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Policy Document of “AFKĀR”

Frequency of Journal Quarterly (January 2022 till now)
Bi Annual (January 2017 to December 2021)
Recognition January 2020-June 2022 in Y category
January 2017 to Dec. 2019 in Z category
ISSN (online) 2616-8588
ISSN (print) 2616-9223

Qur'anic Studies
Islamic Law
Islamic Thought and Literature
Christian-Muslim Relations: Past, Present & Future
Women and Islam
Islam and Peace
Islamic Art and Architecture
Islamic Civilization
Islamic Mysticism
Islam and Politics
However, authors are not only restricted to above mention areas. They can send their paper related to any area of Religion & Theology if not mentioned above.


AFKĀR Research Journal of Islamic Studies aims to promote scholarly research on contemporary issues and complexities of modern day world in addition to the orthodox approach of research.
The journal is dedicated to the scholarly study of all aspects of Islam and of the Islamic world. It seeks to publish articles that identify, explore, extend and unify Islamic Knowledge pertaining to Quranic Science, Ḥadith Sciences, Islamic Law, Islamic History, Sufism, Shariah& Law, Social Sciences, Economics, Politics, Islamic Culture and Civilizations, Comparative Religions and other related disciplines. The journal is committed to the publication of original research on Islam as culture and civilization. It particularly welcomes work of an interdisciplinary nature that brings together history, religion, politics, culture and law. The Journal has a special focus on contemporary Islamic Thought.
AFKĀR welcomes all the research papers having strong potential significance to Islam and Social Sciences.


The Research Journal “AFKĀR” seeks to publish articles that explore, identify, extend and unify Islāmic Knowledge pertaining to Qur’ānic Science, Ḥadīth Sciences, Islāmic Law, Islamic History, Ṣufīsm, Sharī‘ah& Law, Social Sciences, Economics, Politics, Islamic Culture and Civilizations, Comparative Religions and other related disciplines. “AFKĀR” welcomes all the research papers having strong potential and significance to Islam and Social Sciences.

Manuscript Submission

The authors are requested to submit well-researched and original paper with a length of 5000–7000 words, including references. The paper must contain an Abstract with a length of 250 words, including Keywords. The titles of Arabic and Urdu articles are to be translated into English Language as well. First page of the article should contain title of the research paper, name of the author (s), designation, institution affiliation and contact details.
All the articles must be composed in MS Word, however, Font for English Articles; Palatino Linotype, for Arabic Articles; SakkalMajalla and for Urdu Articles; JameelNooriNastaleeq.

General Requirements

An article should be typed on letter size paper (21.59-27.94) with margins of atleast 3.5cm on all sides. Font size of title headings should be for English Articles 16 Bold, sub-headings, and main body of text 11.5, however, font size for references is 10. For Arabic and Urdu articles, main headings 18 Bold, sub-headings, main body of text 13 and for references font size is 11.
Paper includes:
Title page,
Literature review,
The Research Journal “AFKĀR” prefers a critical and analytical academic approach by providing literature review of the research.
Results and Conclusions,
Transliteration of all historical names and titles of non-English terminology has to be done by author according to AFKĀR’s transliteration table. References should be inserted as Endnotes and numbered consecutively. All citations should follow the Chicago Manual of Style. The details of the style can be observed on

  • Al-Qur’ān, 1: 5.
  • Muhammad Ibn ‘Umar Al Rāzī, Mafātīḥ-ul-Ghayb, (Beirūt: Mu’assasat Al Risālah, 3rd Edition, 1420 H), Vol. 4, p. 122.
  • Abū ‘Īsā Muhammad Ibn ‘Īsā Al-Tirmazī, Sunan Al-Tirmadhī, Kitāb Al-Ahkām ‘An Rasulillahﷺ, BābMāJa’aFī Ann al-Bayyinatu ‘Alā Al-Mudda‘īWa Al-Yamīno ‘ala al-Mudda‘ā ‘Alayhe. Hadith No. 1261.
  • H.A.R. Gibb, J. H. Karamers and others, The Encyclopedia of Islam, (Leiden: E. J. Brill & London: Luzac& Co., 1960), s.v. “Shahādah.”
  • AbdinChande, “Symbolism and Allegory in the Qur’ān: Muhammad Asad’s Modernist Translation”, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relation, Vol. 15, (2004), pp. 79-80.

Kindly submit your article via email.
The articles are blind peer reviewed by the experts before publication. However, the Editorial Board reserves the right to exclude the paper without showing cause. The decision of the Editorial Board will be exclusive for publication of the article.
The research paper must comprise an original and unpublished work and must not be against the fundamentals and injunctions of Islām. It is expected that the research paper sent to “AFKĀR” is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
The article submitted for publication must be without plagiarism. The author has to submit article along with similarity index report and he/she will be legally responsible for any objection and legal proceedings in this regard.

The Editorial Board does not necessarily agree with the views of the authors, and cannot be held responsible for any statement, comment or information.

For further details download the policy document.