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Constructive Muslim Thought and Engaged Scholarship Seminar

Call for Proposals

The Constructive Muslim Thought and Engaged Scholarship Seminar is not seeking proposals for the 2022 AAR Annual Meeting. Instead, the seminar steering committee will invite a number of scholars to participate in two roundtable discussions where they may address the array of approaches and methodologies at work in this scholarly field as well as the productive intersections and critical interventions that can and have emerged from out of this growing body of work. Nevertheless, if a scholar is interested in joining the seminar as a roundtable discussant, the steering committee would encourage them to contact the unit chair with an expression of interest and demonstration of past and/or current work in the field of constructive Muslim thought and engaged scholarship.

Statement of Purpose

This seminar is aimed at exploring the developing academic discourse of constructive Muslim thought as a disciplinary field. Constructive Muslim thought is a broad and rich field of critical inquiry that involves both knowledge production and praxis. The constructive Muslim discourse is the cumulative result of the pioneering work of Muslim feminist scholars, postcolonial thinkers, decolonial thinkers, ethicists, scholars of Islam and critical race theory, among many others. Structural critique, ethical discernment, and community engagement are integral aspects of this broad body of scholarship. The organizers of this seminar argue that this expansive array of work can be construed as constituting an emergent new field within the academy, namely “constructive Muslim thought,” which runs parallels with, but is distinct from the study of Islam and Muslims.

The seminar is envisioned as a space for scholars of the study of Islam and Muslims and academic practitioners of engaged scholarship from out of the Islamic tradition (broadly conceived) to share and develop their research in conversation with one another. Specifically, over the course of five years, the seminar will critically examine two key topics at length: 1) the methodological directions and epistemological interventions that are emerging within the constructive Muslim discourse, and 2) the systemic and institutional challenges that the constructive Muslim discourse faces within academe broadly and between the disciplinary categories of theology and religious studies, more specifically. By providing a scholarly space to meet, the seminar aims to support the discourse conceptually and to grow the discipline structurally.

Chairs

Steering Committee Members

Method

PAPERS
E-mail without Attachment (proposal appears in body of e-mail)

Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members