Aims and scope

This journal has been conceived as an interdisciplinary forum for evaluating the contemporary contributions of Indic religions and Dharma traditions within the context of a new and dynamic setting that acknowledges globalization and global flows of thought. The purpose is to create an intellectual space for the revitalization of discourses and conceptual categories specific to Dharma traditions, examining the re-emergence, reformulations, and engagement of these traditions within the Western cultural and theoretical context. In addition, the journal encourages the formation of a new literary and artistic space through the publication of poetry, works of fiction and art commentary.


International Journal of Dharma Studies 

·         investigates, presents, interprets, and envisions the shared and distinct categories of the life-worlds of the Indic Religions globally,

·         in a multidisciplinary format with articles from religious studies, philosophy, ethics, cultural studies, musicology, film, contemporary issues, sociology, anthropology, and the arts,

·         within a structure that maintains the rigor of conventional academic discourse, but adds methodological contextualization and investigative, epistemic, hermeneutical and evaluative perspectives from these religious and cultural traditions

·         in conversation with the world’s religions and the concerns of our time.


The aims of the journal are to:

·         Create an intellectual space for the revitalization of discourses and conceptual categories specific to Dharma traditions.

·         Study them in a comparative mode in order to discover their historical and current commonalities and divergences; examine and cultivate the dialogical relations between Dharma traditions and other world spiritual traditions.

·         Examine the re-emergence, reformulations, and engagement of these Dharma traditions with and within the Western cultural and theoretical context.

·         Provide a forum for topics rarely covered in discourses on most of these traditions such as, for example, philosophy of science; practical theology; philosophy of ritual and art; applied ethics (ethics for contemporary issues), and so forth.

·         Discuss emerging methodologies in the study of the Dharma traditions including, but not limited to the hermeneutics of music, religious space and architecture; new technologies and styles of transmission of religious culture; Dharma and psychology; Dharma and medicine; contemporary cinematic and dramatic arts related directly to the Dharma traditions.

·         Research into overlapping areas of ordinance and observance using both theoretical lenses normative to international standards in the study of religion and related fields in the humanities and social sciences, as well as modes of interpretation innate to the Dharma traditions and those interpretative methods specifically geared towards an in-depth understanding of the specific texts, contexts, and life-worlds that form the moorings of these traditions.

·         Advance reconstructive and practical theology—both in terms of principles and praxis—within these traditions.

·         Examine the politics of knowledge and a comparative cultural theory as it arises at the intersections between contemporary Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain experience, and the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences.

·         Promote enquiry into, and critical reflection upon the cultural, philosophical, religious, historical and political developments within these traditions.

·         Encourage the formation of a new literary and artistic space based on the contemporary practice and experience of these traditions through the publication of poetry, works of fiction and art commentary.

·         Define a new cultural and intellectual space that is being generated within the new formations developing through the encounter between the Dharma Traditions and Western thought, with special reference to the emerging Diasporas in the West and globally.

·         Engender contemporary responses from Dharma Scholarship to new developments in the fields of science, technology, environment, economics, ecology, gender relations, globalization, and social issues.


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Citing articles in International Journal of Dharma Studies

Articles in International Journal of Dharma Studies  should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Int J Dharma Stud [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Int J Dharma Stud 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

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