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AAR Annual Meeting
Boston, MA
November 18-21, 2017

2017 Annual Meeting Program (PDF)

Preliminary 2017 Annual Meeting Program (MS Word)

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Islamic Mysticism Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

Islamic mysticism is a broad rubric, one that allows us to engage in areas such as Sufism, Isma’ili and broader Shi’i esoteric thought, some aspects of Islamic philosophy, and allegorical interpretations of the Qur’an. The study of Islamic mysticism also allows our members to engage Islamic materials from many different parts of the world including, but not limited to Persianate regions, the Arab world, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and North America.

Call for Papers: 

Islamic mysticism is a broad rubric, one that allows us to engage in areas such as Sufism, Isma’ili and broader Shi’i esoteric thought, aspects of Islamic philosophy, and allegorical interpretations of the Qur’an. The study of Islamic mysticism also allows our members to engage Islamic materials from many different parts of the world including, but not limited to Persianate regions, the Arab world, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and North America.

The Islamic Mysticism Unit solicits paper and panel proposals for the 2017 AAR Annual Meeting. While all proposals related to Islamic mysticism are welcome, special consideration will be given to the following topics formulated at the 2016 AAR Islamic Mysticism Unit business meeting:
• Aesthetic expressions of Islamic mysticism
• Sufism and the post-colonial state
• Islamic mysticism in Africa and Asia
• Islamic mysticism in the digital age

Also welcome would be papers and panels that thoughtfully incorporate the theme for the 2017 Annual Meeting: "Religion and the Most Vulnerable."
As a new explicit requirement of our unit, a successful pre-arranged session or panel proposal must incorporate gender diversity. Diversity of race and ethnicity, theoretical method, and rank are also highly encouraged.

If your proposal gets accepted and you agree to be on the program, we expect you to show up to participate at the annual meeting, barring unforeseeable exceptional circumstances. Please note that it is the policy of all Islamic studies program units to ban no-shows at the previous annual meeting from the program for the following two years.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee