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Author Guidelines

Papers submitted for publication must conform to the following guidelines:

  1. Papers should discuss the themes of Islamic Law, Thought in the field of Islamic Law, and State and Islamic Law.
  2. Papers are written either in Indonesian, English or Arabic;
  3. Papers must be typed in one spaced on B5-paper size;
  4. Papers’ length is about 6,000-10,000 words;
  5. All submission must include a 150-200 word abstract written in a paragraph, one spaced, and two languages: Indonesian and English;
  6. Full name(s) of the author(s) must be stated, along with his/her/their institution and complete address;
  7. All submission should be in Open Office, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format;
  8. Qur’an verses and hadith texts must be noted by syakal and must be translated to Indonesian;
  9. Bibliographical reference must be noted in footnote


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 op.cit., and loc.cit. are not.

The Examples of Footnote Style:

1Rumi Hisakata, Shin’ya Nishida, and Alan Johnston, ‘An Adaptable Metric Shapes perceptual Space’, Current Biology, vol. 26, no. 14 (2016), pp. 1911–5,, accessed 3 Oct 2016.

2Elon Musk,  ‘The Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan (Just between You and Me)’, Tesla Blog (2 Aug 2006),, accessed 29 Sep 2016.

3Christopher W.V. Hogue,  ‘Structure Databases’,  in Bioinformatics,   2nd edition, ed. by Andreas D. Baxevanis and B.F. Francis Ouellette (New York, NY: Wiley-Interscience, 2001), pp. 83–109.

4Joe Sambrook and David William Russell, Molecular Cloning: A Laboratory Manual, 3rd edition (Cold Spring Harbor, NY: CSHL Press, 2001), p. 67.

5Khaled Abou El Fadl, Rebellion and Violence in Islamic Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), p. 89.


7Ibid, p. 100.

8Joe Sambrook and David William Russell, Molecular cloning: a laboratory manual, p. 101.

9Annemarie   Schimmel,    Rahasia    Wajah  Suci  Ilahi,    terj.  Rahmani  Astuti (Bandung: Mizan, 1987), hlm. 11.

10N?r   ad-D?n 'Itr,  Manhaj  an-Naqd    f? 'Ul?m  al-?adi? (Beirut: D?r al-Fikr, 1992), hlm. 123



Bibliography is provided: full name(s) of author(s), title of the source in italic, place of publication, publishing company, and date of publication.

The Examples of Bibliography:

Hisakata, Rumi, Shin’ya Nishida, and Alan Johnston, ‘An Adaptable Metric Shapes Perceptual Space’, Current Biology, vol. 26, no. 14, 2016, pp. 1911–5 [].

Hogue, Christopher W.V., ‘Structure Databases’, in Bioinformatics, 2nd edition, ed. by Andreas D. Baxevanis and B.F. Francis Ouellette, New York, NY: Wiley-Interscience, 2001, pp. 83–109.

Musk, Elon, ‘The secret Tesla Motors Master Plan (Just between You and Me)’, Tesla Blog, 2 Aug 2006,, accessed 29 Sep 2016.

Sambrook, Joe and David William Russell, Molecular Cloning: A Laboratory Manual, 3rd edition, Cold Spring Harbor, NY: CSHL Press, 2001.

Abdullah, Amin, “at-Ta’wil al-‘Ilmi: ke Arah Perubahan Paradigma Penafsiran Kitab Suci”, al-Jami’ah, No. 2, Vol. 39, 2001.

Anderson, Norman, Law Reform in the Muslim World, London: The Athlone Press, 1976.

Fadl, Khaled M. Abou, Speaking in God’s Name: Law Authority, and Women, Oxford: Oneworld, 2003.

'Itr, N?r ad-D?n, Manhaj an-Naqd f? 'Ul?m al-?adi?, Beirut: D?r al-Fikr, 1992.

Schimmel, Annemarie, Rahasia Wajah Suci Ilahi, terj. Rahmani Astuti, Bandung: Mizan, 1987.

Siddiqi, Muhammad Zubayr, “Hadith A Subject of Keen Interest” dalam P.K. Kroya (ed.), Hadith and Sunnah Ideals and Realities, Malaysia: Islamic Book Trust, 1996.

Please consider the following creteria:

  • The title of the article submittd to Al-Istinbath: Jurnal Hukum Islam should reflect a specific focus of study;
  • The article submitted should be based on library or fieldwork research;
  • The article should present bibliography which entails primary sources—books, manuscripts, interviews, or observation—and updated secondary sources from books or peer reviewed journals;
  • 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;
  • The style and format, including the structure of article, footnotes, bibliography, should follow those of Al-Istinbath.
  • The article is submitted to

Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

Structure of the manuscripts

  1. Title. The title should be short, bright, and informative, but does not exceed 15 words. It has to be pinpoint with the issues discussed. The article title does not contain any uncommon abbreviation. The main ideas should be written first and followed then by its explanations.
  2. Author’s names and institutions. The author's names should be accompanied by the author's institutions and email addresses, without any academic titles and job title.
  3. Abstract. Abstracts are written in Indonesian and English. Abstract is made in one paragraph which consists of the aims, research methods, results, conclusions and keywords (3-5 phrases).
  4. Introduction. The introduction must contain (shortly and consecutively) a general background and a literature review (state of the art), the main research problems and research method. In the final part of the introduction, the purpose of the article writing should be stated.
  5. Result and Discussion. This part consists of the research results and how they are discussed. The results obtained from the research have to be supported by sufficient data.  The research results and the discovery must be the answers, or the research hypothesis stated previously in the introduction part. The following components should be covered in the discussion: How do your results relate to the original question or objectives outlined in the Introduction section (what/how)? Do you provide interpretation scientifically for each of your results or findings presented (why)? Are your results consistent with what other investigators have reported (what else)? Or are there any differences?
  6. Conclusions. Conclusion should answer the objectives of the research and the research discoveries. The concluding remark should not contain only the repetition of the results and discussions or abstract. You should also suggest future research and point out those that are underway.
References. The literature listed in the References contains only the sources referenced or included in the article. Please use Reference Manager Applications like Mendeley, Zotero, etc. Referral sources should provide 80% of journal articles, proceedings, or research results from the last five years. Writing techniques bibliography, using the system cites Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition.

Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

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Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article Submission: 0.00 (IDR)
Authors are not required to pay an Article Submission Fee as part of the submission process to contribute to review costs.

Article Publication: 0.00 (IDR)
If this paper is accepted for publication, you will not be asked to pay an Article Publication Fee to cover publications costs.