Call for Publications
Theme: Islamic Ethics and the Trusteeship Paradigm
Subtitle: Interdisciplinary Explorations
Publication: Journal of Islamic Ethics (JIE)
Date: Special Issue
The Journal of Islamic Ethics (JIE) – sponsored by the Research Center
of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) in Doha (Qatar), which is
affiliated to the Faculty of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa
University, and published by Brill – launches a Call for Papers that
takes the under-researched Trusteeship Paradigm as a background to
revisit the question of ethics in Islamic thought. Three major lines
of work will be addressed:
1) the link Trusteeship Paradigm builds with classical Islamic
2) the engagement of Trusteeship Paradigm with contemporary Islamic
3) Trusteeship Paradigm’s engagement with and critique of
Euro-American modernity, its ethical theories, and Trusteeship
permeation and application to various sciences.
This comprehensive approach aims at understanding as well as
contextualizing the propositions of this modern Islamic ethical
theory, and how it tackles various sub-topics and converses with
other disciplines inside and outside Islamic scholarship.
This Call for Paper-Seminar invites scholars and academics expert in
or familiar with the arguments of Trusteeship Paradim of ethics to
submit a paper in which they critically deal with how one of the
below outlined topics is examined by this paradigm, and how it
differs, or not, from the way it has been studied by other Islamic
and non-Islamic theories of ethics. The questions corresponding to
each topic are not exclusive:
1) Ethics and/in the Quran and Sunna: how different is ethics in TP
from classical exegeses and hadith scholarship? Were classical
interpretations of the Quran and Sunna not ethical enough? Or, ethics
are contextual and have to adapt to the modern context?
2) Classical Sharia Rights Preservation and the Place of Ethics: how
does TP re-interpret and re-arrange the order of sharia classical
five/six rights (al-kulliyat al-khams)? How does TP critique of
modern interpretations of sharia differ from other Islamic modern
3) Kalam theology and philosophical ethics: how is TP different from
classical kalam theology and classical philosophical theories of
ethics? How is reason in TP different from its counterpart in
classical kalam theology?
4) Islamic legal theories and the non-/centrality of ethics: how
tenable and factual is the claim of TP that Islamic legal theories
centralized law (“fiqh”) instead of ethics?
5) Religion, ethics and politics: how does TP propose to contribute
to politics in Muslim majority societies while centralizing ethics?
Are these ethics public or private, or both? What is the dividing
line between the two spheres (private and public) in politics? How
does TP critiques secular and religious extremisms?
6) The question of science and practice (Praxis): what examples does
TP take to exemplify for the unethical tendencies in modern science?
What ethics does TP centralize in such an argument? Can ethics be
7) Bioethics and environment: how far can TP provide ethical input to
debates in the exact sciences? How different are “practical ethics”
of TP different from the “universal ethics” that have guided the
sciences so far?
8) Psychoanalysis and the secularization of ethics: How does TP
approach “Western psychoanalysis”? How is psychoanalysis seen as the
highest stage of atheist secularization and overcoming of ethics in
9) The media and the question of ethics: what might be the limits of
ethics in public transmission of knowledge through the means of
media? Where does the private and public lie
10) Violence, ethics, and metaphysics: How does TP interpret the
ontological moment of ethical creation from the birth of violence?
How does IP interpret
11) Entangled dialogue, pluralism and moral relativism: how can TP as
an ethical theory based on a particular religious worldview develop a
universal view of dialogue that overcomes particularism without
falling in relativism? How does TP approach plural thinking in a
cosmopolitan context? How is TP similar to/different from plural
epistemologies developing in modern multicultural societies?
Selection of Papers
Interested scholars and academics are invited to send:
- An abstract (300-500 words) outlining the major ideas and
methodology of the paper;
- A short biography (500 words) outlining the academic background,
main research interests, and major publications.
- Authors of accepted abstracts will be afterwards invited to submit
their full papers (between 7 000 and 10 000 words).
Please note the following:
- Abstracts-papers are expected to analytically and comparatively
engage with Trusteeship Paradigm as an Islamic theory of ethics by
linking it with other theories of ethics inside the domain of
Islamic scholarship, and also with scholarship outside this domain
- Abstracts-papers that do study either Islamic ethics or Trusteeship
Paradigm independently, without examining their points of
convergence/divergence will not be considered;
- General papers that uncritically introduce Trusteeship Paradigm
will not be considered.
Authors of a limited number of accepted leading papers will be
invited to participate in a seminar on the topic under study. Their
accommodation and travel expenses will be covered by CILE.
The seminar papers as well as the rest of accepted papers will be
published as a thematic in the peer-reviewed Journal of Islamic
Ethics or as an edited volume in the book-series Studies in Islamic
The published proceedings will be available via Open Access for wider
Submissions of abstracts and papers can be in English or/and Arabic.
The seminar will be conducted in these two languages as well.
Accepted papers will be translated by the publishers into
- February 5, 2018: Deadline for receiving abstracts and bios.
- February 20, 2018: Notifying authors of accepted abstracts to
submit their full papers.
- July 15, 2018: Deadline for submitting full papers.
- August 15, 2018: Notifying authors of accepted papers; accepted
papers will be sent for translation into Arabic/English.
- October 14-16, 2018: Organizing the seminar in CILE, Doha, Qatar.
- November 15, 2018: Submitting the revised papers for peer-reviewing
and editing to the Journal of Islamic Ethics or the book series of
Islamic Ethics, Brill.
Submissions should be sent to:
For any inquiries regarding this Call for Papers, please contact Dr
Mohammed Hashas, LUISS University of Rome, at: firstname.lastname@example.org , and
Dr Mutaz al-Khatib, CILE-Hamad Bin Khalifa University, at:
For inquiries about the Journal of Islamic Ethics, please contact:
About the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE):
CILE aims to contribute to the reform and renew the Islamic thought
by developing a contemporary vision guided by the fundamental
principles of the Holy Qur’an, Sunnah and the higher objectives of
Islamic Shariah. For more information, please contact:
Dr Mohammed Hashas, Research Fellow
LUISS Guido Carli University