Navigating the non/confessional in university Islamic studies

University of Birmingham
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Monday 20th (00:01) - Wednesday 22nd April 2020 (23:59)
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4th Birmingham Spring Islam Conference

The conference will bring together scholars from across Europe working in different policy and educational settings to look at how Islamic education operates, and the implications of this for the transmission and representation of the Islamic tradition, as well as the teaching of Islam in universities. The conference’s remit will be any arena where Islam is included as a part of higher-level study, from the confessional teaching of Islam, to theology and religious studies, history, politics and the social sciences.  We have invited six main speakers to help us move the discussions along:

  • Prof. Bekim Agai, Dept. of Islamic Studies, University of Frankfurt
  • Prof. Ednan Aslan, Depts. of Teacher Education and Islamic Theology, University of Vienna
  • Prof. Sophie Gilliat-Ray, Professor in Religious and Theological Studies, Director for the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, Cardiff University
  • Prof. Birgitte Schepelern Johansen, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen
  • Dr Walaa Quisay, Teaching Fellow, University of Birmingham 
  • Prof. Alison Scott-Baumann, Professor of Society & Belief, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Abstracts are now invited for papers that address any of the conference themes:

  • How students and staff navigate between confessional and non-confessional Islamic educational contexts
  • How policy contexts affect the development of linkages between seminaries and mainstream higher education institutions;
  • Teaching about Islam beyond Islamic and religious studies (for example, in history, politics and the social sciences);
  • ‘Insider’ and ‘outsider’ dynamics in the teaching of Islam in European contexts
  • Complementarities and tensions between confessional and non-confessional approaches to the study of Muslims and Islam
  • Securing the study of Islam within and beyond higher education institutions

Proposals for papers can be submitted by 17 January 2020 to Abstracts should be less than 250 words along with a biographical note of no more than 50 words.

Further information

Previous Birmingham Spring Islam Conferences:

1st. 2016. “Radicalisation and Securitisation of Muslims in Europe”. Published in Journal of Muslims in Europe, vol.7, pp.139-261.

2nd. 2017. “Narratives of Displacement: Iraqi and Syrian Refugees in Europe and the Middle East - University of Birmingham”. Publication in progress.

3rd. 2018. “The intellectual history of Sufism is intertwined with that of philosophy in the Islamic world.”. Publication in progress.