Formal Requirements:

Articles should be in Word format with the following settings:

  • top, bottom, left, right margins: 2.5 cm;
  • Times New Roman 12 pt, one and a half spaced;
  • footnotes: 10 pt, single-spaced
    Hadīth and Sīra Studies welcomes Turkish, Arabic, English, German and French articles. Although there is no upper limits for the length of articles, reviews of books, symposiums and conferences should not exceed 2000 words.

Manuscripts should contain an abstract both in the original language of the text and in English (150- 200 words) as well as keywords (max. 10). Manuscripts should also include a separate bibliography.

Manuscripts should be grammatically correct and conform to the rules of punctuation of the language used. Spelling should be consistent throughout.

Arabic words in transliteration should be italicized for English, German, and French articles. For transliteration authors should follow the system adopted by the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft (DMG), which is accessible online at:

Bibliographic References:

Full bibliographic reference should be given upon first mention. Repeated references should include only last name, shortened title, and page number.

ibid. can be used to refer to the work cited in the previous note. Authors should not use op. cit., idem., or loc. cit.


Nabia Abbot, Studies in Arabic Literary Papyri II: Qur’ānic Commentary and Tradition, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1967.

Al-Ġazālī, Abū Ḥāmid, al-Munqiḏ mina’ḍ-ḍalâl wa’l-mūṣil li’l-‘izzati wa’l-ǧalāl, ed. Ǧamīl Ṣalībā – Kāmil ‘Ayyād, Beirut, 1967.

Harald Motkzi, The Origins of Muhammadan Jurisprudence: Meccan Fiqh before the Classical Schools, trans. Marion H. Kartz, Leiden: Brill, 2002.

Articles in Books:

Andreas Görke, “Prospects and Limits in the Study of the Historical Muḥammad”, in: Nicolet Boekhoff-van der Voort, Kees Versteegh, Joas Wagemakers (eds.), The Transmission and Dynamics of the Textual Sources of Islam: Essays in Honour of Harald Motzki, Leiden: Brill, 2011, pp. 137-151.


Wael b. Hallaq, “From Fatwās to Furūʿ: Growth and Change in Islamic Substantive Law”, in: Islamic Law and Society 1 (1/1994), pp. 29-65.

Andreas Görke – Gregor Schoeler, “Reconstructing the Earliest sīra Texts: The Hiǧra in the Corpus of ʿUrwa b. al-Zubayr”, in: Der Islam 82 (2005), pp. 209-220.

Encyclopaedia Entries:

Joseph Schacht, “Wuḍūʾ”, in: EI1, ed. M. Th. Houtsma et al., Leiden 1913-1936, vol. 8, p. 1140.


Ẓafar Isḥâq Anṣârî, Early Development of Fiqh in Kûfah with Special Reference to the Works of Abû Yûsuf and Shaybânî, McGill University, Montreal, 1966.

Online Sources:

İsmail Lütfi Çakan, “Hadith and Classification of Hadith”, (accessed March 26, 2015)

Qurʾānic and Biblical References:

Qurʾān, 7/157.

Genesis 16/15