SoCal Graduate Student Conference on Islamic Studies: Sharia and the Secular
About The Event
Date: October 19-20, 2018
Venue: University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
Paper Submission Deadline: July 30, 2018
Keynote Speaker: Sherman A. Jackson, University of Southern California
The SoCal Islamic Studies Graduate Student Consortium invites papers exploring the theme of “Sharia and the Secular.”
– Does Sharia rule Muslims’ lives?
– Is there a non-shar’i side of life that could be conceived of as ‘secular’?
– How do non-shar’i aspects of state policy relate to Sharia?
We are interested in papers that interrogate how Sharia and the realm of the non-shar’i has been constructed historically and how the practical application of Sharia reflects the non-shar’i domain. Papers that address shar’i and non-shar’i themes pertaining to the economy, medicine, society, public policy, and family life are especially welcome.
In honor of Saba Mahmood, the conference also invites proposals that focus on her approach to the secular and secularism and how these relate to Sharia. This call is not limited to any specific geographic location, theoretical approach, or methodology. Anthropologists, sociologists, comparative literature scholars, historians, religious studies scholars as well as scholars of Islamic law whose work includes a focus on Muslims are invited to submit an abstract.
This year’s conference is co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara as the 7th Annual Islamic Studies Graduate Student Conference at UCSB and is the first in a new conference series organized cooperatively with the Center for Islamic Thought, Culture and Practice at the University of Southern California.
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