CfP: Special Issue “Sufism in the Modern World,” Journal “Religions” (A&HCI)

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Call for Papers
June 30, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Humanities, Intellectual History, Islamic History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Social History / Studies


Special Issue "Sufism in the Modern World"

Indexing:  ATLA Religion Database, Web of Science (A&HCI), Scopus, ProQuest, Religious and Theological Abstracts

Deadline for manuscript: 30 June 2022



Since the advent of the “modern” age, the main mystical trend of Islam, or Sufism, has become the target of new, multifaceted criticism in the Muslim World. The harsh anti-Sufism of Muslim purists and fundamentalists of the eighteenth century onwards—who consider mystical Islam to be a major part of, and reason for, the deviation from an imagined, pristine Islam—was followed by a fresh wave of Sufi antagonism by Muslim modernists and secular thinkers from the nineteenth century, who regard Sufism as something belonging to the past, and thus incompatible with the present. Notwithstanding these dense and multifarious critiques, Sufism has remained an active part of Muslim life and culture in most Muslim-majority areas, even extending its presence to new spheres such as Europe and America. The purpose of this Special Issue is to analyze and examine different aspects of the presence of Sufism in the modern world, and to scrutinize the dynamics of its beliefs, practices, and institutions which have been developed since the dawn of the early modern period. The Issue also addresses the post-medieval conceptualizations of Sufism and the modern interpretations of Sufi tradition. Scholars from different fields such as history, religious/Islamic studies, sociology, anthropology, literature, theology, and philosophy are invited to approach the topic from their own specialism or from an interdisciplinary perspective. 

All articles are published online soon after their acceptance. 


Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted online by registering and logging in to the journal's website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page.

Religions is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.



  • Sufism, Islamic mysticism
  • modern period
  • dynamics of religion
  • Sufism in the West
  • history of ideas
  • Islamic reform
  • spirituality


Special Issue Editor

Dr. Saeed Zarrabi-Zadeh    Website