Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies

The University of Edinburgh 

Monday 6 - Tuesday 7 June 2022 

The British Association for Islamic Studies is delighted to announce that it will be hosting its 2022 Annual Conference at the University of Edinburgh on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 June 2022.

This will be the first in-person BRAIS conference for over two years and we look forward to reconnecting with colleagues and friends in the beautiful surroundings of Scotland's capital.

Call for Papers and Panels

Submission deadline Monday 31st January 2022


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.

​​Islamic Studies is broadly understood to include all topics and disciplinary approaches relating to the study of Islam and Muslim societies (majority and minority), 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 of, and bring nuance to, the Islamic Studies themes covered in our annual conference. In light of this, please do feel very welcome to submit Islamic Studies panel or paper proposals that are not represented in the above-mentioned themes.

An Inclusive Conference

BRAIS is committed to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusivity and welcomes papers from scholars of all backgrounds and identities. We will work hard to ensure that BRAIS 2022 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 using the form which is available HERE.

Please note: Submissions are being managed by our hosts 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 details of each presenter should be submitted using the form which is available HERE.

Please note: Submissions are being managed by our hosts at the Alwaleed Centre, University of Edinburgh.

Submission Deadline

The deadline for paper and panel submissions is Monday 31st January 2022.

Any Questions?

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