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Islamic Mysticism Unit and Religious Conversions Unit

Call for Proposals

Initiation: Conversion by Another Name?

“Initiation” has been a longstanding paradigm for understanding personal religious transformation in a variety of religious communities and contexts, in both the orient and occident, in ancient religions through New Religious Movements. How does “initiation” as a paradigm for religious transformation compared to that of “conversion” in an initiatory context, especially in the context of Islamic Mysticism? How are they similar and how are they different? Or does “initiation” amount to “conversion” by another name? How does the study of initiation challenge the assumptions of the conversion paradigm and contemporary conversions studies? (Contact: Edith Szanto,



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Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection