Transnational Islam and Challenges of Being Muslim Ummah - 6th International ILEM Summer School (IISS)

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Call for Papers
May 10, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Social Sciences


The International ILEM Summer School (IISS), which addresses major themes and issues of the Islamic World in every year. The 6th IISS will occur in the Summer of 2019 and its major theme is “Transnational Islam and Challenges of Being Muslim Ummah.” The intellectual and political imagination of classical and contemporary Islamic thought has played an important role in the creation and continuation of the Muslim Ummah, and its complex relationship to the “Other” throughout history. Aiming to make Muslims united, this mission enables the transnational understandings and identities of Islam(s) / Muslim(s) with new projections and also makes it compulsory to produce new policies. In this summer school, the ideal of being an Ummah, and the challenges faced by this ideal in the light of contemporary developments, will be discussed with special emphases on Theoretical Frameworks, Contemporary Debates and Future Projections.


Topics of Interest Include the Following:

  • Transnational Networks in the Islamic World
  • Transnational Organizations and Agencies in the Islamic World 
  • Culture, Translation, and Reception in the Islamic World
  • Transnational and Global Histories of the Modern Islamic Thought
  • The Historical Process of Idealization of Being Ummah
  • Transnational Intellectual Mobilities and Networks of Muslim Scholars
  • The Age of Ummah: Common Demographic Indicators of the Muslim People
  • Redefining the Concept of Ummah
  • Sociological and Political Dimension of Ummah  
  • Theoretical and Philosophical Debates on the Muslim World
  • Globalization, Localization, and Islam
  • Nationalism, Sectarianism, and Secularism in the Muslim World
  • Muslim Communities in the Non-Muslim Countries 
  • Muslim and Non-Muslim Minorities in the Muslim World
  • Islam, Politics, and Law in the West


Admission Criteria and Opportunity for Participants

We invite graduate students and junior scholars from the fields of philosophy, law, theology, political science, history, sociology, and other related disciplines. Accepted applicants will be expected to participate and present a paper in the program. We aim to produce a pioneering book volume(s) that breaks new ground in this field from the papers produced as a result of Summer School sessions.


Important Dates

Deadline for Proposal (3-4 pages) Submission: 10 May 2019

Notification of Proposal Acceptance: 20 May 2019

Submission Deadline for the Final Version of Proceeding Papers: 20 June 2019

Notification of Final Paper Acceptance: 1 July 2019

Announcement of Summer School Program: 10 July 2019

Summer School Dates: 29 July 2019 - 04 August 2019




Contact Info: 

Burak Yuvalı, Academic Event and Education Coordinator – Scientific Studies Association (ILEM)

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