ISSN: 20455895
Online ISSN: 20455909
First published in 2012
2 issues per volume
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Call for Papers

All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.

Please download the Notes for Contributors here


Special Issue: Field as Archive / Archive as Field
Thematic volume planned for July 2020
Proposal submission deadline: 30 July 2018 [CLOSED]
Full papers submission deadline: 28 February 2019

Download the Call for Papers here 


General Call for Papers

The International Journal of Islamic Architecture (IJIA) publishes biannually, with peer-reviewed articles on the urban design and planning, architecture and landscape architecture of the historic Islamic world, encompassing the Middle East and parts of Africa and Asia, but also the more recent geographies of Islam in its global dimensions. The main emphasis is on the detailed analysis of the practical, historical and theoretical aspects of architecture, with a focus on both design and its reception. The journal also aims to encourage dialogue and discussion between practitioners and scholars. Articles that bridge the academic-practitioner divide are highly encouraged.

While the main focus is on architecture, papers that explore architecture from other disciplinary perspectives, such as art, history, archaeology, anthropology, culture, spirituality, religion and economics are also welcome. The journal is specifically interested in contemporary architecture and urban design in relation to social and cultural history, geography, politics, aesthetics, technology and conservation. Spanning across cultures and disciplines, IJIA seeks to analyze and explain issues related to the built environment throughout the regions covered. The audience of this journal includes both practitioners and scholars. The journal publishes both online and in print. The first issue was published in January 2012.

IJIA is now soliciting manuscripts in the following categories:

1. Design in Theory - DiT manuscripts focus on the history, theory and critical analyses of architecture, urban planning and design and landscape architecture. Essays submitted should be a minimum of 5,000 words but no more than 8,000 words. (Notes and bibliography are included in the word count).

2. Design in Practice - DiP manuscripts focus on the practice of architecture, planning and landscape design as well as pedagogy. It is preferential that DiP papers address contextual and/or conceptual issues, analysis or critique of proposals, design and construction processes or built projects. Submissions may also include practitioner reflections on lessons learned but should avoid purely descriptive content. Manuscripts should range from 3,500 to 5,000 words.

3. Book, Media and Exhibition reviews
For those interested in writing book/media/exhibition reviews for IJIA, please submit your CV and your areas of expertise and interest and the books/media/exhibition you wish to review to the Reviews Editor: for consideration.
Unsolicited book reviews will not be accepted. Generally, the length of the reviews should not exceed 1000 words for a one-book review essay and 1800 words for an essay that reviews multiple books.
4. Conference, Conference Panel, and Seminar Précis
IJIA will publish a record of seminars and conferences that focus exclusively or partially on the latest research and findings in Islamic art, architecture, design, and urbanism, including issues in architectural and urban development, history, and theory. This directive is increasingly important with the growing globalization of such events and the geographically dispersed nature of our readership. Preference will be given to conferences that take place outside of Europe and North America and those that will not be documented with a publication. Précis are written by an organizer of or participant in the event in order to present an overview and analysis of topics treated and the issues taken up, but moreover to provide a space for critical reflection on the event’s proceedings. Conference, conference panel, and seminar précis should not exceed 1000 words.
5. Letters to the Editor
Letters and comments on articles and reviews published, editorial themes and topics should be addressed and sent to the Editor of the journal. Send letters to
For full submission details please download the Notes for Contributors.
Email the editors at to submit a manuscript or for any additional questions or information.
Please include the following with any manuscript submission:
  • A Title Page with the following
  • A concise and informative title
  • The full names and affiliations of all authors; a 3–4 sentence bio on each author (with a maximum of 100 words per bio)
  • The full postal address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the corresponding author(s)
  • All e-mail and postal addresses must be valid for at least a year from time of submission.
  • Abstract and Keywords on page 2. This page should include the following: * An abstract: an overview of no more than 200 words, summarizing the significant points of the article. * Six keywords or two-word phrases defining the article should be included for indexing references to facilitate a reader’s search. All keywords should be in lower case unless they are proper nouns or names. * The word count for the full text, i.e. the body of  text and all notes should be included.

Journal contributors will receive a free PDF copy of their final work upon publication. Print copies of the journal may also be purchased by contributors at half price



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