Governance and Islam in East Africa: Muslims and the State

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Call for Papers
January 17, 2018 to January 18, 2018
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Political Science, Government and Public Service, Law and Legal History
The Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (ISMC) and East African Institute (EAI) seek to bring together academics, civil society actors and policy-makers to explore the relationship between governance and Muslims in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in contemporary times.
Recent studies of Muslims in East Africa have tended largely to explore two main approaches. The focus has been either to study Muslims in relation to security issues, or to explore the reforms attempted within the communities and their implications for Muslim theology, rituals and general welfare.
However, a third approach, which has hitherto received less attention, is the relationship between Muslims and the governance of the countries in which they reside as citizens or residents. Such an approach, inclusive also of the other two dimensions, permits us to view the attitudes and activities of Muslims both in relation to themselves and to the various challenges they face in common with their fellow compatriots and citizens.
This approach will be addressed through the broad themes of institutions, law and politics and discussed in keynote conversations convened by, among others, Farouk Topan, Alex Awiti, Erin Stiles, Hassan Mwakimako, and Kai Kresse.
We welcome paper submissions on a broad range of topics under these themes.
Submission of Proposals
Papers are invited within the conference themes and accepted papers will be grouped into panels, with each speaker having 20 minutes to present their paper. Interested individuals should submit proposals to by 31 August 2017. There is no conference fee and all conference meals will be covered. We will inform you if you paper has been accepted by the end of September 2017.
Contact Info: 

Charlotte Whiting, Manager, Governance Programme, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations