The Journal of Interreligious Studies annually publishes an issue dedicated to papers delivered at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and Society for Biblical Literature. Presenters are encouraged to transpose their presentations into publishable manuscripts and submit them to the JIRS. In the comments to the editor, please note that the submission is for the AAR/SBL annual issue, and include the name of the program unit in which it was presented. 

The issue is intended to showcase papers within or related to the fields of interreligious studies, interreligious dialogue, comparative religion, and comparative theology, as well as interreligious hermeneutics, pedagogy, and community-based practices. Papers do not have to be placed explicitly within the field of interreligious studies, and they can concern any historical period and geographical context; but they should at least examine the interaction of two or more religious traditions (classically understood), or the interaction of a religious tradition and an aspect of secularity or culture.

All submissions will undergo a double-blind peer review; however, given that submissions are originally conference papers, concise, direct pieces are expected (though not required).

2022 AAR/SBL Deadline for Article Submission: February 15, 2023

You can explore all AAR program unit calls here. In the past, the JIRS has received submissions from the following program units, among others:

  • Interreligious and Interfaith Studies
  • Comparative Theology
  • Comparative Religious Ethics
  • Comparative Studies in Religion
  • Mysticism
  • Latina/o Religion, Culture, and Society
  • African Religions Unit

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email the editors.