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AAR Annual Meeting
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November 21-24, 2015

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Contemporary Islam Group

Statement of Purpose: 

The mission of this Group is to provide a venue for discussing emerging problems and developments within Muslim societies and Islamic studies during the past 200 years, particularly in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

Call for Papers: 

For the 2015 meeting, we welcome proposals are any aspect of Islam in the contemporary world. We are especially interested in presenting research on the following themes:

  1. Africa: We are looking for proposals that move beyond the boundedness or otherness of Africa in Islamic Studies, and that look at Islam in Africa in terms of regional (sub-Saharan, Indian Ocean) connections and/or theoretical contributions to the broader study of Islam.

  2. Islam and Politics: The current liberal/conservative dichotomy inadequately reflects the complex and nuanced ways in which Muslims understand the relationship between Islam and politics. We invite proposals that shed new light on the constitutive categories of political movements in Muslim societies, such as emergent transformations of political Islam and their multifaceted engagements with Islamic tradition.

  3. Crisis, Precarity, and Wellbeing: Contemporary political and sectarian violence has reshaped the everyday world of Muslims in diverse societies, displacing refugees, initiating new forms of exclusion or repression, disrupting community, and straining the hope of social continuity. We are interested in research that chronicles how the experience of crisis and precarity affects Muslim struggles for wellbeing in the contemporary world.

  4. In the Shadows of Normativity: Majoritarian forms of Muslim community enact their own religious, political, gender, and sexual norms, and these, in turn, constitute various minority identities. In terms of both the state and Muslim communities, we see the emergence of minority groups that challenge prevailing representations of religion and racial, gender, sexual, and ethnic identity. We seek papers that explore the contexts in which Muslims are constituted as a minority, the negotiation of new forms of identity and community, and the establishment of spheres of life in which alternate normativities encourage new modes of connection.

Method: 
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Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Leadership: 
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