Avicenna – The Stanford Journal on Muslim Affairs is a student-run journal founded in 2011 at Stanford University. As a non-sectarian, independent publication, Avicenna exists to portray Muslims not as silent objects but as knowing subjects, from the inside rather than the outside. Published in print and online, it aims to maintain a brave and academic agora where members of diverse communities, from different cultures, beliefs and ethnicities, can critically examine issues related to the Muslim world.


2011 marked a turbulent time for the Muslim world. Multiple civil movements turned into groundbreaking revolutions, including the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia, the Egyptian Revolution, and protests in Libya, Syria, Yemen, and several other Muslim-majority countries.

It was during this revolutionary time that two Stanford sophomores, Sahar Khan and Irteza Binte-Farid, decided to come up with a publication in order to fill a crucial void at one of the most distinguished educational institutions in the world. They wanted to create an intellectual space at Stanford to discuss and explore issues pertaining to the Muslim peoples—a massive group constituting one fourth of the entire world population.

They believed that Stanford, abounding with diverse communities and scholars, needed to play a part in this awakening by bringing together its eclectic voices to create sophisticated dialogue around civilized Islam and its adherents. Out of these endeavors was born Avicenna – The Stanford Journal on Muslim Affairs.

Today, after six years, Avicenna continues to fill this void on our campus and aims to extend to other campuses and communities to carry on this mission.

In our contemporary world where Muslims are often depicted as two-dimensional caricatures without their own voice, our journal is here to follow the Persian polymath Avicenna’s ethos of diligent and sincere pursuit of knowledge, and to go beyond stereotypes to uncover the countless dimensions forming the foundations of Muslim cultures and traditions.