About Islamic Societies Review

Dignity is what is left with a human-being when all that can be possessed is no more.  To stand for dignity is to take the side of the vulnerable and exploited, not as a mere act of charity, but as a philosophy, an ideology, a policy, a platform, and a worldview. To stand for dignity is to always place the burden on the more powerful, influential, and privileged—and always give the benefit of the doubt to the vulnerable and exploited.

Since this publication focuses on Islamic societies from within and from without, reforming religious and political institutions in Muslim- majority countries should be a priority and the burden falls on the powerful. For much of its history, the Muslim community has been ruled by the self-declared Sunni leaders. Even after the emergence of the nation-states, Sunni countries have set the agenda and defined “orthodox” Islam. Therefore, crises within Islamic societies resulted from their actions, policies, and systems.

Much of the problems in modern Islamic societies is attributable to the legacy of colonialism and the continued interference in the affairs of Muslim countries. However, many of the problems are also created from within: religious scholars and political regimes have corrupted Islamic thought and institutions. The need for clear-eyed understanding of historical and current events and ideas is compelling.

The editorial bias of this publication reflects these assumptions, principles, and goals.


Islamic Societies Review (ISR) is a source of well-reasoned commentaries, readers' referred news and Op-Eds, book reviews and publishing, and illustrative multimedia content. 


A realistic position on fairness in media and information-dissemination is to assume that absolute objectivity is unattainable and to recognize that bias is inevitable. Then, a declaration of Principle  serves to guide authors' works and a basis for judging them.The above Principle, is our bias, and serves as that guide and basis for original work published on ISR.

Leadership in reporting is not about what is written, but when it was written. Facts are independent of hindsight and popular opinion. It matters that comments about current events withstand the test of time. Because of these guiding principles, most of the comments and statements published on
Islamic Societies Review were three to four years ahead of agenda-driven reporting. ISR's content is decidedly influenced by the inertia of truth. Exclusive and referred articles reflect a clear commitment to truth in reporting, reasoned analysis, and a sense of advocacy for the vulnerable. We welcome comments from authors who share these principles.

Submissions: Authors who agree with the above guidelines and the privacy policy below may submit proposals or manuscripts via this Form (for information below). Original and referred contents are about stories that matter. Consequently, editors are highly selective of the content published here--generally less than five high quality articles per month.

Volunteer: You  can help ISR retain its editorial standard and remain independent by volunteering. ISR seeks motivated editors, moderators, and IT professionals; if interested in helping, please contact us.
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Access: The content of ISR is disseminated freely online and at cost in print. You can find ISR updates on  Web Site, on Twitter @ISRLive , G-Listserv, Feed,  and on YouTube. Selected articles are available in print through ISR Books. You may subscribe to ISR using your preferred delivery tools to get our content when and how you want it. PDF files and documents are archived  on Files Drive.


Prof. Ahmed E. Souaiaia
University of Iowa

Henelito A. Sevilla, Jr
Heiko Wimmen
John Quigley
Jacob Havel
Genevieve Theodorakis
Bawono Kumoro
Salma Yusuf
Zaid al-Ali

Full list of authors and contributors is available via the "tag" feature. Authors' names are tagged to the articles they submit. You may access the articles of any given author by searching/selecting their names from the labels menu.

Editors and Moderators

Mukhtar Aliyev
Jessica Nelson
Nabil Ouedi
Jenna Miller


Volunteers primarily run Islamic Societies Review on day-to-day basis as editors, student writers and moderators. Students with academic interest in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies are encouraged to apply. A limited number of fellowships are made available to qualified applicants through a number of universities. Students seeking academic credit are welcomed to apply for ISR's student-writers program. Submit inquiries through this Form

Selected student writers, editors, and moderators must be prepared to serve for a minimum of one academic year.

This site and affiliate publications are run by volunteers and some paid interns funded by our generous readers and like-minded supporters. 100% of the proceeds are recycled to support students and volunteers through work study opportunities, scholarships, awards, and to cover the cost of publishing operations. Unless anonymity is requested in advance, persons making donations exceeding $1000 will be published for transparency purposes. For more ways to support this resource, please reach out to us via the Contact Us form.

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The ISR commentaries should aim to spark reasoned and respectful discussions on our site, as well as dialogue with other conversations taking place on the Web through embedded links to videos and other news and commentaries on newspapers, blogs, and university publications. We prefer that essays are 400-1000 words in length. But if the topic warrants it, we will consider longer or even shorter articles.

* We welcome original (not previously published) submissions as well as links to previously published essays and articles provided that they meet the stated standard and do not violate copyright laws. 
* Articles we directly solicit from experts (paid submissions) and Study Reports are under the exclusive right of ISR; this content cannot be republished without express written consent.
* Authors of non-solicited content retain copyright to their own work, but must recognize that once they submit their work to ISR, and once editors approve publication, content will not be removed or modified. Volunteers and editors spend significant amount of time reviewing and editing submissions and while we recognize and respect authors' right to republish their work elsewhere, authors must appreciate the time and work editors spent on preparing it for publishing on our sites.

Use this Form to submit content; if not a link, submit only an abstract and an editor will contact you with further instructions.

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Privacy Policy

Updated: May 1, 2017

ISR on (IslamicSocietiesReview.org and ReasonedComments.org) is committed to the protection of personal information of the users of its websites. ISR Staff and external processors who have access to personal information and are associated with the processing of that information are obligated to respect the privacy and confidentiality of information.

Our use of cookies:

First what are cookies?

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In sum, we use cookies to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners.

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Anonymous information is collected from visits to  ISR  websites to measure user activity on these websites. This includes analyzing these logs periodically to measure the traffic through the servers, the number of pages visited and the level of demand for pages and topics of interest, and to help ISR  provide better customer service. The logs may be preserved indefinitely and used at any time and in any way to prevent security breaches and to ensure the integrity of the data on the servers. This information is collected through the use of various technologies, including "cookies".

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