Article Submission Guidelines
In a world where miscommunication, misunderstanding, and apathy foster an environment of alienation, mistrust, and hatred, the commitment of dedicated individuals to changing that environment and alleviating those interpersonal ills can not be overvalued.
The Muslim-Jewish Journal was conceived of as a tool of intercultural communication; primarily between Jews and Muslims, but essentially for any persons concerned for the future of our planet and the welfare of its inhabitants. Needless to say, we are highly selective in choosing the content that will make it to the final copy of each issue. We have a clear goal in mind as well as very specific concerns, and neither is sacrificed for the sake of expediency. Along those lines, allow me to delineate guidelines for submission of content:
A) All articles must focus on positive themes.
There are many elements within our religious writings, as well as the religious writings of others, which may make us uncomfortable and uneasy. It may be sorely tempting to share that disease with others, casting the religious beliefs of one group or another in a negative light. However, this publication is not the appropriate forum for such content; The Muslim-Jewish Journal is meant to be a constructive tool of positive communication. We must be careful with our words, so that they may be used to bring people closer together and not push them farther apart.
B) All articles must be free of political content.
There are never just two sides to any given political issue (and certainly never just one side). The "Achilles Heel," so to speak, of religious dialogue is its tendency to be subverted to political ends. In order to keep The Muslim-Jewish Journal free from inhibitive social conflicts and ideologies, we will not print any articles that apply the message of any given Parasha or Sura to modern political conflicts. This is indeed a very narrow line across a very large grey area, and we must conscientiously and continuously use our judgment to determine the acceptability of any given article, on a case by case basis. To make the whole process easier, we ask that contributors simply shy away from politics as much as possible.
C) All articles must be based on either the TaNaKh (Bible) or the Qur'an.
As has been stated previously, The Muslim-Jewish Journal is a religious periodical focusing on positive dialogue between Jews and Muslims. We are specifically looking for articles written by Jewish authors on the Qur'an and Muslims authors on the TaNaKh. This is not to say that each religious community does not have other texts (e.g. Talmud, Sunna, etc) which it holds (equally) as dear as the TaNaKh or the Qur'an; however, our initial focus is solely on these two main texts. The time may come when we feature articles on other religious texts and subjects, but for now we ask that authors limit themselves accordingly.