January 2011

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Call for Proposals

This Group invites submissions on all subjects relating to Islam in the contemporary world. We are particularly interested in papers relevant to the following topics:

  • Islam in the Mediterranean region, especially as it relates to pilgrimage, material culture, and Eastern Christian–Muslim relations in the Mediterranean (for a possible cosponsored session with the Middle Eastern Christianity Consultation)
  • Islamophobia in an interdisciplinary perspective
  • The tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001
  • The works of Mohammed Arkoun and Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid, particularly as they relate to rethinking the field of Islamic studies
  • Islam and violence/peace building
  • Islamic finance, focusing on moral economy, social and economic justice, etc.
  • Islam in contemporary popular culture — music, film, literature, graphic novels, etc.
  • Intersections between Sufism and feminism
  • A critical appraisal of liberalism as an analytical category for understanding contemporary Islamic thought on such issues as rationalism, freedom, religious pluralism, and gender equality (for a possible cosponsored session with the Liberal Theologies Consultation)


The mission of this Group is to provide a venue for discussing emerging issues and developments within Muslim societies and Islamic studies, particularly from the late twentieth to the early twenty-first centuries.

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to Chairs and Steering Committee Members until after final acceptance or rejection.


Anna Bigelow
North Carolina State University
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Kambiz GhaneaBassiri
Reed College
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Method of Submission


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