Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies
First Annual Conference


Islam, the West, and Radicalism


15 February 2018


Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Surrey UK


Call for Panel and Paper Proposals

The Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London invites proposals for the 2018 Annual CIWAS Conference on the theme of ‘Islam, the West, and Radicalism’.

Recent years have seen new waves of political Islamic revival in West Asian and Islamic societies, the re-emergence of sectarian struggles, and a further development of radical ideologies in the region. The growing number of organised Islamic groups which, in West Asia, represent diverse political goals, are generating tensions beyond the borders of the region. These groups and religio-political dynamics are still not fully understood by academic and policy-making communities. This year’s conference theme engages the question of the role ‘the west’ has played in the on-going violence, and what influence these developments are having on western communities.

This first Annual Conference of the Centre of Islamic and West Asian Studies offers an opportunity to address these questions from different and original perspectives. We encourage panels and proposal which include new and under-researched approaches and facets relating to these dynamics including (but not limited to):

• Islam and the West (the Muslim diaspora, its coexistence with ‘others’ in the West), Islamic responses to radicalism,

• Islam and ethics (human rights, ethics, medical ethics and Islamic jurisprudence, women’s rights),

• Spirituality in Islam (Islamic arts, rituals),

• Islamic authority in an age of Western dominance.

How to submit panel/paper proposals

Panels: a 250-word discussion of the theme of the panel and, for each presenter, a paper title and abstract (maximum 250-words) and contact details, using this form: CIWAS 2018 Panel Proposal

Individual papers: a paper title and abstract (maximum 250-words) and contact details, using this form: CIWAS 2018 Paper Proposal

Completed forms should be sent by email attachment to submissions@ciwas.net by 5pm (UK time), Monday 4 December 2017. You will receive an email notification confirming receipt of your form.

Note that a number of travel grants will be available to cover part of the travel and accommodation expenses for the eligible speakers attending the conference.

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