The University of Chitral achieves a milestone in the field of research by publishing its first-peer-reviewed research journal with the title of “TheJournal of Religious Studies” in which fifty-five renowned Academicians, professors and research scholars from Pakistan, England, Netherlands, Malaysia, and Jordan have contributed their research findings. According to the Project Director of the University of Chitral Prof. Dr. Badshah Munir Bukhari the fundamental aim of the Journal is to promote interfaith harmony, nourish contemporary awareness in religious studies to counter the stereotyped thinking process, and to create an independent, fair and conducive atmosphere for fruitful discussion on contemporary religio-academic issues, says the press release issued by thePRO of the University. It is foreseen that the Journal of Religious Studies will enrich the practical, social, economic and moral consciousness and impart a lesson of religious tolerance to humanity, so a peaceful global society based on pluralism and harmonious co-existence is promoted, the press release maintains.

Dr. Zia ul Haq, the editor of the Journal confirmed that the publication of the journal is being greatly acknowledged in national and international academic circles. He added that the research papers have been selected purely on merit basis and assistance for the selection was sought from distinguished national and international academicians. The published articles not only contain scholarly, creative and technical features but also represent the current situation and happenings apart from fulfilling the needs of contemporary society. According to the Press Release the editorial management received scores of research papers from national and international Universities as soon as the approval for publication of the Journal went through but only twenty-eightresearch papers were selected for the first two issues of the journal aftereditorial consultation and careful scrutiny in accordance with theset-standards of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan followed by blind-peerreview and plagiarism checking process through the latest version of Turnitinsoftware. Since the Journal of Religious Studies is an open access source, theresearch papers have been uploaded on the Journal Website i.e. https://jrs.uoch.edu.pk/index.php/journal3for the sole purpose of common utility. The research papers can be downloaded freeof cost.

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