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A New Issue of Sociology of Islam Journal: Volume 7 (2019): Issue 1 (Mar 2019)

Sociology of Islam Journal: Volume 7 (2019): Issue 1 (Mar 2019)

https://brill.com/abstract/journals/soi/7/1/soi.7.issue-1.xml

 

·  Outside of the Law: Khomeini’s Legacy of Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in the Islamic Republic

By: Alexander Nachman

 

Reevaluating Sectarianism in Light of Sufi Islam

The Case-Studies of the Naqshbandiyya and Qadiriyya in Syria and Iraq

By: Elisheva Machlis

 

Beyond the Enigma of the Veil: Representation of Women’s Status in Post-revolutionary Iran by Iranian–American Memoirs 

By: Zeinab Ghasemi and Seyed Mohammad Marandi

 

Competing Frames of the Gülen Movement

The Case of Malaysia 

By: Saleena Saleem and Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman

Event for posting

“Theory and Practice in Amish Research”

Friday, August 2, 2019

Millersburg, Holmes County, OH

Conference hosted by the Amish & Plain Anabaptist Studies Association

 

Proposals are due by Friday, April 5; registration will follow.

 

For more details, see: www.amishstudies.org

 

The ongoing growth of the plain people—the Amish, Mennonites, Hutterites, German Baptists, Apostolic Christians, and others—means that more and more people are encountering these subcultures in the public sphere. For this reason, those who specifically study or work with the plain people—including health practitioners, public servants, and social researchers—must continue advancing our bodies of knowledge and best practices through critical evaluation of old paradigms and introduction of new concepts. The goal of this conference is to discuss advances in theory—the conceptual understanding of the plain people—and practice—the hands-on experiences of practitioners working with the plain people. We will also explore the connection between the two, how the lessons of one can be used by the other. For the convenience of attendees, the bi-annual Amish Health Conference of the Center for Appalachia Research in Cancer Education (CARE) will be held back-to-back, on Thursday, August 1, with this conference.

 

Call for manuscripts RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Call for Manuscripts

ANUAL REVIEW OF THE SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION
Volume 12 (Forthcoming 2021)

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: SOCIAL-SCIENTIFIC APPROACES
Edited by
Olga Breskaya (University of Padova, Italy), Roger Finke (Pennsylvania
State University, USA) and Giuseppe Giordan (University of Padova,
Italy).

Over the past three decades, issues related to religious freedom have increasingly come to the fore. The European Court of Human Rights ruled the landmark case on religious freedom in 1993, the U.S. passed the International Religious Freedom Act in 1998, and the King of Morocco hosted a major international conference in 2016 on promoting the rights of religious minorities in Muslim majority countries. Religion and state relations, with a focus on religious freedoms, has now become a growing interdisciplinary area of study. The Religion and State project has produced three waves of data and many other international initiatives put religious freedom at the center of their studies. Scholars in political science, international relations, and judicial studies have all contributed theoretical discussions, case studies and extensive empirical analysis. Sociologists have contributed too, but they have far more to offer.
The multidimensionality of religious freedom and its rootedness in historical, socio-legal and socio-political contexts, make it an area where sociology can make significant contributions. The social and religious dynamics related to migration, the societal restrictions placed on religious freedoms, the interaction between religious social movements and religious freedoms, and the increasing visibility of religion in global politics are a few of the areas where sociology’s well-established theoretical discourse and analytical tools can complement and challenge other disciplines. We invite the authors of this volume to contribute theoretical perspectives, sociological concepts and empirical analyses that highlight the development of religious freedom as an area of study in the social sciences. Listed below are a few of the many additional areas authors might address.

1.      Theories of religious freedom in social sciences
2.      Religious freedom and pluralism
3.      Religious freedom, spirituality, and interfaith dialogue
4.      Religious freedom and secularism
5.      Cross-national studies on religious freedom
6.      Sociology of human rights and religious freedom
7.      Religious freedom and social conflicts
8.      Religious freedom and socio-economic development

Please send proposals (400 words) and a brief bio to Olga Breskaya
(olga.breskaya@phd.unipd.it
Submission of proposals: June 30, 2019
Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2019
Completed manuscripts (7,000 words): April 30, 2020

Call for Book Proposals: Anthropology of Religion series with Palgrave MacMillan Press

Hello everyone,

Contemporary Anthropology of Religion is the official book series of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion, a section of the American Anthropological Association. We are actively seeking proposals from emerging and senior scholars for monographs or edited volumes that contribute broadly to the anthropological study of religious experience, cultures and practice. The books in the series offer vibrant ethnography, thoughtful debate, and insightful analysis on a variety of issues relating to current theoretical or comparative issues in anthropology of religion. We are especially interested in texts that promote sustained conversation with allied fields, including medical and psychological anthropology, theology, history, and culture studies.

Palgrave Macmillan books are distributed to universities worldwide and are available as printed and e-books. We are also pleased to accept proposals for Palgrave Pivots. This short format (20,000-50,000 words) provides accelerated publishing on topics of special interest.

https://www.palgrave.com/gp/series/14916
http://www.palgrave.com/pivot

Please forward this call to your networks too. Potential authors are encouraged to correspond with one of the series editors, Don Seeman (Emory University) and Hillary Kaell (Concordia University), before submitting proposals for review.
dseeman AT emory.eduand hillary.kaell AT concordia.ca

CFP_ International Conference on Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh

Dear Colleagues,

Hope you are doing well. We are going to organise an international conference on Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh at North South University, Bangladesh. Please find the call for paper attached and below. 

Apology for cross posting

CALL FOR PAPERS

Title of Conference: “International Conference on the Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh: Challenges and Sustainable Solutions”

Venue:  North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Date: July 27-28, 2019

 

The influx of a large number of Rohingya population into Bangladesh over last few years has become a critical concern for both the host and international communities. Many of the incidents of forced displacement and migration remain underexplored or understudied, leaving searches for sustainable solutions to those issues at a dearth. The multifarious issues associated with the Rohingya influx into Bangladesh such as social, cultural, political, legal, health and environment require a comprehensive understanding to develop a durable solution for overcoming the crisis.

 

From both humanitarian and national security perspectives, it is imperative that if the on-going mechanisms function properly, the displaced Rohingya people would get their rights back. The rights don’t necessarily mean only the repatriation of those who have been displaced but also ensuring their citizenship rights and living in their land with all fundamental rights and dignity. On the other hand, Bangladesh has been bearing a heavy burden of a huge Rohingya population. In such a context, the questions remain: How long will these displaced and stateless people stay in their temporary shelters in Bangladesh? What are the prospects of a safe repatriation of Rohingya people? Will Myanmar take them back and give their rights and allow them to live with dignity? How significant is the local and global response to this crisis? Does the Rohingya crisis pose a direct threat to national and regional security? What are the socioeconomic challenges both host and the Rohingya communities face in the shelter areas? What types of health hazards may arise in the Rohingya camps? How vulnerable are the women and children in these camps? What are the environmental impacts in the camp areas? How can the on-going peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts lead to a durable conflict resolution? In order to develop sustainable solutions to the Rohingya displacement crisis, both the intellectual and the development community need to find answers to the above questions. At present, it is evident that an immediate solution is far from a reality, as on-going negotiations have been futile and the repatriation of the dislocated Rohingya population to Myanmar has not been forthcoming. Considering this uncertainty, both the host and Rohingya communities may face further complex situations, where some of the options may not be effective at all. Therefore, a rigorous and comprehensive analysis of all the facets of the Rohingya crisis is essential in order to find a practical solution before it is too late.

 

Under this backdrop, Center for Peace Studies (CPS), the Department of Political Science and Sociology (PSS) and South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance (SIPG) of North South University (NSU), Dhaka, Bangladesh are organizing an international conference on “Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh: Challenges and Sustainable Solutions” on July 27-28, 2019 in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

 

CONFERENCE THEMES

The conference committee is inviting papers from scholars, researchers and graduate students across the globe to critically assess the whole issue and to develop sustainable policy recommendations in the broader thematic areas outlined below. However, the conference committee may consider papers that focus on the Rohingya crisis but fall outside of the following thematic areas:

 Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution

 National and Regional Security

 Forced Displacement and Human Rights

 Socio-cultural Problems and Dimensions

 Economic Impacts

 Physical and Mental Health Issues of Rohingya people

 Environmental Impacts and Remedy

 Legal Issues Associated with Rohingya Crisis

 Rohingya Language, Literature, and Culture

 Rohingya Identity and Historical Perspectives

 Gender and Vulnerability

 

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

A 300-word paper abstract, along with a short biography of 200 words, should be submitted by April 30, 2019. Abstracts should be written in English using Times New Roman font and submitted in MS Word doc/docx format. Notifications on decisions about acceptance of paper abstracts will be given by May 15, 2019. Selected papers will be published in an edited book and a peer-reviewed journal. The papers should be properly referenced with APA style.

 

Please visit www.northsouth.edu/rohingya-2019 for abstract submission and other information regarding the conference.

 

IMPORTANT DATES 

 

Deadline for Abstract Submission

April 30, 2019 

Notification of Abstract Acceptance

May 15, 2019 

Early Bird Registration Deadline

May 30, 2019 

Regular Registration Deadline

June 15, 2019 

Deadline for Full Paper Submission

July 15, 2019 

 

 

 

 

Regime-Critical Media and Arab Challenges and Opportunities post-Arab Spring

Call for Papers

 

Deadline for submitting abstracts 15 May 2019

 

 

Regime-Critical Media and Arab Diaspora:  Challenges and Opportunities post-Arab Spring

 

An interdisciplinary conference hosted by

 

‘Mediatized diaspora (MEDIASP): Contentious Politics among Arab Media Users in Europe’

 

Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies,

 

University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 

 

5-6 September 2019

 

 

Keynote speakers: Naomi Sakr, Myria Georgiou, Tourya Guaaybess, Carola Richter

 

 

The research project ‘Mediatized diaspora (MEDIASP): Contentious Politics among Arab Media Users in Europe’ at the University of Copenhagen is pleased to announce the call for papers for a two-day conference on regime-critical media – produced in or outside the Middle East and North Africa – and their users in diaspora.

 

After the Arab Spring, political developments in the Arab countries have varied from sustained civil war in Syria and Yemen to fragile political democracy in Tunisia; from successive regime changes in Egypt to regime maintenance in Bahrain; and from ongoing uprisings in Sudan to “successful” pressure against the regime to resign in Algeria. These developments have a direct impact on the conditions for regime-critical and politically mobilized media and for Arab diasporas living outside the Arab world. Regime-critical media have faced new restrictions and challenges in the Middle Eastern and North African countries post-Arab Spring, letting several media to move to other countries. Likewise, the situation of political activists either still living in the Middle East or in diaspora has greatly changed and their contributions have taken on a new significance.

 

Hence, the overall questions are: how do regime-critical media produced for the Middle Eastern or North-African audiences meet new challenges and opportunities? How do Middle Eastern and North-African diaspora groups mobilize politically and engage in transnational political activities? How does the audiences’ use of regime-critical media influences political action formation in diaspora?

 

We invite conference papers that examine the regime-critical media produced both in and outside the Middle East, and/or how media practices of Middle Eastern and North-African political activists in diaspora contribute to political transformation. The conference aims at exploring and discussing the potentially wide variations in regime-critical media and the Arab diasporas’ practices of using them. Both theoretical and empirical contributions are welcome. 

 

The conference welcomes papers on any of the following – or allied – topics or themes:

 

Regime-critical media in the Middle East and North African countries:

 

–        The history (and developments) of Arab critical media

 

–        Politicization of critical media after the 2011 Arab Spring

 

–        Social media in light of political repression

 

–        Critical media coverage of social movements

 

–        Critical media censorship and ownership

 

–        The performing of conflict by critical media

 

–        Violence and affective media events

 

–        Audio-visual modalities of critical media

 

–        Art, creativity, alternative features of critical media

 

–        Virtual mobility and glocality of critical media

 

–        The legal framework of Arab media

 

–        The future of Arab critical media

 

 

Political activism and media users of regime-critical media:

 

–        Media practices in the diaspora

 

–        Media and migrationhood

 

–        Practices of citizen journalism

 

–        Political activism in digital media

 

–        Cyber activism post-Arab Spring

 

–        Transnational media practice

 

–        Mediatized negotiations and contestations of current developments

 

–        Connective and collective action formations

 

–        Electronic armies (committees) on social media

 

Abstract Submission

 

The deadline for submitting proposals for individual papers is May 15. Please submit a title and abstract of about 250 words, in addition to your name, institutional affiliation and contact information.

 

Please send your abstracts or any enquiries to mediasp@hum.ku.dk.

A selection of accepted papers will be published in a special issue in Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research in April 2020 (Volume 13, Issue 1).

Key dates 

 

–        20 March 2019 – Call for papers is announced

 

–        15 May 2019 – Deadline for submitting abstracts

 

–        22 May 2019 – Notification of accepted abstracts

 

–        4 August 2019 – Deadline for registration

 

–        1 September 2019 – Deadline for full paper submission, 7500 words

 

–        5-6 September 2019 – The conference takes place in Copenhagen

 

–        6 October 2019 – Deadline for paper submission after revisions

 

–        3 November 2019 – Peer reviewer’s feedback will be send to author

 

–        1 December 2019 – Deadline for submission of final paper

 

The conference does not cover travel or accommodation costs for the participants.

 

Conference host  

 

The host of the conference is the research project ‘Mediatized diaspora (MEDIASP): Contentious Politics among Arab Media Users in Europe’. You can read more about the project here: https://ccrs.ku.dk/research/centres-and-projects/mediatizeddiaspora/

 

 

The project has its home at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (language, religion and society), University of Copenhagen.

 

 

For more information about the conference, please contact the organizing committee at mediasp@hum.ku.dk. The organizing committee consists of Dr. Ehab Galal, Dr. Thomas Fibiger, Dr. Mostafa Shehata, and PhD-fellow Zenia Yonus.

 

Call for Manuscripts

Call for Manuscripts

ANNUAL REVIEW OF THE SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION
Volume 12 (Forthcoming 2021)

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: SOCIAL-SCIENTIFIC APPROACHES
Edited by
Olga Breskaya (University of Padova, Italy), Roger Finke (Pennsylvania
State University, USA) and Giuseppe Giordan (University of Padova,
Italy).

Over the past three decades, issues related to religious freedom have increasingly come to the fore. The European Court of Human Rights ruled the landmark case on religious freedom in 1993, the U.S. passed the International Religious Freedom Act in 1998, and the King of Morocco hosted a major international conference in 2016 on promoting the rights of religious minorities in Muslim majority countries. Religion and state relations, with a focus on religious freedoms, has now become a growing interdisciplinary area of study. The Religion and State project has produced three waves of data and many other international initiatives put religious freedom at the center of their studies. Scholars in political science, international relations, and judicial studies have all contributed theoretical discussions, case studies and extensive empirical analysis. Sociologists have contributed too, but they have far more to offer.
The multidimensionality of religious freedom and its rootedness in historical, socio-legal and socio-political contexts, make it an area where sociology can make significant contributions. The social and religious dynamics related to migration, the societal restrictions placed on religious freedoms, the interaction between religious social movements and religious freedoms, and the increasing visibility of religion in global politics are a few of the areas where sociology’s well-established theoretical discourse and analytical tools can complement and challenge other disciplines. We invite the authors of this volume to contribute theoretical perspectives, sociological concepts and empirical analyses that highlight the development of religious freedom as an area of study in the social sciences. Listed below are a few of the many additional areas authors might address.

1.      Theories of religious freedom in social sciences
2.      Religious freedom and pluralism
3.      Religious freedom, spirituality, and interfaith dialogue
4.      Religious freedom and secularism
5.      Cross-national studies on religious freedom
6.      Sociology of human rights and religious freedom
7.      Religious freedom and social conflicts
8.      Religious freedom and socio-economic development

Please send proposals (400 words) and a brief bio to Olga Breskaya
(olga.breskaya@phd.unipd.it)
Submission of proposals: June 30, 2019
Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2019
Completed manuscripts (7,000 words): April 30, 2020  

Muslims in the UK & Europe 2019

DEADLINE EXTENDED – you have until April 7th to get your 500-word submission in to join us at this year’s conference

 

Call for Papers:

 

Muslims in the UK and Europe

Postgraduate Symposium 6-7 June 2019

 

Organised by the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge

 

The University of Cambridge Centre of Islamic Studies invites applications from current Masters and PhD candidates to present their research on issues pertaining to Muslims in the UK and Europe, from any discipline. The postgraduate symposium, taking place from 6-7 June 2019, will be a platform for students to present and exchange current research on any topic in this field in a dynamic forum. While historical or theoretical context is valuable, we also invite papers to present, analyse or interpret research findings, data or material.

 

The symposium will take place at The Moller Centre, Cambridge. Accommodation will be covered by the Centre of Islamic Studies and bursaries will be available for travel within the UK.

 

To apply please submit a 500-word abstract, with curriculum vitae outlining current research interests, to cis@cis.cam.ac.uk by 7 April 2019.

 

Successful candidates will be notified by 14 April 2019 and invited to submit draft papers of no more than 3000 words by 26 May 2019.

 

Click here to read about the Annual Muslims in the UK and Europe Postgraduate Symposium.

 

For more information on the Centre of Islamic Studies see here.

 

 

 

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CfP: “Mosques, familiies and Islamic Law” in Göteborg 21-23 August 2019

Call for Papers: “Mosques, families and Islamic Law”

 

‘Danish Mosques – Significance, Use and Influence’ together with the ‘Nordic Mosques Research network’ invites papers and applications for participation. This will be the first workshop as part of the HS-NOS funding and the mid-term conference in the Danish Mosques research project. 

 

The workshop will take place at in Göteborg in Sweden at the Hotel Panorama from 21st to 23rd August 2019. 

 

The deadline for the call for papers is May 1st, 2019. 

 

All contact should be addressed to Niels Valdemar Vinding, lbm993@hum.ku.dk

 

https://mosques.ku.dk/activities/mosques-families-and-islamic-law/

 

 

 

Call for Papers 

For this workshop, we invite scholars and researchers in the Nordic countries (and beyond) that work in the intersection of mosques, family and Islamic law. Mosques are widely understood as Muslim institutions in the discursivity of Islam. Similarly, Islamic law is widely defined as Islamic ethics, norms and practice. In our view and in legal terms, the biggest challenge for mosques and Muslims in the Nordic countries is building authentic and responsive legal institutions that may help Muslims in their ethnic, social and legal dilemmas and problems, where Western society seems to disappoint. There is a significant degree of experimentation and different attempts at articulating a religious legal identity and institutions amongst Muslims in the Nordic countries. This has been going on for a number of years, but now seems to be quasi-institutionalised to point where we are able to find legal documents, interview people and observe the process of legal institutionalization.

 

However, currently Muslim legal institutions are reaching out to governments and courts to better regulate and establish their practices to mitigate the significant risk of having their work deemed illegitimate and even illegal. The most significant legal concern by far is Muslim family law with the fear of parallel legal orders and subversive counter-normativity.

 

The operable questions for the workshop are; how are Muslims in mosques (and beyond) articulating their legal, ethical and normative identities? What kind of institutions are being build? How many so-called Islamic councils are there in the Nordic countries? How are they seen and used by Muslims? What kind of Islamic law and ethics issues are seen by the courts and quasi-courts in the Nordic countries, such as family matters, divorce, mediation, inherence, honour, polygamy? How do the courts and the legal systems in general approach and address these issues?

 

We are inviting submissions for papers as well as for participation in the workshop. We will give preference to papers to be presented during the workshop. For paper presentations, we are expecting written contributions to either an upcoming special issue of a leading journal or to a concluding anthology on Nordic Mosques in Context.

 

Paper abstracts of 300 words or expressions of interest in participation and a short CV to be submitted to Niels Valdemar Vinding, lbm993@hum.ku.dk, on May 1st 2019 at the latest. 

Workshop Series Theme

This is the first in a series of three workshops on Nordic Mosques in Context – On the institutional embeddedness of Islam in the Nordic countries sponsored by a NOS-HS Workshop Grant. The second is on ”Mosques, power and politics,” in Copenhagen, Denmark, in January 2020, and the third is on ”Mosques, communities and finance,” in Oslo, Norway, August 2020. The purpose of the workshops is to investigate the dimensions of institutional embeddedness of Islam in the Nordic countries as mosques seek to be responsive institutions for the needs of Muslims, challenged by economic, legal and political alternatives. We are considering mosques as the focal point of Islam in economic, legal and political terms, the primary objective of this research project is to study the institutional strategies of mosques and Muslims in embedding Islam in the Nordic wider societies. The key here is to see to what extend mosques are responsive institutions for the needs of Muslim in soliciting the wider public, or if Muslims go beyond the mosque in the pursuit of other more apt forms of institutionalised religious life such as invoking Islamic economic, legal and political responses. We argue that the entire future of mosques depends on whether they can give and refine responsive and meaningful answers and make them coherent with the economic, legal and politics questions that Muslims seek the answers to. As such, this may result in the secularisation of mosques as they negotiate and find their place in society. Will these new or re-interpreted institutional expressions clash with the general public, will they fail Muslims or will they be viable alternatives for embedding Islam in the Nordic countries?

 

Workshop structure

We are aiming to conduct this workshop from the afternoon on Wednesday 21st August and finish with lunch on Friday 23rd August. All accepted participants will have flights, trains and other public transportation and hotel costs covered. We are organising a programme with keynotes, paper sessions with 20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes Q&A, as well as an afternoon open to the public and local stakeholders.

 

Conveners 

Brian Arly Jacobsen, assoc. professor, Sociology of Religion, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Torkel Brekke, Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway

Göran Larsson, Professor in Religious Studies, Göteborg University, Sweden

Niels Valdemar Vinding, post.doc., Islamic Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

 

 

Niels Valdemar Vinding