Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines [PDF Version]

Papers submitted for publication must conform to the following guidelines:

  1. Papers should discuss the themes of Islamic law, Islamic legal thought, Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic economic laws, criminal law, civil law, international law, constitutional law, administrative law, economic law, medical law, customary law, and environmental law, written either in English or Arabic;
  2. Papers must be typed in one-half spaced on A4-paper size;
  3. Papers’ length is about 5000-7,000 words;
  4. All submission must include a 150-200 word abstract;
  5. Full name(s) of the author(s) must be stated, along with his/her/their institution and complete address;
  6. All submission should be in OpenOffice or Microsoft Word document file format;
  7. Arabic romanization should be written:, b, t, th, j, , kh, d, dh, r, z, s, sh, , , , , , gh, f, q, l, m, n, h, w, y. Short vowels: a, i, u. long vowels: ā, ī, ū. Diphthongs: aw, ay. Tā marbūṭā: t. Article: al-. For detail information on Arabic Romanization, please refer the transliteration system of the Library of Congress (LC) Guidelines click here.
  8. Bibliographical reference must be noted in footnote and bibliography according to Al-Risalah
  9. When a source is cited for the first time, full information is provided: full name(s) of author(s), title of the source in italic, place of publication, publishing company, date of publication, and the precise page that is cited. For the following citations of the same source, list the author’s last name, two or three words of the title, and the specific page number(s). The word ibid. may be used, but cit., and loc.cit. are not.

 Examples of Footnote Style:

  1. Reşit Haylamaz, Aisha: the Wife, the Companion, the Scholar (New Jersey: Tughra Books, 2014), p. 25.
  2. , p. 20.
  3. Wahbah al-Zuḥaylī, al-Fiqh al-Islāmī wa Adillatuhu, Vol. IV, 2nd edition (Beirut: Dār al-Fikr, 1985), p. 3.
  4. Ibid., IV: 5.
  5. Haylamaz, Aisha, p. 50.
  6. Muhd Imran Abd Razak, “The Fiqh Wasaṭiyyah Approach towards the Involvement of Malaysian Women in Religious Extremism Phenomenon,” Al-Risalah 19, no 2 (2019): 105-124.
  7. Carlos Ulibarri, “Rational Philanthropy and Cultural Capital,” Journal of Cultural Economics, 24, no. 2 (2000): 5.
  8. Golda Eksa, “Perpres 37/2019 Dinilai Degradasi Kemampuan Sipil,” accessed on October 17th, 2019,
  9. Abul Harith Ath-Thagri, "And As For the Blessing of Your Lord It [Ad-Duha: 11]," Dabiq 12 (February 2015). accessed on February 17th,
  10. Mark Edelman and Sandra Charvat Burke, Creating Philanthropy Initiatives to Enhance Community Vitality, Staff General Research Report, no. 12951 (Iowa State University, Department of Economics, 2008), p. 4,, accessed 23 Jun 2015.
  11. Iqbal Javid, “Democracy and the Modern Islamic State,” in Voices of Resurgent Islam, ed. by John L. Esposito (Oxford University Press, 1983).
  12. Nadirsyah Hosen, “Shari’a & Constitutional Reform in Indonesia,” Master Thesis (Singapore: National University of Singapore, 2005).
  13. Kevin William Fogg, “The Fate of Muslim Nationalism in Independent Indonesia”, PhD. Dissertation (Yale University, 2012),, accessed 16 Feb 2016.

 Example of Bibliography:

  1. Journals

Abd Razak, Muhd Imran. “The Fiqh Wasaṭiyyah Approach towards the Involvement of Malaysian Women in Religious Extremism Phenomenon.”  Al-Risalah 19, no 2 (2019): 105-124.

Kurniawan, Edi. “Distorsi Terhadap Maqasid al-Syariʻah al-Syatibi di Indonesia.” Al-Risalah 18, no. 2 (2018): 175–94. /

  1. Books

Al-Shāṭi’, ʻĀʼishah ’Abd al-Raḥmān Bintu. al-Iʻjāz al-Bayānī Li al-Qur’ān wa Masā’il Ibn Al-Azraq. Miṣr: Dār al-Ma‘ārif, n.d. [for no year of publication]

Al-Zuhaylī, Wahbah. al-Fiqh al-Islāmī wa Adillatuhu. 2nd ed. Vol. II. Beirut: Dār al-Fikr, 1985.

Haylamaz, Reşit. Aisha: The Wife, The Companion, The Scholar. New Jersey: Tughra Books, 2014.

Iqbal, Javid. “Democracy and the Modern Islamic State.” In Voices of Resurgent Islam, edited by John L. Esposito. Oxford University Press, 1983. [for an article in a book]

  1. Theses/Dissertation

Fogg, Kevin William. “The Fate of Muslim Nationalism in Independent Indonesia.” PhD. Dissertation, Yale University, 2012.

Hosen, Nadirsyah. “Shari’a & Constitutional Reform in Indonesia.” Master Thesis, National University of Singapore, 2005.

  1. Websites

Eksa, Golda. “Perpres 37/2019 Dinilai Degradasi Kemampuan Sipil,” accessed on October 17th, 2019.

“Indonesia police link suicide bombing to Islamic State-inspired group.” accessed on October 17th, 2019. [for no writer's name]

  1. Magazines

Abul Harith Ath-Thagri, "And As For the Blessing of Your Lord It [Ad-Duha: 11]," Dabiq 12 (February 2015). accessed on February 17th,   2014.

Sone, Nyein Pyae, “At Rangoon Mosque, Buddhist Monks Accept Alms and Discuss Tolerance”, The Irrawaddy (2013). accessed  on April 2015., accessed 4 Jul 2013

  1. Laws

MPR Decree No. VI / MPR / 2000 on the Separation of the Indonesian National Army from the Indonesian National Police.

Law No. 20 of 1982 on Principal Provisions for the Defense and Security of the Republic of Indonesia.

Presidential Regulation No. 37 of 2019 on Functional Positions of the Indonesian National Army.

 Please consider the following creteria:

  1. Writing quotes and bibliography lists use the Mendeley, Zotero, and EndNote reference manager application with Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition (full note, with Ibid.)
  2. The title of the article submittd to Al-Risalah should reflect a specific focus of study, based on researches--be they library or fieldwork researches--and thus the author can have a general statement and sub-title specifically confining the scope of study
  3. The article submitted should be based on research--be it library or fieldwork or other kinds of researches
  4. The article should present bibliography which entails primary sources--books, manuscripts, interviews, or observation--and updated secondary sources from books or peer reviewed journals
  5. The article should contain an argument/thesis/finding which contribute to scholarly discussion in a field of study which should clearly be mentioned and systematically presented in abstract, content, and conclusion
  6. The article should use good English, or at least can be understood; the author is fully responsible in fixing and editing English; the copy editor of Al-Risalah is responsible only for minor typos and understandable grammatical erros
  7. The style and format, including the structure of article, footnotes, bibliography, should follow those of Al-Risalah
  8. The template of Al-Risalah article in word document format is available for download here.


  1. It is suggested to use a reference manager at styling the footnote and the bibliography, such as Zotero, Mendeley with the Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition (full note, with Ibid.) citation style.