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

Call for Papers: Human Rights Working Paper Series

Dedicated to interdisciplinary and critical dialogue on international human rights law and discourse, the Rapoport Center’s Working Paper Series (WPS) publishes innovative papers by established and early-career researchers as well as practitioners. The goal is to provide a productive environment for debate about human rights among academics, policymakers, activists, practitioners, and the public.

Authors from all disciplines and institutions are welcome to submit papers on any topic related to human rights.
Submissions undergo a rigorous selection process by the WPS interdisciplinary editorial committee, which includes graduate students and faculty from across the University of Texas. The WPS committee provides detailed comments and feedback to authors before the paper is published online.

Publication in the WPS does not preclude future publication elsewhere; in fact, many of our working papers have since been published in academic journals and edited volumes.

For the 2018-9 series, the Editorial Committee is accepting submissions on a rolling basis.
For more information, please visit: or contact

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:



Journal of Dharma Studies

Journal of Dharma Studies

Philosophy, Theology, Ethics, and Culture

Journal of Dharma Studies Philosophy, Theology, Ethics, and Culture

We are delighted to announce the inaugural issue of the Journal of Dharma Studies.

The concept of the Journal of Dharma Studies arose from the scholarship produced by a learned society, the Dharma Academy of North America (DANAM), which has been meeting annually for over fifteen years in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). Over this time, nearly a thousand scholars have participated in or attended the conferences of DANAM and helped foster analytical-constructive and translational research and scholarship on various fields and sub-disciplines. All of which comprise the diverse expressions of the Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist religious traditions.

All articles published with Dharma Studies will be free to access until 2020. We hope you will enjoy the first issue and will sign up to receive the table of contents of every new issue published.

If you have any questions about the journal do not hesitate to contact the editors-in-chief.

Rita D. Sherma, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA
Purushottama Bilimoria , Graduate Theological Union and University of California, Berkeley, USA; The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Call for Papers: The Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements

The Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements (CenSAMM) is pleased to announce its first annual conference, to be held at the University of Bedfordshire (Bedford Campus) 27-28 June 2019.

The theme of the conference is The Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements: Critical and Interdisciplinary Approaches.

The aim of the conference is to facilitate critical and interdisciplinary discussion of apocalypticism, millenarianism and associated movements across time, place, and culture, and will cover academic fields such as anthropology, archaeology, biblical studies, critical theory, cultural studies, history, literary studies, political studies, psychology, religious studies, sociology, etc. The interdisciplinary scope is broadly understood to include methodologies, comparative approaches, and showcasing of research more specific to individual fields of expertise.

Speakers include:

  • John J. Collins (Yale Divinity School)
  • Vanessa Harding (Birkbeck College, University of London)
  • Bill McGuire (University College London)
  • Sarah Rollens (Rhodes College)
  • Beth Singler (University of Cambridge)
  • Fatima Tofighi (EUME, Berlin/University of Religions, Qom)
  • Paul-Francois Tremlett (Open University)

We invite individual paper proposals from scholars at all stages of their career, including postgraduates, and we welcome suggestions for group panels. Please submit proposals to Submissions for papers should include a 300-word abstract and short CV.

Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2019.

Please see the Censamm website for more information: