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Contemporary Issues in Islamic Studies for Global Well-being

Special issue call for papers from Humanomics

Guest Editors
Dr Asmak Ab Rahman, Department of Shari’ah and Economics, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Dr Joni Tamkin Borhan, Professor, Department of Shari’ah and Economics, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

All faculty members of the Department of Shari’ah and Economics will be actively involved in contributing scholarly papers to the Special Issue. It is expected that two Special Issues will be published on the theme of this call..

What's the issue about?
Well-being can be seen from various perspectives as Gaspers (2002), Travers and Richardson (1997) and others point out the meaning of ‘well-being’ is a concept or abstracttion used to refer to whatever is assessed in an evaluation of a person’s life situation.  Different term also being used to reflect the wellbeing such as the quality of life, living standards and human development, welfare, life staisfaction, and other terms.  McGillivray (2005) argues that human well-being would reflect in the  quality of human life, human development and basic needs fulfilment. Hybron on the other hand perceived happiness as one criteria of wellbeing.  Al Ghazzali indicates that humankind’s happiness as one of the goals of education.  To achieve such a happiness, ‘knowledge” and “action” should be instituted together, so that interprets that Quran put emphazise   Currently many research in Islamic studies has been done dealing with the  well-being.  To what extent contemporary researches in Islamic studies address the issue of well-being as being debated in the literature.
In the light of the conceptual and applied background of Humanomics studied as ethics by the systems and cybernetic and interdisciplinary approach, the concept of well-being  rests on participatory social dynamics between individuals, communities, institutions. Their ethical activities in socioeconomic experience are represented by inter-causality between variables and entities overarching micro and macro issues of the participatory type with interaction, integration, and evolutionary learning between them characterizing the episteme of unity of knowledge relating to the problems under study. The criterion of conceptual and measured wellbeing index evaluates and simulates the degree and extent of participatory organic relations that exist between the good and recommended choices. 

Currently many researches in Islamic studies have been done dealing with well-being.  The question remains to be investigated as to the concept and applications of formalized indexes of well-being that abide in the above-mentioned and similar extended fields of wellbeing in comparative global contexts. This special issue aims at contributing towards filling up such an important gap in the literature and formal treatment of the subject matter. The list of questions that might be addressed should cover various aspects of issues in Islamic studies for global well-being.

This issue of Humanomics will address a diversity of topics under its stated theme. Some of them are as follows but open to more ones of the type.

  • Concept and functional ontology of well-being as a participatory index of ethical choices and activities
  • The formal development and evaluation of well-being indexes in comparative development studies
  • Well-being as participatory index of ethical choices for social amelioration of problems such as, poverty alleviation, social justice, global resource sharing, global unemployment, and financial uncertainty; new socioeconomic indicators to measure wellbeing and progress, human development index in the light of the wellbeing concept characterized by interaction, integration, and evolutionary learning processes of sustainabilit
  • Well-being and human development
  • Well-being in the light of Quran and Hadith
  • Well-being and interfaith dialogue
  • Well-being as a global social contract in conflict identification and conflict resolution
  • The interactive understanding of shari’ah and economics, law and society, intercultural epistemologies
  • Well-being indexes of happiness, corporate social responsibility, ethical financing, and sustainability
  • Well-being and holistic education
  • Well-being and the concept of the common good
  • Institutional implications of well-being objective goals in global context
  • Cross-sectional and intertemporal evaluation of wellbeing indexes in various ethical issues and problems. Thus charting (simulating) well-being as historiography
  • Many other topics under the theme and in light of the Humanomics idea see the website of Humanomics, International Journal of System and Ethics

Submissions and guideliens

  • See author guidelines
  • To submit a paper to the special issue go to :
  • When submitting your paper, please indicate that your manuscript is a candidate for the Special Issue on ‘Contemporary Issues in Islamic Studies for Global Wellbeing’ by selecting the appropriate drop down box  
  • Authors can also upload a covering letter confirming this during the submission process
  • All papers submitted will be considered using the normal peer review process


  • The closing date for submissions is: 30 April 2017
  • The guest editors welcome enquiries and declarations of interest in submitting. Plesae contact Dr Asmak Ab Rahman if you have any questions