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Contemporary Islam Unit

Call for Proposals for November Meeting

The Contemporary Islam Unit is soliciting proposals for the 2024 AAR annual meeting on any topics related to the study of Islam in the contemporary period. This year we have particular interests in the following topics:

  • Political theology, violence, and non-violence
  • Palestine including:
    • History of apartheid
    • Religious diversity in Palestine
    • Palestinian resistance and activism
    • BDS and academic freedom
    • Anti-Palestinian sentiment, Islamophobia, and the repression of Palestinian solidarity efforts
  • Social justice movements in Asia and Africa and global solidarity
  • Muslim engagement with arts and aesthetic discourses
  • New directions in the field of Islamic Studies
  • Religion and agency
  • Prearranged author-meets-critics style panels on recently published books

Pre-arranged panels should reflect gender and racial/ethnic diversity as well as diversity of field, method, and scholarly rank as appropriate. We also encourage pre-arranged panels to take a broad and inclusive approach to what counts as “Islam,” recognizing the theological diversity within Islam and among Muslims; this includes but is not limited to Shi‘a, Ahmadiyya, and the Nation of Islam.


If your proposal is accepted and you agree to be on the program, we expect you to show up to participate in 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 Annual Meeting from the program for the following two years.

Call for Proposals for Online June Meeting

Same Call as above

Statement of Purpose

The mission of this unit is to provide a venue for discussing emerging issues and developments within contemporary Muslim societies and Islamic Studies.


Steering Committee Members


Review Process

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