About Journal

Focus and Scope

Essays in Philosophy and Kalam publishes novel contributions on topics including Islamic Philosophy, Kalam, and comparative philosophy. The Editorial Board would always welcome receiving the research results of the professors, researchers, and learned scholars.



Journal History

The first issue of this journal was published in winter 1347/1968 by the late professor Dr. Mahmood Ramyar and on the occasion of “The Hundredth Anniversary of Hakim Sabzevari’s Death”, under the title of “The Journal of the University of Mashhad Faculty of Theology (Ma’qul va Manqul).


This journal was established after Ramyar was transferred from the Law Office of the then National Consultative Assembly to the newly-founded Ministry of Sciences and Higher Education. He was appointed as the “Vise-president of Mashhad University in Administrative and Financial Affairs.” After a while, retaining his previous position, he took over the supervision of the Faculty of Theology, as well. During his three/four years of acting as the head of the Faculty, he rendered valuable services to the faculty, one of which was the establishment of this journal.


Of course, the role of other professors in persuading him to this endeavor cannot be ignored. For instance, Ustad Muhammad Vaez Zadeh underwent a lot of efforts in preparing articles for the first issue of the journal as well as the following issues. The journal was warmly welcomed from the very beginning by the elites and the lovers of knowledge, so that upon reading the first issue, the late renowned translator Ahmad Aram wrote in a letter to Ramyar, “… as for the journal, it is truly superior to other printed publications of Mashhad University in many aspects; and this of course has been the outcome of your endeavors” (Aram, p. 225). Similarly, professors Sayyid Abdul Karim Amiri Firouzkouhi, Sayyid Muhammad Ali Rowzati, Reza Ustadi Tehrani, and others had constantly contributed in later years to the journal by means of their critiques and comments.


The second issue was published, after a three-year interval, in the spring of 1351 sh/1972 under the title of The Journal of the Faculty of Theology and Islamic Studies. From then on, it was regularly published as a quarterly until the spring of 1358/1979, issue Nzdi Motlaq, also known as “Fazel” took over the journal’s management. In 1376/1997, the “Commission for the Assessment of the Country’s Scientific Journals” (Affiliated to the Ministry of Science) granted the journal the Scientific-Research Rank according to the verdict of the session dated Khordad 7, 1373/1997.


In 1380/2001, upon the retirement of Professor Dr. Mahmood Fazel’s, the University introduced Dr. Sayyid Kazem Tabatabaei to the Ministry of Islamic Culture and Guidance as the managing editor. But when the related questionnaires were completed and were sent to the General Office for the Internal Press of the Ministry of Islamic Culture and Guidance along with the required documents, it was declared that this journal did not have any record in that ministry!


They, thus, dealt with the journal as a newly-established magazine. They did not even consider The Journal of Faculty of Theology as a title and wanted us to suggest them several new titles. The faculty, thus, suggested some title to the “General Office for the Internal Press.” After going through legal processes that took over a year long, that office finally issued publication permission for the journal of the faculty by the title “Islamic Studies”. It was in 1387/2008, after some attempts made for specialization of scientific journals, the managing director of the research affairs of the followed o. 28.


The chief editor of the quarterly was Ustad Muhammad Waez Zadeh from the beginning until 1353/1974. Then, this responsibility was handed over to the late Mr. Ghulam Reza Nafeli. The journal underwent some changes in terms of internal layout and arrangement of the articles after Ramyar went to the University of Edinburgh to complete his studies and was succeeded by Dr. Ali Akbar Shahabi, so that the articles and researches of each field of study were published next to one another in a separate section.


In this stage, some pages were specifically dedicated to “Shi’a Studies” and in addition to encouraging others, Shahabi would personally attempted in writing and publishing some articles in this respect. In 1358/1979, after the victory of the Islamic Revolution and the change of political system in the country, the journal stopped publication, which lasted until 1373/1994, that is, for fifteen years.


In 1372/1993, the late professor Dr. Sayyid Mahdi Sane’I, who was then the dean of the faculty made some efforts to republish the journal. His efforts proved fruitful in 1373/1994 and the 29th issue of the Journal of the Islamic Jurisprudence and Principles was republished under the management of professor Gholam Reza Nafeli after a 15 year interval. Before the 30th issues was published Mr. Nafeli was afflicted with a heart condition which caused his death several months later.


Dr. Mahmood Yaministry granted permission, via letter No. 3/4442 dated Shahrivar 6, 1387/2008, to this journal to publish annually two specialized issues of the periodical in four specialized fields. Following this permission, since Mehr 1, 1387/2008, the “Islamic Studies” is published in four specialized topics as follows:

1. Fiqh and Usul,

2. Qur’an and Hadith Studies,

3. Philosophy and Kalam,

4. History and Culture.


Open Access Policy

 This journal provides immediate open access to its content so to make research freely available to the public and to supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Privacy Statement

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Charge of submission and publication

According to the decision of the meeting dated June 19, 2021 of the editorial board of the Journal of Fiqh and Usul, authors of submitted articles are required to pay 4,000,000 Rials for peer review process fees. This amount will be paid online after the initial review of the article by the editor and the ability to send it to review by the system, online and through the relevant portal.



Under open access license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their content, but allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy the content as long as the original authors and source are cited properly.


Paper Plagiarism Checker

The submitted articles, after being registered and before being sent to the peer review process, are first checked in the Samim Noor and Hamyab system. And articles that overlap significantly with previously published works (without citation) it will not be sent to the peer review process and this articles will be archived.