The journal’s time span, from ca. 700 – ca. 1250 C.E., is demarcated by the formative period of early Islam on the one end and the invasion of the Mongols on the other. Coverage of the Fatimid Caliphate and al-Andalus, for instance, is restricted to their relations with the Abbasids.
JAS brings scholars together who work on the classical Islamic world and who are active in different disciplines which only rarely “talk” to one another — in this way the Journal hopes to achieve a holistic contemplation of the Abbasid era. JAS is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research and review articles in English as well as Arabic editions with English translations of short texts.