Thought Paper


The Journal of Islamic Governance invites interested individuals from any field to share their thoughts and initial ideas from their research, analysis or interpretation of a particular topic. The objective is to provide a platform for academics, practitioners, policy influencers, and even non-academics to share pioneering, yet to be fully developed, ideas related to an Islamic System of Governance. Topics may include (but not limited to):

  • Political Governance
  • Environmental & Health Governance
  • Leaders and Leadership
  • Financial & Corporate Governance
  • Non-Governmental Organisation
  • Social Equity
  • Security & Defence Governance
  • Educational Governance
  • International Relations & Multi-Level Governance
  • Science, Technology & Innovation

Thought papers can be submitted at any time and will be reviewed by The Journal’s Editorial Board. Accepted papers will be published on all its platforms, hosted primarily by The Journal to establish intellectual ownership and acknowledge authorship, and allow their ideas to be cited

Submission Requirements

  • 1000-1500 words
  • Bibliography
  • Citation format: Chicago or Harvard
  • Author information and background

Please submit via email to

1. Consultation (Optional)

You may choose to access free consultation with our Journal staff prior to submission

2. Submission

Email your paper in MS Word format with a sentence or two describing your background

3. Screening

Your paper will then be screened to ensure basic requirements are met and is suitable

4. Review

The Editorial will review the paper based on The Journals manuscript review form

5. Revision

Should your paper require revisions, the review team will provide feedback

6. Publication

Successful submission will then undergo the final publication process

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the required writing style?

Simple and basic academic rigour is expected, but more pertinently, it is a critical voice that is needed, translated in your personal writing style. The thought paper, is after all, meant to spark engagement and dialogue and should be written in a manner that best facilitates this.

I am not confident in writing in English, can I submit in another language?

All submissions must include an English version, however you may submit both an English and non-English paper together. The Journal offers free consultation and welcomes potential authors to come in and refine their submissions. Currently, our staff are able to help refine your English interpretation of Malay and Arabic languages.

How do I find out whether my paper is suitable or relevant to Islamic Governance?

Kindly contact Fatimah Abusufian ( or Alawi Shahrin ( with your submission title for assistance.

Can I submit a Thought Paper if I have not yet attended Islamic Governance classes or related disciplines?

Specific education on Islamic Systems of Governance, as taught in the Institute of Policy Studies, UBD, is not necessary. We welcome all submissions related to Islam and governance.

Do I need to have an academic background to submit?

No, almost anyone can submit a Thought Paper as it is intended to be for all stakeholders of an Islamic System of Governance to contribute, whether you are a career academic, or blue-collared worker. Should you need assistance on how to write academically, please do not hesitate to contact us.

My paper may be too long for the Thought Paper requirements, what should I do?

Longer papers may be divided into multiple parts, however we would highly recommend that you instead submit a paper to The Journal issues itself. These are 5000-7000 word articles, in comparison to the 1000-1500 word Thought Paper. For more information, visit our Authors Guide