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Sociology of Islam Journal Editorial Board and International Advisory Board Invitation

Dear all,

We have been publishing Sociology of Islam Journal since 2013, published by Brill. As you all know, we also have Sociology of Islam and Muslim Societies Academic Network which has more than 3700 academic subscribers from 460 universities and 73 different countries. All of our subscribers are academics. We removed non-academics from the network in 2016.

Please see our issues at the following homepage:

So far, we have published 6 volumes. This year, we are updating our editorial and international advisory board.

If you would like to serve as a member of associate editor or a member of international advisory board, please email me your current CV.

An associate member will review 2 or 3 articles per year or will find reviewers for the articles.

An international Advisory board member will review one article per year.

If you are interested in becoming a part of our team, please let us know by January 21st.

Best to all,

Tugrul Keskin


Director of Center for the Global Governance

Shanghai University



  • Rethinking China-Middle East Relations in the Age of Neoliberalism with Mojtaba Mahdavi (Brill 2019)

Recent Books:

·         Middle East Studies after September 11 Neo-Orientalism, American Hegemony and Academia. Brill, 2018.

·         U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: From American Missionaries to the Islamic State. Routledge, 2018.

Editor of Sociology of Islam Journal (Brill)

Region Editor of Critical Sociology (Middle East and North Africa)


Dear all,
I would like to draw attention to the intensive training program for the study of contemporary religion  I am organizing between 25th Feb to 1st of March.
It is a great program designed for masters and PhD students investigating aspects of contemporary religion.
I would be happy if you could circulate among your networks.
Thank you!
All the best,




Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society, University of Kent

25th of February to the 1st of March



This training programme is available for doctoral students registered at any higher education institution in the UK/EU and abroad. It is based on previous training developed by the Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society, funded by the AHRC, which led to the development of the Religion Methods website, and aims to provide students with a core training in fieldwork approaches to the study of religion.


Topics covered by the training will include:


–       Conceptualising religion for research

–       Key elements and processes of research design

–       The role of theory in social research

–       The politics and ethics of research

–       Rigour and validity in research

–       Using quantitative data-sets for research on religion

–       Ethnographic approaches in theory and practice

–       Developing research interviews

–       Applying Gender and Sexuality perspectives in the study of religion

–       Comparative sociological methods

–       Historical methods in the study of religion

–       Writing journal articles and Book proposals


To attend this training programme, students not registered at the University of Kent will be required to pay a £100 registration fee, which would cover attendance at all sessions and the costs of training materials. Delegates would need to make their own arrangements for accommodation, and there is a wide selection of affordable B&B provision in the Canterbury area. For those planning to commute on a daily basis, Canterbury is now less than an hour from London St Pancras on the high speed train link.


Space on the programme is limited and the deadline to register your interest to attend this programme is Tuesday 25 of January . To register your interest, please email Manoela Carpenedo ( with a short statement outlining the university at which you are currently registered, the focus and method of your doctoral project and the stage of the project you are currently at.



Manoela Carpenedo

Lecturer in Religious Studies
School of European Cultures and Languages
University of Kent

Making Islam Work in the Netherlands’

Final conference ‘Making Islam Work in the Netherlands’

24th of January 2019, VU, Amsterdam


To conclude the NWO research project (Making Islam work in the Netherlands), a panel discussion will be held on Thursday 24 January 2019 in Amsterdam (VU University Amsterdam)
on the theme of ‘the future of Islamic authority’.


The main aim of the research project was to sketch a picture and provide more insight into how Islam takes shape in the Netherlands in everyday situations. The first part of the research has looked at how ‘ordinary’ believers, or people who do not professionally deal with religion, try to live according to the spirit of their faith and encounter dilemmas in everyday situations. Central questions were: to what or to whom does someone refer, which (innovative) solutions come to light and how are decisions being substantiated or changed in order to bring religious rules and regulations into line with life and functioning in Dutch society.


The second part of the research has mapped the process of how ‘ordinary’ Muslims in the Netherlands settle their personal and family disputes through the cooperation of a third party. More specifically, we looked at the informal processes of dispute resolution, such as mediation, reconciliation and advice, facilitated by imams of local mosques and larger Islamic centres, especially among Dutch-Moroccan Muslims.


In the morning session (in Dutch), the social relevance of the research findings will be discussed in interactive panel discussions. For this we invite various ‘social parties’, including politicians, policy makers, imams and other religious authorities, lawyers, social workers, and police.


In the afternoon session (in English) we discuss the scientific implications of the research. Two renowned speakers will give a keynote: prof. dr. Masooda Bano (Oxford University) and prof. dr. Johan Fischer (Roskilde University, Denmark).


Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019

Time: 8:45 am (walk-in) – 9:15 (start of the program) – 12:30 (lunch)

Location: VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam (room Agora 2 on the third floor of the main building of the VU).

Further information about the program: prof. dr. Thijl Sunier (; Arshad Muradin(; Heleen van der Linden (

Chinese Overseas and China: Through A Global Lens

Call for Papers


International Conference of ISSCO X


Chinese Overseas and China: Through A Global Lens



Organizers: organized by the School of International Studies and Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China and the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas (ISSCO)


Dates:                                 8-11 November, 2019

                                            Arrival Date:                      8 November 2019

                                            Conference: 9-10 November 2019

                                            Fieldtrip:       11 November 2019  (qiaoxiang)

Languages:  Chinese   English

Venue:            Jinan University, Guangzhou



As we move deeper into the 21st century, we are witnessing an intensification of various global flows impacting on a changing socio-economic, socio-political, and socio-cultural landscape. Existing communities have been reconfigured and new communities have arisen as a result of these global flows intersecting and inter-relating in variable ways. From territorial-based to virtual communities, at the local and global levels, communities have become more diverse.


Historically, the Chinese overseas have maintained different kinds of identity, affinity, and relationship with China, as an actual or imagined ancestral homeland.  The sentiments and relationships of this group of people with China vary from place to place and change over time, depending on the politics of the respective host countries, China’s position in the world-system, and China’s policies towards ethnic Chinese abroad. In the 21st century, with China’s rise to a position of power on the global stage, a different set of opportunities and challenges for the Chinese overseas has also emerged. The opportunities and challenges are intertwined with mixed feelings about China’s role on the global stage (whether a powerful ally or competitive foe), robust or weak connections to China as an ancestral homeland, and personal life and economic strategies, among other forces. Irrespective of their actual relationships with or sentiments about China, however, the Chinese overseas are implicated in all things related to China.


The ISCCO X Conference theme “Chinese Overseas and China: Through A Global Lens” welcomes multidisciplinary scholarship on Chinese Overseas and China that will shed light on various issues including migration, identity and cultural formation, social, economic and political interaction.


Proposed topics include, but are not limited to the following:

·         Chinese diaspora identities and China

·         Transnational, circulatory, and talent migration

·         New and old Chinese diaspora communities and the nation-state

·         Chinese overseas entrepreneurship and China

·         Gender, marriage, and kinship

·         Religion and spirituality

·         Chinese overseas cultural activities and China

·         Histories and personalities



·         Individuals are welcome to organize and propose their own panels. Each panel cannot exceed four panelists. The abstract proposal for a panel should be within 500 words and include a list of the participants (title, affiliation, and role in the panel).

·         Individuals are also encouraged to submit their own abstract proposals. Individual abstracts should be within 300 words.

·         Please submit all abstracts (word/pdf named as ISSCO2019_Your last and first names) to and

·         To submit your abstract, please download the form from the following website:   OR



Important Deadlines

Deadline for submitting abstract: 15 March 2019

Notification of selected abstracts: 10 May 2019

Deadline for submitting full paper: 16 September 2019


Further Details

·         English and Chinese will be the main languages used during the conference.

·         There will be no registration fee, but all conference participants will pay for their own transportation and accommodation.

·         On the last day of the conference (11 November 2019), there will be a self-paid excursion to a Chinese overseas village (qiaoxiang) in Guangdong Province.

·         Information on hotels in Guangzhou will be provided in May.



Contact person: Ms. XU Hanpeng          

Tel. (+86) 15626210541 (mobile);   email:




Approaching esotericism and mysticism: Cultural influences 5-7 June 2019 in Åbo/Turku, Finland



Call for Papers

The Donner Institute will arrange a symposium 5–7 June 2019 in Åbo/Turku, Finland

Approaching esotericism and mysticism: Cultural influences

Conference website:

Hashtag: #esomyst2019

Facebook event:

This multidisciplinary conference approaches the traditions of Western esotericism and mysticism from a cultural-historical perspective. The aim is to analyse the diverse influences of esoteric ideas and practices and the various forms of mysticism in their cultural-historical surroundings. We promote approaches that focus on individuals, groups and networks, and various archival source materials, but we also welcome papers dealing with esoteric or mystical textual traditions.

The conference will consist of keynote lectures and sessions that can be either traditional paper sessions or roundtable talks, panels and/or artistic performances. The social program of the conference will consist of e.g. esoteric and occult walking tours in Turku and artistic performances (plans for an event together with Art Teatro Circus -group). An excursion to the exhibition on Finnish art and clairvoyance at the Gallen-Kallela Museum (Espoo/Esbo, 11.5.–8.9.2019) is also being planned. The exhibition is part of the research project Seekers of the New and is curated by Nina Kokkinen.

Keynote speakers:

–          Per Faxneld, senior lecturer/associate professor at Södertörn University, Stockholm

–          Christine Ferguson, professor in English Literature at the University of Stirling

–          Olav Hammer, professor in the Department of History, Study of Religions at The University of Southern Denmark

–          Maarit Leskelä-Kärki (PhD, Adjunct Professor), University Lecturer at the Department of Cultural History at the University of Turku

The expert symposium is arranged jointly by the Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural history and the research project Seekers of the New: Esotericism and the transformation of religiosity in the modernising Finland at the University of Turku. The project is funded by the Kone Foundation.

To apply, please send an abstract (or panel proposal with abstracts) of approximately 150 words to the Donner Institute,, no later than 31 December 2018. Letters of acceptance will be posted no later than 31 January, 2019.

On behalf of the organizing committee,

Björn Dahla

The Donner Institute

New Book: Political Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in a Global Context

Dear all,

I am pleased to announce that Prof Tahir Abbas and I have a new edited volume that has just been published by Syracuse University Press. InPolitical Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in a Global Context,we share new international perspectives on Muslim young people, presenting them as agents of creative social change and as active participants in cultural and community organizations where resistance leads to negotiated change.  In a series of case studies that cross the globe, contributors capture the experiences of being young and Muslim in ten countries; America, Canada, Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, and Indonesia. They examine urban youth from various socioeconomic backgrounds, addressing issues that range from hybrid identities and student activism to the strategic use of music and social media. With diverse disciplinary and methodological approaches, Political Muslims provides readers with a nuanced understanding of the everyday social, economic, and political realities of young people.


“Muslim youth, like Muslims in general and Islam itself, resist narrow stereotypes and incendiary shibboleths. In Political Muslimsboth Islamism and Islamic radicalization are addressed, but so are music, sports and education. Indeed, no topic, no problem and no prejudice is omitted from this comprehensive, insightful and timely volume. Highly recommended for all categories of academics but also for all engaged in the new global politics marked by religious and cultural identities.”

–Bruce B. Lawrence, Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies, Duke University

“Political Muslims represents a significant work insofar as it provides an important and valuable alternative portrait of socially and politically engaged Muslim youth mobilizing their religious identity and particular interpretations of religion in ways that allow them to pursue political agendas.”

–Peter Mandaville, professor of international affairs, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University


Intended readership:

Will be of interest to scholars and researchers in the fields of Islamic Studies, Political Science, Sociology of Religion, Youth Studies and Ethnic Minority Studies.


      About the Editors:

Tahir Abbas is currently Assistant Professor at the Institute Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University in The Hague. His most recent book is Contemporary Turkey in Conflict: Ethnicity, Islam, and Politics(Edinburgh University Press, 2016). Sadek Hamid is author of Sufis, Salafis, and Islamists: The Contested Ground of British Islamic Activism. (I.B Tauris, 2017) and co-author of British Muslims: New Directions in Islamic Thought, Creativity & Activism (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

Please do consider ordering it for your university libraries- it is available on Syracuse University Press website:

And on Amazon:

Best wishes


CFP Future insurgency and arrival. Thinking place-making (RC 21)


Future insurgency and arrival. Thinking place-making across divides

Panel P10 at the RC21 Delhi Conference: in and beyond the city (09/2019)

Panel abstract

In cities around the globe, north and south, disparities between city dwellers continue to grow. We are thus bound to witness a rise of new forms of insurgent citizenship (Holston 2008) claimed by long-term residents as well as by newcomers. Dynamic rather than static relationships link cities and their dwellers. Furthermore, cities as places of arrival are not neutral sites which people enter. Cities are emergent socio-technical materialities, forged out of the fragile permanence of the built environment and the narrative genealogies of perception and interpretation.

In this panel, we wish to explore the manifold relations between the arrival of newcomers (Meeus/Arnaut/van Heur 2018), place-making practices (of old and new city dwellers) and the concept of insurgent citizenship. We welcome contributions that engage with the cross-fertilisations offered by this dynamic trilogy. Papers should explore how place-making and insurgent forms of citizenship evolve in different arrival contexts or how places are socially and socio-materially produced to realise arrival or new forms of insurgent citizenship. Keeping in mind the entanglements of the urban past with its present and emergent futures, we want to conceptually discuss the interconnections between arrival as place-making, insurgence as arrival, and place-making as insurgence.

By engaging in the above-outlined conjunction of three insufficiently linked discussions, we hope to overcome the dualism of old and new residents in framing and conceptualising urban social dynamics. This panel invites papers that approach the outlined issues in different contexts of arrival and by focussing on different aspects constraining and facilitating place-making and practices of insurgent citizenship.

Panel organisers (alphabetically)

Dr. Tilmann Heil (KU Leuven, Belgium) |
Dr. Fran Meissner (TU Delft, Netherlands) |
Dr. Monika Palmberger (University of Vienna, Austria) |


Practical Information

Conference website:
Date and place: 18-21 September 2019, Delhi, India
Submission Deadline: 20 January 2019
Information on abstract submission:

Please submit your abstract to the panel organisers and!

Announcing 2019 South Asian Studies Fellowships

2019 South Asian Studies Fellowships at Cornell University

 Cornell University’s South Asia Program (SAP) welcomes applications from scholars, writers, curators, and artists based in South Asia (only Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka) to visit Cornell University for a fellowship period of between two and four months to undertake research, artistic productions, and/or collaborations related to South Asian Studies. Fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with Cornell faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students, and to involve themselves in South Asia Program activities. SAP has hosted two cohorts of fellows, in 2017 and 2018.

The South Asia Program will award two fellowships for residence at Cornell University between August and December 2019. Each Fellow will receive $6,000 and the necessary documents for J-1 visa application purposes. SAP cannot guarantee success in obtaining a visa, as this is issued by the US government. All travel, housing, health insurance, and visa fees are the responsibility of the Fellow. SAP can assist with securing housing on campus, subject to availability.

Cornell University’s South Asia Program is an interdisciplinary hub for Cornell students, faculty, staff, community members, and academic visitors. It has over 40 affiliated faculty from across Cornell’s colleges and professional schools, ranging from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to law, business, and public policy. The U. S. Department of Education has designated SAP as one of eight Title VI National Resource Centers for South Asia.


  • Applicants must be resident in South Asia at the time of the fellowship to be eligible.
  • These fellowships cannot to be used for dissertation or master’s degree research.
  • Applicants who have undertaken studies, fellowships or employment in North America in recent years (since 2014) are not eligible.
  • Citizens of South Asian countries living outside of South Asia are not eligible.

Applications must be submitted online by the 14 January 2019 deadline via The application link is at the bottom of the menu on the right, under “External Grants.”

Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary faculty committee. Decisions will be made based on the quality of the proposed project, the demonstrated capability of the applicant to complete the project, and the project’s fit with Cornell faculty specializations and other university resources (such as the library, curatorial and performance opportunities, etc.).

Applications must include:
1.      All information in the online form, including highest degree received.
2.      A two-page CV including institutional affiliation, educational qualifications, and key publications/works produced.
3.      A two-page narrative explaining the work to be undertaken during the fellowship period, proposed dates for the fellowship, its relevance to your scholarly/artistic development, and which Cornell faculty and resources you would like to engage with.
4.      Email addresses of two recommenders. They will automatically receive an email with instructions for their letters of reference, which are due by 21 January 2019.

Please direct any questions to

Approaching Religion (Vol. 8/2) published: Transformations of Identity and Space in the Middle East and North Africa

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to announce the publication of Vol. 8/2 of our journal Approaching Religion, which has been produced as a co-operation between the Donner Institute and the Finnish Institute in the Middle East.

Theme: Transformations of Identity and Space in the Middle East and North Africa
Guest editors: Docent Raija Mattila

You find the journal open access at

AR is an open access journal published by the Donner Institute. Its purpose is to publish current research on religion and culture and to offer a platform for scholarly co-operation and debate within these fields. The articles have been selected on the basis of peer-review.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,

Ruth Illman
Editor of Approaching Religion