CFP: Muslim and Sports

In the recent years, there have been an increasing number of studies on
the physical activity of muslim youth and especially on Muslim
schoolgirls in Europe. The researches on physical activity have expanded
in new domains such as sports activities during the month of Ramadan,
wearing headscarf in olympic games and footbal matches, halal meals in
football training camps, mixed-sex swimming lessons and dancing clubs.
Sports are also at the centre of the debates on Islamic expressions of
identity and diversity. These researches on life experiences of Muslims
in different contexts reveal how sports constitute a terrain for
identity making, empowerment, and religious plurality particulary with
regards to Islam.

The visibilty of Muslim and the presence of Islam in sports need
specific attention. On the one hand, there is an increase in social
mobility, socialisation and participation in the society via sport; on
the other hand, research has indicated that this participation in sports
reveals some particularities in Islamic codes of living. These
particularities and religious expressions in sports are seen as a means
of defying secular values and life.

This workshop attempts to provide more insight on the relationship
between Muslims who live in Europe and sports-physical activity. We
would like to examine how Muslims make sense of religion and their
religious identity in sportive activities and how public policies are
organized vis-a-vis the needs of the Muslim populations in Europe.
During this workshop we want to adress a range of issues such as space,
gender, social inclusion, multiculturalism, citizenship, politics of
identity and secularism.

Tuition Fees

There will be no tuition fees.


An edited book will be produced and published by the GCIS with Leuven
University Press, comprising some or all of the papers presented at the
Workshop, at the condition that they pass a peer review organized by the
publisher. The papers will be arranged and introduced, and to the extent
appropriate, edited, by scholar(s) to be appointed by the Editorial Board.

Copyright of the papers accepted to the Workshop will be vested in the GCIS.

Selection Criteria

The workshop will accept up to 10 participants, each of whom must meet
the following requirements:

  • have a professional and/or research background in related topics
    of the workshop;
  • be able to attend the entire programme.

Since the Workshop expects to address a broad range of topics while the
number of participants has to be limited, writers submitting abstracts
are requested to bear in mind the need to ensure that their language is
technical only where it is absolutely necessary and the language should
be intelligible to non-specialists and specialists in disciplines other
than their own; and present clear, coherent arguments in a rational way
and in accordance with the usual standards and format for publishable work.


Abstracts (300–500 words maximum) and CVs (maximum 1 page) to be
received by 20th September 2015.
Abstracts to be short-listed by the Editorial Board and papers
invited by 30th September 2015.
Conference: 7 December 2015

Workshop Editorial Board and Organizers

Joyce Koeman, KU Leuven

Pascal Delheye, KU Leuven

Erkan Toğuşlu, KU Leuven


KU Leuven University, Belgium.

The international workshop is organized by KU Leuven Gülen Chair for
Intercultural Studies and Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation
Sciences (FaBeR). The language of the workshop is English and will be
hosted by KU Leuven Gülen Chair in Leuven.

Papers and abstract should be sent to :

For more information plz contact:

Erkan Toguslu

KU Leuven Gülen Chair for Intercultural Studies

Parkstraat 45 – box 3615
3000 Leuven

Dr. Erkan Toguslu
Gülen Chair for Intercultural Studies
IMMRC – Anthropology
KU Leuven