Call for Papers | Hamad Bin Khalifa University


The College of Islamic Studies (CIS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) is pleased to invite scholars, academics, and researchers to submit their research papers to a seminar on “Advancing the Clinical Practice of Islamic Psychology Through Education and Research” in Doha, Qatar, during the period of February 7–8, 2024.

This seminar aims to explore the current growing interest and efforts advancing the field of Islamic Psychology (IP) through educational initiatives, research projects, and clinical models. The aim is to explore such efforts in the broader field of Islamic psychology and its related subfields and applications.


Scholars whose submissions will be accepted will be given an opportunity to provide an oral presentation of their work followed by a discussion. Some distinguished scholars will also be requested to participate in a closed workshop/focus-group-style discussions exploring curriculum design and syllabus development for graduate degree programs in Islamic Psychology.

Description and Methodology of Research Papers

A paper may be dedicated to one or more topics/questions outlined in the Call for Papers document. Papers may be theoretical, empirical, or applied in nature. Papers may survey and evaluate existing programs, resources, and curricula. Reports and technical documents such as a proposed code of ethics, for example, are acceptable. Scholars and researchers are welcome to address the broader field of Islamic Psychology with an emphasis on applied psychology (i.e. counseling/clinical psychology). Thus, papers with practical applications will be given preference.

Selection Criteria

The suggested questions outlined in the Call for Papers are not a comprehensive list of topics. Thus, researchers can always address other questions as long as the submitted paper falls within the scope of the symposium and keeps the main aim in mind: advancing the clinical applications of Islamic Psychology through education and research.

All submitted abstracts and full papers will be evaluated by an academic review committee whose members will collectively decide which submissions are accepted/rejected.

Practical Information & Deadlines

Prospective applicants are kindly requested to send:

  • An abstract (300–500 words), describing the research’s core ideas, main and sub-questions, and how they will be addressed in the light of this Call for Papers.
  • A brief biography (max. 500 words) outlining the applicant’s academic background, main research interests, and key publications.

Authors whose abstracts are accepted will receive an invitation to send their full papers (between 5,000 and 7,000 words) within the deadline specified below.


Submissions (abstracts, bios, and full papers) can be written in either English or Arabic.

Plan of Publication

After the seminar, the full proceedings will undergo a review process by an academic review committee. The papers that will successfully go through this process will be published as an edited volume by a reputable publisher (to be determined).


HBKU-CIS will offer the authors of accepted papers the following:

  • A refereed publication.
  • The cost of making the publication available via open-access.
  • Travel and accommodation costs for the three days of the seminar.
  • Simultaneous Arabic-English translation throughout the seminar.


Deadline for receiving abstracts and bios:  Nov 30, 2023
Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be notified and invited to write the full papers:  Dec 15, 2023
Deadline for receiving full papers:  Jan 15, 2024
The proceedings of the seminar:  Feb 7–8, 2024
Deadline for submitting a revised version of the symposium full papers, based on the remarks raised by the review committee and the deliberations during the seminar:  May 31, 2024


  • Financial Support: The conference organizers will cover the expenses associated with visa, flight tickets, and accommodation for selected presenters.


Submissions or any inquiries must be sent to

Please note that only submissions sent to this e-mail will be considered and evaluated.