Focus and Scope

AL-A'RAF: Jurnal Pemikiran Islam dan Filsafat is highly dedicated as a public space to explore and socialise academic ideas and research findings from the researchers, academics, and practitioners who are concerned with developing and promoting the values of religious moderation and tolerance, with the following but not limited to these specific issues;

  • Qur’an and Hadith Studies, including practice or daily life of Qur’anic or Hadith practised by the Muslim community,
  • Islam and Culture: relation of Islam and local culture, the practices of Islamic teaching in the Muslim community, religious harmony and policy about the religious relation in certain communities or countries
  • Islam and Politic: Islamic radicalism, Islamic activism/movement (Islamism), state and religion relation, and the dynamic of Islamic political party
  • Islamic Philosophy: the Muslim philosophers’ thought which is contextualised with the current Muslim community life


Peer Review Process

All submitted manuscripts have not been published before or submitted to other journals. All received manuscripts undergo double-blind reviews as follows:

1.     Scope screening. AL-A'RAF editor-in-chief would check for the article’s possible plagiarism, using Turnitin software, under setting up of non-repository and non-bibliography form. If the article has more than 30% similarity, the manuscript will not be considered for the next screening. The editor would also screen all submitted manuscripts for their conformity to AL-A'RAF focus and scope.

2.     Initial screeningThe editor-in-chief would assign manuscripts that pass initial screening to section editors. Assistant editors help the managing editor to handle technical editing reviews, such as grammatical errors, citing, and paraphrasing. In contrast, the principal section editor selects a principal editorial board to initiate a blind review process of the manuscript.

3.     Content Review. A blind reviewer would critically evaluate the content of the manuscript, including the title, abstract, introduction, research question, thesis argument, method of data gathering and analysis, and discussion, and openly suggest related references that may enrich the discussion of the manuscript.

4.     Expert Review. Another blind reviewer would examine the discussion of the manuscript and help to put the discussion in the global context of either Islamic or Muslim community discourse.

5.     Revise the Manuscript. The author must make revisions based on reviewer comments (content and technical error) within two to four weeks. The section editor once again will assess whether the revised version is appropriate. If it is inadequate, the section editor will advise the author to revise it again.

6.     Final decision. The revised manuscript is either accepted or rejected; if the author(s) cannot make the required changes, the manuscript will be rejected.

7.     GalleyThe manuscript is handed over to the journal's layout; then returned to the author for proofreading and final approval.

8.     PublishedThe final version of the manuscript will be published in the latest issue of AL-A'RAF


Publication Frequency

AL-A'RAF: Jurnal Pemikiran Islam dan Filsafat is published bi-annually (January-June, July-December)


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

This journal system and its contents licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License


Faculty of Ushuluddin and Dakwah, Universitas Islam Negeri Raden Mas Said Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia.

Journal History

This journal was published for the first time in 2004 by STAIN Surakarta (before its transformation into UIN Raden Mas Said Surakarta). Until 2015 (ISSN: 1693-9867), Al-A’raf: Jurnal Pemikiran Islam dan Filsafat was a fully printed version. While starting in 2016, this journal was published in two versions: printing and fully open using Open Journal System (OJS).