Sacred Challenging Topics in Judaism, Christianity, Islam

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Call for Papers
October 1, 2017
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Islamic History / Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology

Sacred Challenging Topics in Judaism, Christianity, Islam

Deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
American Academy of Religion - Western Region
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American Academy of Religion Western Region
Institute of Buddhist Studies
Berkeley, California
23-25 March 2018
A Joint Panel with Jewish, Catholic, and Islamic Studies


Sacred Challenging Topics in Judaism, Christianity, Islam CFP

In today’s violent world, many scholars of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam seek to reinterpret their respective sacred texts towards religiously legitimizing kindness, compassion, acceptance, and respect vis-à-vis other faith communities. Although the goal is to present a spectrum of insights, this panel’s focus is text-based. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following: racism, domestic violence, purity/impurity, polemics, asceticism, atonement, sexuality, heretics, LGBTQ issues, misogyny, and good and evil. The problem in extending charity or good will towards others is that these very principles, similar to other ideals such as “justice” or “beauty,” ultimately are relative. Clearly, what the “host” intends to be an act of charity might fall far from the mark of what the “recipient” needs or wants. This panel explores the challenges embedded in the concept of religious kindness.

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All presenters and attendees must register for the conference. You do not need to be an American Academy of Religion (AAR) member in order to attend the AAR/WR Annual Conference.  However, panelists and unit chairs must be or become AAR members in order to present. 

Monday, October 1, 2017, is the deadline for submitting proposals via e-mail to unit chairs for papers for the 2018 AARWR Conference. Proposals or abstracts should be no more than 250 words in length and, along with participant forms, should be sent as an attachment to unit chair(s) at the e-mail addresses provided below. You may only submit one proposal for the conference. However, if your paper is not accepted for this panel, a home for your paper elsewhere on a related panel will be sought. Here is a link to presenter guidelines:

For Judaism Studies related proposals, send to: Roberta Sabbath at and Victoria Balmes at For Christianity Studies related proposals, send to: Eva Braunstein at For Islamic Studies related proposals, send to Dr. Souad T. Ali at and Dr. Sophia Pandya at

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