Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies

Monday 20 - Tuesday 21 May 2024

University of Leeds, Cloth Hall Court, Quebec Street, Leeds LS1 2HA 


Call for Papers and Panels: Submission deadline Thursday 14 December 2023

The British Association for Islamic Studies is delighted to announce that it will be hosting its 2024 Annual Conference at the University of Leeds in the stunning Cloth Hall Court venue.

We now invite proposals for individual papers, as well as whole panels, from senior and early-career scholars from Professor to PhD level, as well as colleagues from beyond the academic world who have specialist expertise or unique insights to share. This includes colleagues based in centres of further education, museums and traditional centres of religious learning, among others.

​​Islamic Studies is broadly understood to include all topics and disciplinary approaches relating to the study of Islam and Muslim societies, across all time periods from the formative to the classical, and pre-modern to the contemporary.

This includes, but is not limited to, the following suggested themes:

  • Archives and Archival Studies
  • Art, Architecture, Numismatics, Epigraphy and Material Culture
  • Black Islam(s) and African Diaspora Studies
  • Decolonising the Curriculum, including New Periodisations and (Inter)Disciplinary Approaches
  • Digital Humanities in Islamic Studies
  • Economy, Marketing and Finance
  • Education and Pedagogy
  • Environmental Humanities and Ecology
  • Gender Studies
  • Hadith Studies
  • History and Historiography
  • Intellectual History and the History of Science
  • Interreligious Relations and Comparative Studies
  • Islam and Muslims in the Media: Print, Online and on Screen
  • Law
  • Libraries and Book Cultures 
  • Literature and Cultural Studies including Postcolonial Studies
  • Manuscript Studies and Codicology
  • Muslims in Asia
  • Muslims in Britain/Europe/North America and other minority contexts
  • Philosophy, Theology and Ethics
  • Qur'anic and Tafsir Studies
  • Sociology, Anthropology and Political Science
  • Sufism and Mysticism

We rely on our members and conference participants to help us expand the scope and nuance of our Annual Conference. In light of this, please do feel free to submit panel or paper proposals that are not represented in the above-mentioned themes.

An Inclusive Conference

BRAIS is committed to the principles of equality and inclusivity, and welcomes papers from scholars of all backgrounds and identities. We will work hard to ensure that BRAIS 2023 is a welcoming environment where everyone feels valued and supported.

Submitting Your Paper Proposal

For individual papers, a 200-word abstract of the paper should be submitted along with your details using the form available via the link below: 


Please note: Submissions are being managed by the BRAIS Management Hub at the Alwaleed Centre, University of Edinburgh.

Submitting Your Panel Proposal

BRAIS particularly welcomes proposals for whole panels curated around certain themes or methodologies. Panels will ideally include four individual papers, but panels of three individual papers will also be considered.

For panels, a 200-word outline of the theme of the panel, together with 200-word abstracts of each individual paper and the biography of each presenter should be submitted using the form available via the link below:


Please note: Proposals are being managed by the BRAIS Management Hub at the Alwaleed Centre, University of Edinburgh.

Submission Deadline

The deadline for paper and panel submissions is Thursday 14 December 2024.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Committee on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.