Conference: “Words Laying Down the Law”

Translating Arabic Legal Discourse

The Governance Programme at the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations invites papers in the disciplines of legal anthropology, law and comparative law, legal pragmatics, sociolinguistics and discourse analysis, politics and translation studies for a two-day conference on translations of legal discourse in Arabic-speaking contexts.

Deadline for papers: 31 May 2019
Notifications of acceptance: 1 June 2019
Deadline for registration: 1 July 2019

Workshop: “Professional Mobility in the Islamic Lands (900-1600): ʿulamāʾ, udabāʾ, and Administrators”

This workshop is interested in papers that consider the following questions:

  • How and when did the madrasas start producing bureaucrats?
  • What did getting close to political authority entail for the ʿulamāʾ?
  • How did offers for higher appointments travel in Islamic lands?
  • How did the competition between ruling elites and households impact this professional mobility?
  • Etc.

Deadline for abstracts: 15 September 2018 (300 words or less)



Find the full call for papers here.




Symposium: Slavery, Liberation and Islamic Law in the Middle East and Beyond

This one day multi-disciplinary symposium will bring together scholars and students to address various topics related to slavery and liberation. The symposium also proffers new research approaches and methodologies.

Papers on the following general themes are currently being accepted:

  • Slavery, abolition, liberation
  • Islamic law and slavery
  • Colonialism and its legacy
  • Racism and discrimination
  • Justice and human rights
  • Education
  • Culture and arts
  • Economic empowerment

Please send your abstract (maximum 300 words), including a title, together with a brief CV and biography to Professor Behnaz Mirzai at

Conference: “Uses of the Past in Islamic Law”

Screenshot Website USPPIP-Project

Screenshot Website USPPIP-Project

The conference of the USPPIP Project (Understanding Shari’a: Perfect Past, Imperfect Present) is free to attend but registration is necessary.

Please register by sending an email to: detailing which days/sessions you will be attending. Registration is open until 1 pm UK time on Friday, 21 September.

You can find more details in the conference programme here.

Internationale Konferenz: Innovative Approaches in Islamic Sciences and Education

Flyer für die Internationale Konferenz: Innovative Approaches in Islamic Sciences and EducationThe conference has two main goals:

First, to allow an interdisciplinary discussion about new ways and approaches to re-think and re-interpret the rich legacy and history of traditional Islamic scholarship in the contemporary world. In this regard, we are particularly interested in discussing whether, and to what extent, an innovation within the diverse intellectual legacy of traditional Islamic scholarship is possible today.

And second, to contribute to the ongoing academic reflection about the improvement of the quality of Islamic education and the development of better curricula for religious research and teaching institutions. Our main focus here is, how to improve both the theoretical and practical parts of the teaching of Islamic subjects, in a way that allows us to meet the needs of our changing societies. Thus, we would like to open the floor also to religious education scholars to discuss the new educational methods and principles in their respective fields.

Deadline for registration: 8 September 2018

Registration deadline for conference ends soon

Flyer für die Internationale Konferenz: Innovative Approaches in Islamic Sciences and Education“Innovative Approaches in Islamic Sciences and Education” – the registration deadline for the conference ends on 8 September.

The international conference will be held from 20–22 September at the Institute of Islamic Theology, University of Osnabrück.

Here you will find all the details in our event calendar.

Here you will find the event program with all contact information of the organizer.