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Cambridge Interfaith Programme

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In collaboration with the Doha-based research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE), Cambridge Interfaith Programme is pleased to invite research papers on the topic:

The conceptual ground of good and evil in Islamic discourse: a fecund domain for ethical reflections

A closed 3-day seminar will be held in Doha from 5-7 October, 2022. Dr Feriel Bouhafa, a visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge, is convening the seminar. Proceedings will be published as a special issue in the Journal of Islamic Ethics (peer-reviewed and open-access).


Interested researchers are kindly requested to send the following documents to

>> Please note that only submissions sent to this e-mail address will be considered and evaluated <<

  • An abstract (300-500 words), describing the research’s core ideas and how they will be addressed in the light of the Background Paper, and
  • A brief biography (max. 500 words) outlining the applicant’s academic background, main research interests and key publications.

Authors whose abstracts are accepted will receive an invitation to submit full papers (between 7,000 and 10,000 words) within the deadlines specified below. The authors of a selection of the accepted papers will be invited to participate in the seminar. Other accepted papers will be considered for the publication. Submissions (abstracts, bios and full papers) can be written in either English, Arabic and French. Additional guidelines for the full papers are available from Brill.

Refereed Publication with Brill

In April 2016, CILE signed an agreement with Brill to launch the refereed Journal of Islamic Ethics (JIE). A thematic issue will bring together papers under the title, “Unpacking the conceptual ground of good and evil in Islamic discourse: a fecund domain for ethical reflections”. Accepted submissions in this call-for-papers will undergo the usual peer-review process for inclusion in the publication.

Important Dates

  • 15 January 2022: Deadline for submitting an abstract and short biography. Please read carefully the Background Paper (via CILE) before writing the abstract
  • 15 February 2022: Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be notified and invited to write full papers
  • 1 July 2022: Deadline for submitting full papers to circulate them between participants
  • 1 August 2022: Authors will be notified about the acceptance (or not) of their full-text papers


Submissions should be sent to Enquiries about the call-for-papers or the accompanying Background Paper should be addressed to the seminar convenor, Dr Feriel Bouhafa (

About the Doha-based Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE):

CILE aims to contribute to the reform and renew the Islamic thought by developing a contemporary vision guided by the fundamental principles of the Holy Qur’an, Sunnah and the higher objectives of Islamic Shariah. For more information, please contact: CILE Office

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