CfP: Religious, Ethical and Cultural Diversity - Edited Volume

Ayse Zisan Furat's picture
Call for Papers
April 1, 2019 to May 15, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Islamic History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Social Sciences

--apologies for cross-posting--



Religious, Ethical and Cultural Diversity  (Edited Volume to-be-published by IUPRESS in 2019)

Editors: Şinasi Gündüz, Enes Karić, Ayşe Zişan Furat



Contemporary societies are much prone to the process of intensifying cultural and religious divergence influenced by the expanding communication media outreach, current migration waves and increased population mobility. Although the advance of media connectivity and its growing impact provide for never-seen-before interacting opportunities between the various cultural and religious entities and official bodies, the latest regional crises in the region of the broader Middle East and the concomitant aggravating social, political and economic dynamics have led to the rapid diversification of local and regional cultural and religious settings. Thus, not only have the metropolitan areas been affected by the increased population mobility, but almost every city center around the globe has become a cross-point for growing religious, ethical and cultural diversities. Cross-points where indigenous cultural and religious norms have encountered novel values and beliefs – a process that has the potential for not only pushing the boundaries of the existing social relations but also for exacerbating the underlying encounters.

The latter are accentuated by the growing discord between generated-over-time prejudices, racist discourses, enmity and public anxieties about terrorism fueled by ultra-nationalistic, conservative and white-supremacy tendencies against the refugees, foreign workers and various religious and ethnic groups, on the one side, and the extreme religious interpretations and growing faith-based radicalism, on the other. Thus, the envisaged volume aims to explore the underlying converging features of religious, ethical and cultural diversity that would provide for maintaining the fabric of our societies and guarantee their further peaceful development. 


We welcome book chapter contributions focused (but not exclusively) on the following themes: 

  • Diversification of traditional cultural/societal structures
  • Cultural, religious and ethical pluralism 
  • Globalization and worldwide policies of religion
  • Migration and monopolist social structures
  • Religious, ethical and cultural ethical issues regarding the refugees
  • Minority and gender issues in the process of diversification
  • Theological implications for encountering the other 
  • Global and secular ethics: theoretical and practical considerations
  • Transformation of indigenous ethical values 
  • Secularization of traditional religious systems  
  • Religious education policies in multi-cultural societies


Important Dates:

Proposal Submission Deadline:  May 15, 2019

Full Chapters are due by October 15, 2019

Envisaged Date for Publication: End of 2019

Submission Procedure: 

Deadline for book chapter proposal submissions:  May 15, 2019. 

Proposals, limited to 1000 words, should explicitly elaborate on the aim, scope and the methodology of the chapter, and be sent through the e-mail address provided below. Notifications regarding the status of the chapter proposal will be made available to authors by May 30, 2019. 

Deadline for full chapters:  October 15, 2019. 

Detailed guidelines for the authors will be provided through electronic correspondences.

Chapter submissions must not exceed 25 pages, including bibliography and appendix. 

The peer review process is at the core of publishing at Istanbul University Press. All books and journals published by Istanbul University Press are subject to double blind peer-review process. The finalized work is planned to be submitted to Web of Science Book Citation Index based on Istanbul University Press agreement with the book citation index authorities. To contribute to the dissemination of the ever-growing scientific knowledge, Istanbul University Press follows an open access, non-commercial, scholarly publishing.


E-mail address:

Contact Info: 

Ayse Zisan Furat, MA, PhD
Istanbul University, Faculty of Theology
Associate Professor of Religious Education 

Contact Email: