For Scholars: Submissions

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Journal of South Asian Religious History calls for original papers for inclusion in its 2015 issue. JSARH is the first scholarly journal devoted solely to the role of faith systems in the history of the subcontinent as part of a broader effort to increase understanding of Hinduism and its variants, Buddhism, South Asian Islam, Jainism, Sikhism, and other South Asian religious traditions as historical agents (with special emphasis on religion-and-politics) in South Asia, the Indian Ocean rim, and the wider world. Paper topics should focus on some aspect of one or more South Asian religious tradition as a force in subcontinental history. Emphasis should be on history rather than theology and/or religious practice. Topics of any historical era will be considered, with preference given to papers highlighting the religion-and-politics phenomenon, especially in the early modern or modern periods. JSARH will accept submissions throughout 2015.

Where to Send Your Article

JSARH accepts only electronic submissions. Please email your manuscript to editor [at] jsarh [dot] com, with "Submission" in the subject line. Be sure to provide your name, associated institution (if any), and a copy of your CV (attached). The manuscript itself should be attached (i.e. not copied-and-pasted in the body of the email) as either a Word document or in .rtf or .txt format.

All articles submitted to the Journal should include an abstract. The abstract must be no longer than 500 words and should be pasted into the body of the submission email.


All text (including quotations and footnotes) should be prepared in Chicago style and double-spaced. Times New Roman, font size 12.

Very important: please do not include your name on the manuscript itself beyond the title page. This helps ensure your anonymity during the blind peer-review process.


Your submission, including footnotes, should not be less than 8,000 words and should not exceed 15,000 words.


If your submission is accepted, the Journal strongly encourages illustrations to enhance your manuscript. The author will be responsible for obtaining permissions, paying for any permission, use, or processing fees associated with the illustrations. Illustrations should be submitted electronically as attachments as high-quality (i.e. 600+ dpi) .jpg files.

If your manuscript has previously been published it will not be accepted. If your manuscript is currently under consideration for publication elsewhere it will not be accepted.


Articles that are accepted become the property of the Institute of South Asian Religious History. ISARH allows authors the free use of their materials as long as an 18-month interval has elapsed between publication in JSARH and publication elsewhere.

The ISARH Symposium 2015: A Conference on South Asian Religious History, hosted by the History Department at Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah) on 3 April 2015, saw papers on the controversial 1947 referendum in "Pashtunistan," Shi'i education in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, and commentary on the Mahabharata.

In addition to the Journal of South Asian Religious History and ISARH's annual symposium, the Institute will initiate several other projects in accordance with its overarching goal of increasing understanding of the subcontinent's religious history. The largest of these projects, the Library of South Asian Religious History seeks to establish the largest collection of Indian-language material directly related to South Asian religious history in the Western Hemisphere, with an emphasis on books in Urdu, Hindi, Nepali, Tibetan, Persian, Pashto, Sindhi, Baluchi, Kashmiri, and Punjabi. Our books will mostly come from town and village publishers scattered across Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Nepal–thus making material available that would otherwise be virtually inaccessible to Western scholars unable to personally traverse the vast subcontinent. Scholars of all levels will be welcome to use our facilities, located conveniently in an academic retreat environment in the mountains of Utah. Comfortable on-site housing will allow researchers to stay as long as the research/writing requires. The library and academic retreat are scheduled for completion around August 2019.

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