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AAR Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
November 21-24, 2015

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Study of Islam Section

Statement of Purpose: 

This Section is the home for the academic study of Islam within the AAR. This Section encompasses various approaches and subjects, from Qur’anic studies to modern reform movements and from textual research to sociology. The Section also has an enduring interest in pedagogical issues associated with the teaching of Islam. The purpose of the Section is both to provide a forum for dialogue among differing approaches and projects within Islamic studies and also to provide opportunities for the discussion of work that affects the overall field of the study of religion. We normally meet for five to seven sessions at each Annual Meeting. We coordinate our work with other Islam-related AAR Program Units, including the Contemporary Islam Group, the Islamic Mysticism Group, and the Qur’an Group.

Call for Papers: 

This Section encourages individual paper, papers session, and roundtable proposals in all areas of Islamic studies. Successful proposals will reflect theoretical and methodological sophistication and engagement with existing scholarship along with innovative examination of Muslim practices, texts, and material culture in diverse contexts and geographies. As always, we welcome submissions dealing with the Qur’an and the Sunna, law, philosophy, theology, mysticism, ritual, gender and sexuality, modernity and globalization, teaching, religious pluralism, and other areas of general interest. Furthermore, we encourage proposals dealing with Shi’ism within and across these areas.

For the 2015 meeting in Atlanta we are especially interested in paper and/or panel proposals on the following themes:

• Muslims in the US South (with a focus on Atlanta)
• Killing/Sacrificing Animals
• Performing Muslims
• Islam and Theory (with reference to the work of Talal Asad)
• Borders and Borderlands
• Islam and the Digital Humanities
• Destruction of Sacred Space

The Study of Islam section seeks to encourage and facilitate dialogue between panelists before, during, and immediately following individual presentations. To this end, it is essential that presenters commit to providing the full text of their presentation for pre-circulation among panel participants at least three weeks before the conference (i.e., Monday November 2, 2015).

All proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria: a descriptive title, a clearly formulated argument; engagement with secondary literature; articulation of a contribution to the field; and clearly identified methodology and sources. Further suggestions for AAR proposal writers can be found in Kecia Ali’s “Writing a Successful Annual Meeting Proposal”:

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
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