Aims and scope

Performing Islam is the first peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal about Islam and performance and their related aesthetics. It focuses on socio-cultural as well as historical and political contexts of artistic practices in the Muslim world. The journal covers dance, ritual, theatre, performing arts, visual arts and cultures, and popular entertainment in Islam influenced societies and their diasporas. It promotes insightful research of performative expressions of Islam by performers and publics, and encompasses theoretical debates, empirical studies, postgraduate research, interviews with performers, research notes and queries, and reviews of books, events and performances.

Call for contributions for the second issue:

The journal, which is rigorously peer-reviewed, invites submissions that pursue  original research in Islam in performance studies, and the study of the performativity inherent in the Islam related cultural production. Articles that encourage challenging debate on problem areas within this new field are also welcomed to the journal’s open forum, as are high quality articles usually published as peripheral items in journals from other disciplines. Proposals for special or themed issues will be considered. The sections of the journal, for the moment are as follows:

1. Fully-fledged articles (minimum length 8,000 words without any metadata, bibliographies or references)
2. Forum (any length from a minimum of 2,000 words, with no maximum)
3. Postgraduate research (must be of the near-quality as a fully-fledged article and a minimum of 6,000 words)
4. Interviews [minimum of 4,000 words] structured and elaborate preceded by an introduction of at least 2,000 words + biography and photo of the interviewee.
5. Festival/event reviews
6. Book/article reviews
7. Web and other resources reviews
8. Research reports / notes and queries
9. Project and conference reports (of any sort with relevance to the journal's scope)

We plan two issues a year.


Founding Editor: Kamal Salhi (University of Leeds, UK):
Editor: Karin van Nieuwkerk (Radboud University, The Netherlands):