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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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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 Group solicits paper and panel proposals for the 2018 AAR Annual Meeting. While all proposals related to Islamic mysticism are welcome, special consideration will be given to the following topics formulated at the 2017 AAR Islamic Mysticism Group business meeting:

Approaches to hagiographies
Alternative spiritualities
Sufism, the healing arts and medicine
Occult sciences
Mysticism and ecology
Mysticism and humor
Sufism, politics and empire
Mysticism and political dissidents
Sufism and secularism
Mysticism, gender and authority

Also welcome would be papers and panels that thoughtfully incorporate the theme for the 2018 Annual Meeting: "Religious Studies in Public: The Civic Responsibilities, Opportunities, and Risks Facing Scholars of Religion."

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 is accepted and you agree to be on the program, we expect you to show up to participate in your session at the annual meeting, barring unforeseeable exceptional circumstances. Please note that the Islamic studies program units have a policy according to which no-shows may be barred from the program for the following year.

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Process: 
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Leadership: 
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