Submission Guidelines

Guidelines for Submission of Articles to Muqarnas

Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World is a scholarly journal comprising articles on art, architectural history, and archaeology, as well as all aspects of Islamic visual and material cultures, historical and contemporary. Full-length articles are accompanied by shorter submissions grouped under a separate section titled “Notes and Sources,” for which we particularly welcome studies that introduce textual and visual primary sources.

Manuscripts should be submitted as e-mail attachments in Microsoft Word, along with low-resolution illustrations. In the accompanying email, authors are asked to provide institutional affiliation (if any), mailing address, telephone, and fax numbers. Submissions should also be accompanied by a full CV, giving academic status and a list of publications. If an article is accepted for publication, authors may be expected to make revisions based on the reader’s and editor’s reports and to submit higher-resolution images (minimum 300 dpi) at that time.

Send submissions to; a hard copy must also be mailed (Muqarnas Managing Editor, Sackler Building, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA). The deadline is March 1st for publication in November of the following calendar year. Articles that do not follow Muqarnas style will be returned to the author.

Muqarnas conforms to the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (henceforth CMS). Authors are required to use the diacritic-friendly Jaghbub, a font that can be downloaded free and is available for PC and Mac (

Submissions should be double-spaced throughout in 12-pt. typeface. Please do not justify the right margin. Use a five-character paragraph indent. Institutional affiliation and location should appear on the last text page.

Articles should be no more than 50 pages (not including endnotes) and have an upper limit of 30 illustrations (several images combined with Photoshop into a single digital image will count as one image). Although some exceptions may be made, in general more lengthy articles will be published in two or more parts appearing in successive volumes.

All articles are subject to review by the editor and an anonymous external reader, whose comments will be sent to the author only if the article is accepted for publication.


Illustrations should be labeled and accompanied by a double-spaced caption list indicating the preferred size of illustrations (i.e., full-, half-, quarter-page). Authors should provide specific directions if they want the images to be grouped in a particular manner. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain permissions to use copyrighted illustrations and to provide the appropriate credit-line information.

Illustrations should be submitted as digital images (color or b/w) in TIFF format, scanned at 300 dpi in a size that will fill at least a half page (about 4 x 6 inches). Please title each digital image with your name and the figure number.

Images not submitted in the format indicated above will not be accepted for publication.


Foreign Terms and Transliterations
Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their transliterations. Foreign terms and phrases must be italicized and their diacriticals included.

For the transliteration of Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish, Muqarnas uses the system of the International Journal of Middle East Studies. All transliterations must follow this system. Exceptions include place and personal names as well as Anglicized words that can be found in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (e.g., mihrab, madrasa, iwan, Abbasid, Muhammad); these should be treated as English words, that is, not italicized and without diacriticals.

In the main text, terms and titles of primary sources should be fully transliterated in italics, with English translation in parentheses—e.g., Shāhnāma (Book of Kings); khizāna (treasury). Aside from ʿayn and hamza, all diacritical marks are omitted for the names of persons and places (e.g., al-Maqrizi, ʿAbd al-Rahman, Fustat, San'a, Shāhnāma). However, personal names and titles of publications should be fully transliterated in the notes.


Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all citations in the endnotes. Like the text, endnotes should be double-spaced.

The endnotes should accord with CMS style. Please refer to previous Muqarnas volumes if CMS is not at hand. “Ibid.” should be used for uninterrupted, successive references to the same work. When referring to a previously cited work that does not follow without interruption, use the author’s name and a shortened title, not the date of publication of the work. Do not use “op. cit.” Names and titles in non-Roman alphabets (Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek, etc.) must be transliterated. Titles in Roman alphabets should be capitalized as they would be in the book’s language.

As stated above, Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish authors’ names and titles must be fully transliterated when cited in the endnotes.

Publishers may be included or omitted in the endnotes, but be consistent throughout.

Do not use initials for first names—unless of course the author identifies himself or herself in that way: K.A.C. Creswell, R.D. McChesney. Use the full title in the first citation of a work.


For more details and further examples, please download the style sheet, or contact

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Mailing Address 
Managing Editor, Muqarnas
Sackler Building
485 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone: 617-495-3774
Fax: 617-496-8389