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Call for Papers: TIMES Postgraduate Symposium 2018

Following the success of the first TIMES Post-Graduate Symposium in May 2017, TIMES Forum invites proposals for individual papers on any aspect or sub-discipline of Islamic and/or Middle Eastern Studies for its 2nd Annual Symposium in May 2018. TIMES Forum was set up in 2015 by researchers from a range of disciplines at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University. Membership has steadily grown since, with members from different disciplines and institutions in the Midlands and beyond meeting to share their research. With the aim of promoting and providing a platform for post-graduate research on Islam and the Islamic world (broadly conceived), the organisers invite proposals for papers that will be 20 minutes in length. The TIMES Forum welcomes papers on a wide variety of subjects relating to the Islamic and Middle Eastern world including, but not limited to the following:

  • Philosophy, Theology & Qur'anic studies
  • History - medieval and modern
  • Law
  • Politics and Social Policy
  • Arts and Architecture
  • Literature, Language & Translation
  • Culture & Sociology
  • Intellectual History
  • Sufism
  • Economics and Finance

They will also consider creative visual submissions. Individual proposals, if accepted, will be grouped with similar submissions by the conference organisers. Registration is free and there are a number of bursaries available to support travel expenses for speakers. If claiming travel expenses, please mention this with your submission.

 A 200-word abstract should be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday 21st February 2018. Please title your email “TIMES Symposium Submission”.


Islam and Justice: The Inaugural Conference of the AAIMS (Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies)

18-19th December 2017

The inaugural conference of the Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS) will represent the depth and breadth of scholarship in Australia. It will showcase the diversity of this field of study which reflects the range of Muslim experiences across many countries and continents. The experiences and daily challenges faced by Muslims in Australia is, by definition, different to those in the Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia. This difference, however, does not detach them from events and processes that shape the lives of other Muslims. Studies of Muslim experiences and manifestations of Islam require a multi-disciplinary approach to capture the topic in all its multi-faceted complexity. AAIMS inaugural conference will address this important consideration by bringing together leading scholars from many disciplines, including law, politics, sociology, religious studies, philosophy and theology.


For further details, please see HERE.


BRAIS Workshop: Seeing is Believing: Miracles in Islamic Thought

23 May 2017

This workshop explored the different ways in which miracles were defined, articulated and understood in various schools of thought within the Islamic tradition. Belief in miracles is a central aspect of many religious traditions, and unsurprisingly, this topic has received increasing attention over the past few decades from scholars of other religious traditions. However, other than the substantial amount of scholarship on the miraculous nature of the Quran, the concept of the miracle itself in Islamic thought is relatively understudied. Drawing on a wide selection of papers given by experts in different areas of Islamic Studies that relate to this topic, this interdisciplinary workshop aimed to help shed light on this relatively undiscovered frontier in Islamic thought. 

For full details please see HERE.

For the programme please see HERE.

For a summary of the event, please see HERE.


BRAIS Workshop: On the Importance of Being Islamic: Shahab Ahmed’s What is Islam? and the future of Islamic Studies

4th May 2017

Shahab Ahmed's posthumous What is Islam? starts with a problem:  Is Sufi pantheism ‘Islamic’?  Should we call philosophical exploration, figural art and drinking wine - all activities highly valorized by many pre-modern Muslims, ‘Islamic’? And if so, what do we actually mean?

Historically, ‘Islam’ was not merely a religious system, a cultural set of symbols, or a code of law. All these conceptualizations, Ahmed argues, fail to capture the distinctive and paradoxical qualities of the Islamic tradition. Instead, Islamic tradition encompassed different ways of exploring God’s design behind scripture, and conflicting contextual readings and ways of making meanings of text and pre-text.

This one-day workshop brought together leading scholars of Islam in the UK to comment, discuss, and critique this ambitious and eccentric book, and to explore its radical implications for the very framework of Islamic Studies in teaching and research.


For full details, including a video recording of the event, please see HERE.

For the programme please see HERE.



BRAIS Workshop: Producing Knowledge about Islam in Europe: Epistemology, Methodology, Reflexivity

25th April 2017

This inter-disciplinary workshop presented a welcome opportunity for postgraduate students undertaking cutting-edge research to come together in order to examine in depth researcher-specific issues in the field of Islam and Muslims in Europe.

For full details please see HERE.

For the full programme please see HERE.

For a poster about the event please see HERE.