Call for Papers: Islam and Applied Ethics

Call for Papers: Islam and Applied Ethics

7 November 2016

Papers are invited for contribution towards an edited volume on Islam and Applied Ethics, to be published by Springer, with editors Rafik Beekun, Tariq Ramadan and Yasir Qadhi.

Deadline for submission 28 February 2017

Brief Description

Much has been published about Islam and ethics.  Often, however, such books or articles have focused on the abstract and philosophical rather than the applied. Concurrently, a deep divide has occurred between what Islam asks of its adherents and what many of them abide by and apply in terms of ethics.  For example, Muslims represents 23% of the world population (Pew Research Center, 2013), but only one Muslim-majority country ranks among the top 25 most ethical countries in the world, and 5 out of the ten most corrupt countries in the world are in fact Muslim-majority countries (Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index, 2015). As a result of the above gaps in the application of Islamic ethics, several prominent Muslim thinkers (e.g. Taha Jabir Al Alwani, Tariq Ramadan) have been advocating for a fresh reading of the earliest and most important Islamic sources including both the Qur’an and the Seerah of the Prophet (s). That re-reading should also contextualize some of the verses in the Qur’an itself as well as the teachings and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, and should occur in parallel with a “reading” of the world around us.

The aim of this book, then, is to synthesize and advance both theoretical and empirical research about applied Islamic ethics within various disciplines such as business (e.g. economics, finance, marketing, accounting, and human resource development), the sciences (physical, social, life, etc.), media, the law, politics, and environmental ecology. In their emphasis on “wasatiyya” or balance, the key primary sources of Islamic teachings, the Qur’an and the Sunnah weave core ethical principles such as ‘adl (balance), qist (justice), amana (trust) and ihsan (benevolence) within Islamic ethics. This book will therefore provide a broad base for theory development while emphasizing practical approaches towards key fields of knowledge within the context of Islamic ethics.

Possible Topics

Ideally, chapters should focus on how Islamic ethics relates to key contemporary issues facing Muslims in areas listed below. The following list provides possible areas to be covered from an applied perspective. This is a suggestive, not a final list. We welcome alternate suggestions and chapter topics that fit within the primary theme of this book.

  • Islamic Ethics in the Workplace
  • Islamic Ethics and Total Quality Management
  • Islamic Identity and Ethical Subjectivity in the Workplace
  • Impact of Islamic Ethics on Business (e.g. management, finance, marketing, accounting, etc.)
  • Islamic Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Islamic Ethics and Globalization
  • Relationship between Islamic Ethics and Environmental Ecology
  • Medical Ethics from an Islamic Perspective
  • The Law and Islamic Ethics
  • Governance and Islamic Ethics
  • Islamic Ethics and Economics
  • Islamic Ethics  and Risk Taking, Financial Investment or Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Islamic Ethics and Entrepreneurship or Innovation
  • Islamic Ethics and Human Rights
  • Islamic Ethics and Politics

Timeline / Deadline

  • Submit book chapter: 28 February 2017
  • Notification of preliminary acceptance of chapter: 15 April 2017
  • Submission of revised chapter: 15 June 2017
  • Revision and resubmission(s): 15 August 2017
  • Final manuscript sent to Springer: 15 December 2017

Target Audience

The target audience is broad and interdisciplinary. Identified target audiences are:

  1. Academics and researchers in multiple research and applied fields such as all areas of business, psychology, medicine,  law, sociology, media, etc  where this book contributes significantly to research and practice with respect how Islamic ethics applies to their field.

  2. Universities where this book provides a core or supplementary reading for courses related to ethics, religion or Islam.

  3. Professionals <!-- -->where this book provides new insights and practical tools how to apply Islamic ethics within their profession.

  4. Global companies/multinationals where this book provides a new understanding and practical frameworks connecting Islamic ethics to their areas of work or interest.

Submission Process

Manuscripts must be submitted by 28 February 2017 at the latest to be considered. All submissions will go through a double blind review process. Depending on their specialty, authors will be asked to participate in the review process.  All submissions will be reviewed also as a cohort for this edited book.

  • Preference will be given to submissions that are original, have not been published and are not being considered for publication elsewhere.

  • A submission should be original and neither have been published nor under publication consideration elsewhere.

  • Submit your work in word format (not PDF or any other format)

  • Please follow the format and referencing style provided by the publisher. Click on the link below to download Springer’s manuscript preparation instructions in pdf format. Please pay special attention to sections 4.2, 4.3.4.4 and 4.7 in the instructions booklet: http://tinyurl.com/ndzbz6p

  • Each chapter should be between  5,000 to  8,000 words including figures, tables, references

  • Please submit your manuscript by using the online submission system for this book. Please use the following link to create an account and submit your book: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=islamethics17

If you don’t get a confirmation e-mail within 48 hours after submitting your chapter, please contact the book editor. For further information please contact the book editors at the email addresses listed below, and make sure to state “Islam and Applied Ethics” in your email header.

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Editors:

Rafik Beekun, Ph.D. Professor of Management, Ethics and Strategy, Co-Director, Center for Corporate Governance & Business Ethics, Managerial Sciences Department, Mail stop 28, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557. Office: +01 (775) 682-9161 / Email: rafikb@unr.ed

Tariq Ramadan, Ph.D, HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies, St. Anthony’s College, University of Oxford. Email: tariq.ramadan@sant.ox.ac.uk

Yasir Qadhi, Ph.D, Adj. Assistant Professor, Dept. of Religious Studies, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN. Email: yqadhi@gmail.com