Brill Launches Open Access Journal of Material Cultures in the Muslim World

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Brill has entered into a partnership with The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (London, UK) and the Aga Khan Museum (Toronto, Canada) to publish the new peer-reviewed, academic Journal of Material Cultures in the Muslim World (MCMW). The journal will be published in full Open Access: with the support of the University and the Museum, all author charges will be waived. The journal accepts submissions in English, French, German and Spanish, and short reports in Arabic, Persian and Turkish with an English abstract.


The Journal of Material Cultures in the Muslim World aims to be a new reference for field archaeologists, (art) historians, anthropologists, curators, and scholars and students of the archaeology, art history, architecture, anthropology and ethnography of the Muslim world. This readership represents a new, broader definition of material culture that includes not only artefacts, architectural structures and monuments, but also crafts. The journal aims to inform other disciplines and historiographies and will also focus on under explored Muslim regions outside of the Middle East and North Africa.


Prof. Dr Leif Stenberg, Dean of The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, comments: “I am delighted that three strong partners, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London and Brill have come together to launch an interdisciplinary journal that will be leading in its fields. I am especially delighted that it opens up for contributions in a variety of languages and promotes scholarship across the Global South and Global North.”


Dr. Henry Kim, Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Aga Khan Museum: “The Aga Khan Museum is thrilled to be partnering with Brill and The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations. This journal truly breaks new ground in its cutting-edge, inclusive approach. As an interdisciplinary, academic platform for museum curators and scholars, it will be an exciting, innovative addition to the academic publications about the Muslim world currently available.”


Dr Jasmin Lange, Chief Publishing Officer at Brill, adds: “We are delighted to collaborate with two renowned organizations to publish an inclusive journal for research from all corners of the world, that transcends language, access and cost barriers. As such, this partnership aligns with a cornerstone of our Open Access strategy to make Open Access publishing possible to authors anywhere in the world, regardless of background or budget.”


The journal will be published in two issues per year.  The expected date of publication of the inaugural double issue is October 2020.



  • Stéphane Pradines, Professor of Islamic Art, Architecture & Archaeology at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, The Aga Khan University (AKU-ISMC), London, UK

Editorial Board

  • Ulrike Al-Khamis, Director of Collections and Public Programs, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada
  • Anna Contadini, Professor of Islamic Art, SOAS, London, UK
  • Mounia Chekhab Abudaya, Curator, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar
  • Pedram Khosronejad, Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies, Oklahoma State University, USA
  • Marcus Milwright, Professor, University of Victoria, Canada

Advisory Board

  • Sami Abdel Malik, Director General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Sinai and Lecturer at Al-Arish University, Egypt
  • Jorge Alves, Professor Auxiliar, Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Felix Arnold, German Archaeological Institute, Madrid, Spain
  • Deniz Beyazit, Associate Curator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
  • Sheila Blair, Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art (Emerita), Boston College, USA
  • Sibel Bozdoğan, Professor, History of Art & Architecture, Boston University, USA
  • Annabelle Collinet, Collection Manager, Department of Islamic Art Louvre Museum, Paris, France
  • Elarbi Erbati, Professor, Institut national des sciences de l'archéologie, Rabat, Morocco
  • François-Xavier Fauvelle, Professor, Collège de France, Paris, France
  • Corisande Fenwick, Lecturer, University College London, UK
  • Alison Gascoigne, Associate Professor, University of Southampton, UK
  • Denis Genequand, Director of the Research Centre and Roman Museum, Avenches, Switzerland.
  • Margaret Graves, Associate Professor, Indiana University, USA
  • Christiane Gruber, Professor and Chair, History of Art Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
  • Renata Holod, Professor, Curator, Near East Section, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Ellen Kenney, Associate Professor, American University in Cairo, Egypt
  • Alberto León Muñoz, Professor, University of Cordoba, Spain
  • Francesca Leoni, Curator, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK
  • Jean-Michel Mouton, Professor, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, France
  • Stephennie Mulder, Associate Professor, University of Texas, USA
  • Julio Navarro Palazón, Laboratorio de Arqueología y Arquitectura de la Ciudad, Escuela de Estudios Árabes (CSIC), Granada, Spain
  • Andrew Petersen, Professor, University of Wales, UK
  • Yves Porter, Professor, University of Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Nasser Rabbat, Professor of Islamic Architecture, Aga Khan, MIT, USA
  • Rocco Rante, Archeologist, Department of Islamic Art Louvre Museum, Paris, France
  • Mariam Rosser-Owen, Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
  • Axelle Rougeulle, Chargée de recherche, CNRS, UMR 8167, Paris, France
  • Marie-Odile Rousset, Archeologist, CNRS, Lyon, France
  • Annabel Teh Gallop, Curator, British Library, London, UK
  • Avinoam Shalem, Professor, Columbia University, New York, USA
  • Rehab ElSiedi, Lecturer of Islamic Art and Archaeology, Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo University, Egypt
  • Ahmad al-Shoki, Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, Former General Director of the Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo, Egypt
  • Sharon C. Smith, Head, Distinctive Collections, Arizona State University, USA
  • Cristina Tonghini, Lecturer, University of Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy
  • Oliver Watson, Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East (Emeritus), University of Oxford, UK
  • Bing Zhao, Researcher, CNRS, Paris, France


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