Bangsamoro is composed of Muslim minority groups that is predominantly located in Southern Philippines (i.e. Mindanao). It has a distinct milieu with its own history, traditions, mores, knowledge system and socio-political environments embedded within and guided by their normative and cultural interpretations of Islam. Although, it is contested whether their past is part of the historical memories of the Philippines since the inception of the Malolos Republic in 1899 or represented, for example, in the national flag and emblems. While, some argued that Bangsamoro should form part of the Philippines’ political foundation in order to address historical injustices committed against them.
The Moro peoples are continuously shaped by their Islamic faith, customs, identities, laws, political affiliations, interactions with non-Muslims, decades-long negotiations with the national government, operations and implementation of the ARMM, and contemporary international image of Islam mostly represented by Middle Eastern countries. They faced utmost challenges of poverty, lack of educational support, non-existing political leadership/will, graft and corruptions of their political elites, scarcity of economic resources, crimes, rampant illegal drugs, warring factions of dominant clans (or rido), and the incessant human and environmental/territorial conflicts including insurgencies from armed groups.
It is in this regard that the project welcome proposals, but not limited to the following themes and topics:
- Pre-Islamic Bangsamoro;
- Sate of Bangsamoro during the Pre-Colonial Philippines;
- State of Bangsamoro during the Colonial Philippines;
- Bangsamoro under the Independent Philippines;
- Emergence, evolution and present status of MNLF and MILF including prospects for union or collaborations;
- Negotiations with the Philippine government and its signed agreements (e.g. BBL) so far;
- The dominant political Moro clans/elites and their impact to a future Bangsamoro polity;
- Socio-political relations between and among the Maranaos, Tausugs and Maguindanaons;
- Bangsamoro and the international community (OIC, ASEAN, UN, EU, etc.);
- Issue areas such as shari’ah, Islamic jurisprudence, roles of Moro scholars and public intellectuals, Islamic state/polity, food security, finance, education, health, environment, climate change (global warming), women, youth, LGBT, human rights, extremism, terrorism, among others;
- Prospect of future insurgent groups similar to MNLF/MILF;
- And, prospect for future Bangsamoro polity within the context of their political arrangement(s) with the Philippine’s executive/legislative/judicial branches of government.
This is arguably the first-ever edited collection featuring 15-20 articles which will be available online and in paperback versions at a very minimal cost via the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Through Amazon it will be available in book stores worldwide so as to ensure the widest dissemination.
I anticipate to receive abstracts of around 250 words sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 April 2016. The abstract must contain your research questions, supporting details and methods in answering those posited questions, and conclusion. Please also send me a brief author biography via an attached CV or a link to your academic webpage.
The guide length of commissioned articles will be between 4500 and 6500 words inclusive of footnotes and bibliography. Notification of results will be made within four weeks after the submission deadline. Sales of this edited book will be equally distributed to all authors via transparent and regular updates provided by Amazon’s KDP.