Call For Paper

“Islamic Economy in Sudan”

Sudan Journal of Economic and Social Studies

Editor-in-Chief: Atta El-Battahani

Guest Editor: Enrico Ille

A foundational influence of Islamic concepts on the national economy in post-independence Sudan can be traced at least to the oil boom in the 1970s, after which the sudden flow of large capital from the oil-producing Gulf states was, among others, directed to new Islamic banks in Sudan. Islamic rules for wealth redistribution, such as zakat and cushur, were of basic importance already before that and to some degree included in the British colonial taxation system, especially in northern Sudan. However, an unprecedented forceful reorganization of financing, tax regime, marketing and insurance started in the 1980s and came to full extent in the 1990s. However the economic, social and political consequences of this transformation may be evaluated, it has undoubtedly created a lasting impact on how economic interactions in Sudan take place.

In this issue, we want to gather studies that thoroughly examine this transformation and its consequences. The issue is intended to provide an interdisciplinary outlook on the present situation and its historical background. We specifically invite papers based on recent research (since 2011) and encourage junior scholars to submit.

If interested, please send an abstract (200-250 words) to and not later than 31 December 2016. Envisaged date of publication is 31December 2017.

Instruction for contributors

Scope of articles

Sudan Journal for Economic and Social Studies, published under the auspices of the Faculty of Economic and Social Studies, University of Khartoum, is a peer-reviewed journal, issued every six months. It publishes research articles and research notes (short communications) in all social science disciplines, including Economics and Econometrics, Political Science, Social Anthropology and Sociology, Social Work and Social Statistics, among others.

The main focus is on original research articles and research notes, but review articles may be considered for publication provided that they are well-focused and provide critical evaluation of the published literature to a given topic. An article being considered for publication elsewhere or published previously will not be considered. Material submitted for publication will be held to imply that it is offered to the Sudan Journal for Economic and Social Studies exclusively and will be reviewed and edited to meet its standards.


Papers will be accepted only in English; papers in Arabic will be accepted for initial review, but need to be translated before submission to peer review.

The manuscript should be submitted digitally, open for editing and in a file format accessible by a generally available word processing software (MS Word, Open Office, Acrobat Indesign etc., Macintosh-based files in convertible text formats). Printed texts may be submitted directly to the editor-in-chief for initial review, but need to be digitalized before submission to peer review. The submitted file should contain minimal formatting; prints should be on one side of A4 sheet of paper, double-spaced with wide margins.

The submitted article should be free of errors. The main sections of a paper (apart from reviews and notes) should cover at least the following elements: abstract (200-250 words) with at least 5 informative keywords (not repetition of the title), introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion and references. Each title of a section should be separated by an empty line from the text before and after, starting with an upper-case letter (otherwise only standard English capitalization). A research note must have an abstract, but no division into sections.

Research articles should be between 6,000 and 10,000 words long, review articles may be up to 12,000 words long; research notes are generally not longer than 2,000 words. Before submitting a manuscript, the author(s) may consult the Editor-in-Chief, but follow the detailed instructions given below before final submission.

Title page

The title of the article must be concise and specific. It should be typed in upper- and lower-case letters following standard English rules. The author(s) should state in a footnote if the paper is extracted from a thesis. The main text file should contain no indication whatsoever of the author(s)’ identity; in a separate title page, the title should be followed by the name(s) and affiliation of the author(s), as well as information on the institution funded by and/or affiliated to which the research has been conducted. The contact details of the author(s) must be given here as well.


For all questions of style, including references and citation, please see the latest version of the Chicago Manual of Style. While details of style may be addressed at a later stage of the publication process, proper referencing (both primary and secondary data) is expected from the beginning.

Figures and tables

Figures and tables must be embedded in the text, but should also be self-explanatory, labeled at the bottom with number, title and source. Units of measure should be metric. Only standard abbreviations should be used; unusual ones should be explained in footnotes. In the initial submission, figures and tables may be placed at the intended position; after acceptance of the article, they have to be submitted in separated files and their appropriate position should be indicated in the main text file. All visual material, especially images, should have a high resolution.

Peer review

Manuscripts will be initially screened by the Editor-in-Chief and then forwarded to the journal’s Editorial Board if deemed acceptable. If endorsed by the board, the article may be returned for revision, before peer review, if they deviate substantially from the journal’s standard and format, e.g. considering style, clarity, quality of analysis/argumentation and/or length. For peer review, any manuscript submitted for publication is evaluated by two or more highly qualified specialists in the subject matter. Comments from the reviewers and the Editor-in-Chief will be forwarded to the corresponding author who will be asked to include with the revised manuscript a letter addressing specific points of criticism made by the reviewers or Editor-in-Chief. If finally accepted for publication, the manuscript will be forwarded to the publishing process.

Preparation for publication

After the final revisions have been made, the revised manuscript should be submitted, if not already done, in separate files:

1) a text file containing all text elements (title, abstract, keywords, main text, annexes if existing, footnotes, references). Footnotes, not endnotes have to be used and should be automatic, not manually entered;

2) any additional material to be published along with the text (figures, tables, images, etc.), numbered (figure 1..., table 1..., picture 1...); background on formula, statistics, data sets etc. should be shortly explained in separate annexes.

Authors should submit together with the revised version of their article a short biographical note of not more than 250 words (educational/disciplinary background, past and present affiliation / positions, most important research fields and publications).

Authors will receive page proofs, which they should read carefully and return within seven days of receiving them. Corrections should by limited to the typographical errors only. If the corrected proof is not received in time, it will be read and corrected by the Issue Editor or it may be withdrawn from the issue with the possibility of publishing it in a future.


The journal published its articles both in print and open-access online (on the public section of the University of Khartoum’s file server). No fees apply. The author(s) may distribute their articles freely, but not resubmit it for publication elsewhere without written permission by the Editor-in-Chief.

The journal assumes no responsibility for the opinions expressed in the articles accepted for publications.


All correspondence should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief of the journal at the Faculty of Economic and Social Studies, University of Khartoum, Box 321, Post Code 11115, Khartoum, Sudan. Emails should be sent to