliver Scharbrodt,
  • Erin Stiles
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