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Call for Papers: Muslim Integration in Britain 2015

SOAS-Nohoudh Muslim Integration Conference 2015
Convenor: Professor M.A.S. Abdel Haleem
5 — 6 November 2015  |    Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Deadline for abstracts: 1 April 2015

Britain is a net host country for global migration. This has resulted in great diversity in the languages, faiths, traditions, cultural practices and identities that are represented in the multicultural fabric of British society. Current debate surrounding the issue of integration and the challenges that it presents has brought to the fore the need to re-examine the question of what constitutes an integrated and successful multicultural society.

SOAS is delighted to announce this new annual conference series on ‘Muslim Integration in Britain’, a collaboration between the Centre of Islamic Studies at SOAS and the Nohoudh Endowment for Development Studies. The Centre of Islamic Studies is an integral part of the School of Oriental and African Studies, and aims to promote scholarship and research in all areas of Islamic Studies. In addition to regular teaching and research, Centre activities include lectures and seminars, conferences, and occasional publications. The Nohoudh Endowment for Development Studies is an independent international trust, registered in the state of Kuwait, which seeks to engage with global issues facing Muslim cultures and societies. Nohoudh supports intellectual reform within Islamic thought via graduate study grants, international knowledge transfer partnerships and institutional links. This conference series has been funded by the generosity of Nohoudh.

The inaugural Muslim Integration in Britain Conference will commence with two crucial questions: what is integration?, and what is meant by Muslim integration in Britain? To this end, it aims to provide a forum for multidisciplinary research into the major issues at stake. Areas of discussion will include the historical context; integration and alienation; the role of national and international politics (civil and human rights, radicalisation and Islamophobia etc.) in the shaping of orientation and dis-orientation; normativity and diversity within the British Muslim community; and the framing of Muslim identities in Britain.

The deadline for abstracts is 1 April 2015. Abstracts of up to 500 words and a short bio (of up to 200 words) should be submitted in MS Word format by email attachment to .  All applicants will be notified of the status of their proposals by 1 June 2015.

Presentations of papers should be 20 minutes long (full papers should not exceed 8,000 words and should be submitted, in full, prior to the Conference by the 1st of October), and will be followed by 5 minutes for questions.