New Methods in the Study of Islam

New Methods in the Study of Islam

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Call for Abstracts

Abstract Deadline: November 30, 2020

New Methods in the Study of Islam offers a modest proposal to discover new methods, methodologies and approaches that can be applied, utilized and conceived in the study of Islam and Islamic Studies. This volume seeks to offer an alternative, and we welcome new, innovative, and inter-/multi-disciplinary approaches.

This call asks a set of broad questions: What are (the) new methods in the study of Islam? Can newer approaches to methods and methodologies provide different lenses to examine Islam and Islamic Studies? Can technology revolutionize our method and methodological preferences? Can textuality, once the dominant method, be replaced by non-textual methods to understand Islam and its relations with other religions? Can one theorize the ethics of method application in the study of Islam?

Potential themes in the volume include (but are not limited to) the following,

• The concept of New Method in the Study of Islam
• Method vs. Methodology in the Study of Islam
• Existing Paradigms in Methodological Study of Islam
• Decolonizing Methods/Methodologies in Islamic Studies
• Easternism, Westernism and Centrality in Methods
• Historicizing and Universalizing Methods in Islamic Studies
• Ethics of method production and application in the Study of Islam
• Evaluating and Assessing Established or Emerging Methods
• New Methods for Comparative Study of Islam and Other Religions

Scholars, researchers, and instructors are invited to send an abstract of their proposed chapters (max. 200 words) and a short bio-note to the editors, Abbas Aghdassi and Aaron W. Hughes before November 30, 2020.

Abstracts and subsequent chapters should be submitted in English.

Notification of abstract acceptance will be communicated by January 15, 2021. Following the notification, authors will be invited to submit their full chapter by April 30, 2021. Chapters would then undergo a review by the editors, at which point authors will be notified if revisions are required.

We plan to publish the volume in Brill’s Supplements to Theory and Method in the Study of Religion (SMTR).

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