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Publishing Islamic economics and finance research: polemics, perceptions and prospects

Syed Nazim Ali (Center for Islamic Economics and Finance, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar)
Bahnaz Ali AlQuradaghi (Center for Islamic Economics and Finance, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar)

International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management

ISSN: 1753-8394

Article publication date: 15 August 2019

Issue publication date: 21 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine the academic polemics, stakeholder perceptions and publishing prospects for Islamic economics and finance (IEF) research.

Design/methodology/approach

This study adopts both quantitative and qualitative methods with a view to understanding the aforementioned aspects of published IEF research. The main part of the study constitutes searching through selected databases to identify leading journals and publishing outlets for IEF research. To supplement and support the main part, the study also conducted a survey of IEF experts and interviewed major stakeholders with a view to understanding the current trends and future perspectives of IEF research. The study also attempts to bring to the fore less explored aspects of IEF research, which has the potential of shaping the future trends in both the academia and the industry.

Findings

Apart from challenges such as inadequate funding opportunities, differences in worldview, among others, the field is still in need of improvement in the quality of research despite the increasing interest in IEF research and the level of research output over the past three decades. The study also finds that IEF has yet to establish core IEF journals reporting the research findings, which creates a perception among IEF researchers that non-IEF journals have a greater academic standing than IEF journals.

Research limitations/implications

It must be highlighted that the study has been limited to specific well-known research databases; therefore, future studies may explore other leading databases such as Web of Science and examine the quality of IEF research published in journals indexed in such databases.

Practical implications

It is expected that mainstream journals in economics and finance will publish more of IEF research, which has been facilitated recently by the increasing trends of special issues of such journals dedicated to IEF research.

Originality/value

The study brings to the fore a less explored aspect of Islamic economics and finance, which has the potential of shaping future trends in both the academia and the industry.

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Citation

Ali, S.N. and AlQuradaghi, B.A. (2019), "Publishing Islamic economics and finance research: polemics, perceptions and prospects", International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 346-367. https://doi.org/10.1108/IMEFM-11-2017-0301

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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