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ReOrient Guidelines for Authors

Notes for Contributors

ReOrient will publish original articles in English of between 6000 and 8000 words (including bibliography). Submissions must not have been published or be under consideration elsewhere. All articles are submitted to blind peer reviewing by at least two referees. Final decisions on publication remain with the Editorial Board.

Instructions for Submission of Articles

Article should be submitted electronically as a Word file, and emailed to: reorient@leeds.ac.uk.

Page one of the submission should contain only the article Title (in full), the Author(s) name(s), and Institutional Affiliation, the author(s) email address(es), total word count of the article, and an abstract of 150-250 words, with five to ten key words.

Text should be double line spaced in 12 point font. Text should be formatted as simply as possible using a single font, reserving italics for titles and foreign words. Quotations should be indicated by double quotation marks; quotations within quotations by single quotation marks.

All references should be included in parenthesis in the text following the author and date (Harvard referencing) format. The bibliography of works cited is included at the end of the article. Footnotes and endnotes should be avoided or kept to a minimum. Appendices may be included exceptionally (e.g. of documentary material, unpublished or in new translations).

Tables, and diagrams may be included in the text as relevant, and formatted as required for clarity and legibility. Visual material, including maps, photographs, and art works integral to the argument of the article will be accepted for reproduction in the text. Colour images will be accepted only exceptionally and where justified by the visual focus of the article. At publication stage, images must be submitted in sufficiently high definition and quality for clear legibility. Responsibility for obtaining permission from the copyright holders for the reproduction of images lies with the author. All tables, diagrams and images should be labelled for identification and numbered for ease of reference.

Style Guide

Articles must be submitted in English and conform consistently throughout the text to either British or American spelling conventions. Spelling in quotations must follow the original of the editions cited. Dates and numbers should generally be written out (e.g. seventh century, not 7th century – but 11/632; 26 July 1956, not 26th July nor 26/7/1956), rather than numerically.

Quotations from other languages should be given in translation only. Original foreign language quotations, including in non-Latin scripts or in transliteration, may be included (with diacritics where required) where a linguistic dimension is critical to the argument.

Islamicate terms which have entered the English language should be cited and pluralised in the English form (e.g. Qur’an, hijra, madrassa/ madrassas, sura/ suras, hadith/ hadiths). Transliteration of established Islamicate terms in? names, titles of works, key words, terms of art and technical words should be used in the simplified form (e.g. al-nabi al-ummi; Uthman or Othman, rather than ‘Uthmān). Variations may be standardised in editing, though some allowance may be made where a strong preference is stated (e.g. Makkah rather than Mecca).

Quotations must be transcribed accurately. Abbreviations, omissions and interpolations should be indicated by the use of square brackets. Longer quotations, of 40 words or above, should be indented and set apart in paragraph and in smaller font size, without quotation marks.

Images for publication must be submitted in sufficiently high definition and quality for clear legibility.


In-text references must include author name, date of publication, and volume and page number as relevant. Where the date of composition, or of a first or specific variant edition different from the edition cited is pertinent to the argument, such dates may additionally be cited in square brackets beside that of the edition consulted.

Bibliographical references should be listed alphabetically by author and chronologically in ascending order for the same author, with each entry separated by a line for clarity. Bibliographical references, including surnames, initials, dates, titles and subtitles, place of publication, and publisher must be given in full and in keeping with the editions cited. Journal articles include the journal title, volume and issue number but not the place of publication or publisher. Book and journal titles are italicised, article and chapter titles are not. Journal article and chapter references must include the page range.

The general format is:

Last name, first name initials (date), Title: subtitle. Place of publication: Publisher.

This is adapted as required for edited volumes, multi-volume works, etc in keeping with the work cited (see examples below). Filmography, and web references follow conventional referencing requirements (film title, date, director, country and production company; author or website name, title, date, URL and date accessed).

Manuscripts, archival documents and older print publications with very long titles may be cited in simplified form.

Following the refereeing process, authors may be asked to undertake revisions as a condition of publication. All articles will normally be subject to editing. Authors will be asked to review proofs; correction of proofs, limited to factual and typographical errors, must be returned by the deadlines indicated.

Authors must complete a standard copyright declaration assigning copyright to the journal. Disclaimers may also be required for visual material.

Contributors to the Journal shall receive e-offprints of their paper and a complete copy of the relevant Journal issue free of charge. Contributors may also purchase further quantities from the Publisher.

In-text Referencing and Bibliography Examples

In-text references

Name and date in brackets or date only in brackets where the author is already cited by name in the text; page number(s) must be given where the point is specific and for all quotations; numerical page number(s) only, no ‘p.’; original date of publication in square brackets where relevant:

Example 1:

Because theories travel without with their contexts (Said 1981, Bourdieu 1999), their meaning, work and politics is open to resignification and rearticulation.

Example 2:

Thus the idea of Natural Religion, as Talal Asad argues (1993: 42), emerges as a specifically Christian theology within a specific historical debate and context.

Example 3:

This feature of the Muharram celebrations procession in Lucknow had been noted by Mrs Meer Hassan Ali in her celebrated Observations on the Mussalmauns of India (1978 [1832], p.32).

Bibliographical references:

List alphabetically by author, last name first, in descending order of dates, using hanging indents. List book journal titles in italics; article and chapter titles are not italicised. For journal articles and chapters in books include the page runs after a comma.

Single author book:

Blankinship, K. Y. (1994) The End of the Jihad State: The Reign of Hishām Ibn ‘Abd al-Malik and the Collapse of the Umayyads. Albany: State University of New York Press.


Edited book

Jayyusi, S. K. (1994) The Legacy of Muslim Spain, Volume 2. Leiden: E.J. Brill.


For multiple authored and edited books with up to three authors/editors, list all names; for books with more than three authors/editors, cite the first name only followed by et al, e.g:

Kennedy, C. H. et al (eds.) (2003) Pakistan at the Millennium. Karachi: Oxford University Press.

Translated Works:

Schwab, R. (1984) The Oriental Renaissance: Europe’s Rediscovery of India and the East 1680-1880. Translated from the French by Patterson-Black, G. and Reinking, V. New York: Columbia University Press.

Chapter in edited book:

Mahmood, S. Religion, Feminism and Empire: The new ambassadors of Islamophobia. In Alcoff, L. M. and Caputo, J. D. (eds.). Feminism, Sexuality and the Return of Religion. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 77-102.

Journal article

Goody, J. (1986) Writing, religion and revolt in Bahia. Visible Language. 20 (3), 318-43.

For more detailed guidance including for other kinds of materials consult a Harvard Referencing System Guide, a number of which are openly accessible online from University Library websites.

Enquires about book reviews should be sent to: uzma.jamil@mail.mcgill.ca


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