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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • Please upload two separate files. Full Text Only and Title Page (Name, Email, Affiliations)
  • Name, address and email address (institution's email) of three possible referees outside the authors' institution are indicated in the COMMENTS TO THE EDITOR.
a) The journal publishes articles in Islamic theology (`aqidah) and Islamic thought which includes kalam, philosophy, mysticism (tasawwuf), comparative religions, logic, Islamic sects (firaq) and schools of thought, as well as Islamic thought in the Malay world. 

b) It publishes unpublished original research articles and the Malay translation of any related published article of other languages. 


c) The article must not exceed 30 pages typed in double spacing. The shorter articles are also welcome. 


d) The contributor must submit both hard and soft copy of the article and it is not returnable, whether it is accepted for publication or not. 


e) All contribution must have a brief English and Malay abstract about 200 words, together with the Malay and English keywords not more than 10 words. It also required a list of bibliography. For the non-Malay writers, the journal will translate their abstract into Malay. 


f) The methodology of writing must be of an academic writing and the footnote must be written properly. 


g) The transliteration must be properly written based on the method used by the journal. 


h) All articles submitted to AFKAR will be initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal. Articles deemed suitable are then sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers in the field


i) All articles published in the journal are not necessarily represented the idea of Afkar, neither of the Department. The writer is fully responsible of his views and article. 


j) The copyright of the article published in the journal belongs to the journal. It can be reprinted with a proper acknowledgement that it was published in Afkar. 


Submission Rules


1.0 HOW TO PREPARE PAPERS


Manuscripts should be unpublished original research on the themes of Islamic Theology (`aqidah) and Islamic Thought such as Kalam, philosophy, Sufism (Tasawwuf), comparative religions, logic, Islamic sects (firaq) as well as Islamic Thought in the Malay world.


Manuscripts should be prepared on A4 size white paper with 3 cm, 2.5 cm, 2.5 cm and 2 cm margins from the top, bottom, left and right respectively.


Centred at the top of the first page of a manuscript should be the complete title of the manuscript and, with title in English if the manuscript in Malay or Arabic language, name(s) of author(s) affiliation(s), mailing and email address(es), then the abstract under the heading ABSTRAK (in Malay) and ABSTRACT (in English) (in Times New Roman, 10 points), not exceeding 200 words, keywords under the heading Kata kunci: (in Malay) and Keywords: (not more than five keywords, in bold, Times New Roman, 10 points) and followed by the text. 


The text should be typed and single-spaced, using Times New Roman font version 5 and above for Roman characters, including the transliteration, while Traditional Arabic font 16 should be used for Arabic or Jawi characters.  Paragraphs should be separated by double spacing.


Please upload the template here.


1.1 Language Used


Manuscripts must be written in English or Malay. Article in Arabic Languange can also be considered.


1.2 Figures and Tables


A figure, table and illustration should be placed on the same page as far as possible, otherwise it may be placed on the immediate following page.


1.2.1 Label of Figures


A figure, photo and illustration should be labelled with “Fig.” and a table with “Table”.  It must be assigned an Arabic numerals as figure or table number; the figure number and title, and the table number and title should be placed on top of  the figure and table. the source of the figure and table, if applicable, should be palced below the figure and the table. The first letter of the title should be in capital letter.  Figure, photo, illustrations and tables should be placed in the middle of the page between left and right margins.


1.3 Sections and Subsections


Sections and subsections should be given the titles respectively. Capital letters should be used for the section titles.  For subsections, the first letter of each word should be in capital letter, followed by small letters.


1.4 Length of Manuscript


Each manuscript should not exceed 20 pages (in single spaced) including illustrations, and tables and reference. The page number should be written at the lower center of each page.


1.5 Footnotes


Each manuscript should use only a footnote system, and neither an in-text note nor an endnote. The footnote should follow the 16th Chicago Style (http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html) The footnote should be typed and single-spaced, using Times New Roman font 10, and should be noted with numbers 1, 2, 3 respectively (which can be created by clicking Insert Footnote on the References tab in Microsoft Word). The author must also provide the footnote/sources in English if the manuscript written in Arabic language. The footnote should also follow the 16th Chicago Style.


1.6 Transliteration


Each manuscript should use Transliteration in the Romanisation of Arabic words. The transliteration should follow the Romanisation style of American Library Association - Library of Congress or ALA-LC Romanisation Tables  (http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/roman.html;http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/romanization/arabic.pdf).


1.7 References


References of each manuscript should follow the 16th Chicago Style(http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html)


References should be noted with numbers 1., 2., 3.  and typed and single-spaced, using Times New Roman font 12,  and placed it below the text of the manuscript. The author must also provide the references in English if the manuscript written in Arabic language. The references should also follow the 16th Chicago Style. 


1.8 Author’s Biography


The author should give his/her short profile including his/her name, academic achievements, affiliations to professional bodies and working experience within 100 words at the end of the manuscript. This author’s biography should be typed and single-spaced and placed it below the references under the heading BIOGRAPHY.


BIOGRAPHY


Muhammad Hassan Abdul Karim obtained his PhD from University of Malaya in 1986 in Philosophy of Religion.  Currently, he is a lecturer at the Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya.  His research areas include philosophy of religion, comparative religion and psychology of religion. He has published a number of papers related to these areas.  He is also an affiliate member of BRISMES since 1990. 


2.0 POLICY


All articles submitted to AFKAR will be initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal. Articles deemed suitable are then sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers in the field


The published manuscript shall be a copyright of the Department of Aqidah and Islamic Thought, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. It can be reprinted with a proper acknowledgement that it was published in AFKAR.


The published manuscript would not represent the stand or opinion of the Advisory Board, Editorial Board, Co-Editorial Board and the Management Team of Journal of Akidah dan Pemikiran Islam (AFKAR), or the Department of Aqidah and Islamic Thought, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya.