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Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies Third Annual Conference:

‘Urban Islam: Muslim Minorities, Identity and Tradition in West Asian, South Asian, and African Cities’

19 February 2020 Royal Holloway, University of London Egham, Surrey UK

The Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies is seeking papers for its 2020 Annual Conference. The Conference is concerned to explore multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of urban Islam which address questions such as how Islam has influenced urbanisation and the urban livelihoods of their Muslim inhabitants; what the impact of this urbanisation process has been on Islamic practices and Muslim identities; and how the presence of Islam in cities intertwined with concepts of ‘self’ and ‘other? We are particularly interested in panel and paper proposals that offer original and under-researched approaches to studying historical and contemporary Islamic cities in West Asia, South Asia, and Africa. We welcome research that focuses on all Muslim communities, including Sunni, Shiite, Sufi, those of sub-denominations and of different schools of thought, jurisprudence and theology; and adherents of Muslim movements having a prominent communal identity and living as minorities in Islamic cities. The various issues that might be addressed and be applied to a case of an Islamic city include, but are not limited to:

• The history, development, and modernisation of Islamic cities

• The definition, ideal, and cosmology of Islamic cities

• Islamic cities in religious texts

• Urban architecture and Islamic cities

• The culture and Identity of Islamic cities

• Sacred spaces and rituals in, and pilgrimages to, Islamic cities

• Muslim minorities in Islamic cities

• Islamic cities and the politics of urban design

• Persecution, sectarianism and violence involving Muslim communities in cities

Please submit a paper title, abstract (maximum 250-words), and a short bio by email attachment to by 5pm (UK time), Friday 4 October 2019.

Important Dates:

Abstract (250 words) Submission Deadline: Friday 4 October 2019 Paper/Panel

Acceptance Notification: Friday 1 November 2019

Full Paper Submission Deadline: Friday 7 February 2020

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