Today the possibilities for a journal of Islamic studies are almost limitless. The early journals of Islamic studies reflected the interests of scholars of the time. But Islamic studies, its place in the world and the dissemination of information have changed considerably. Dedicated to the study of Islam and its multifaceted expression, DIRASAT is aimed at providing a platform for scholars and students of Islam to discuss, share, and exchange ideas and research outputs. Thus, the contributors are mainly though not exclusively lecturers and researchers at the Sekolah Tinggi Agama Islam (STAI) Indonesia Jakarta. DIRASAT Journal is open access which challenges the old subscription-based model. Visitors can download and distribute articles without restrictions, translate them into other languages, or import articles into books, provided acknowledgment is made to give the author proper credit. Our editorial board not only reflects the multidisciplinary and institutional diversity but also represent a crucial part of our peer review process. As academic editors they, along with a senior editor of the journal, take research papers through the peer review process in a way that we believe provides the most constructive and fair review. We are delighted that members of our editorial board have also shown their support for our journal by submitting papers to us, even before we launched. We have decided not to be part of the cycle of dependency that has formed between journals and the authors, an author that focuses overwhelmingly on promotion, thus sidelining many of the important social problems. Many journals have allowed their interests to become aligned with those of the ‘hungry authors’ by publishing based on ability to pay. We will aim to have the highest levels of transparency in our published papers. Our editorial doors (or at least our E-mail boxes) are always open. Readers and contributors are free to send their feedback to the Journal.