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The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies

Book Review Guide:

ReOrient is dedicated to rethinking those entities and events considered to lie outside the conceptuality of Western hegemony, culturally, geopolitical and philosophically. Book reviews are part of the journal’s mandate, as a sustained collective thought experiment that explores the consequences of producing knowledge that is no longer organized around the axis of West and non-West.

In line with this decolonial approach to the construction of knowledge, the journal seeks book reviews that contribute actively to the debates and discussions in the field of critical Muslim studies. We are looking for book reviews that do not simply summarize the main points of the book or the reviewer’s feelings about it, but constructively critique the strength, the relevance and the implications of its argument for critical Muslim studies.

We welcome reviews of books that take a non-Orientalist approach to issues relating to Islam, Muslims and the Islamicate. These may be from the fields of political science, cultural studies, history, philosophy, critical theory, international relations, sociology, anthropology, art and literature, and Islamic studies.

Book reviews should be between 1000 and 2000 words, while review articles may be longer (4000-6000 words).

Formatting should include the standard bibliographic guidelines, noting the author (s) or editor (s), title, publisher, year of publication, paperback/hard cover version, price (for both versions if available), ISBN and number of pages and illustrations (if any). References to other works should be noted in a bibliography at the end, although these should be kept to a minimum in the book review and are more suitable for a review article.


Proposals of new books for review should be sent to: uzma.jamil@mail.mcgill.ca.

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