Revisiting Sunni and Shi'ah: Thoughts, Spirituality, and New Movements

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Call for Papers
October 3, 2015
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology


The Eighth Al-Jami’ah International Conference in collaboration with Kyoto University

Revisiting Sunni and Shi'ah: Thoughts, Spirituality, and New Movements

Revisiting the two dominating major trends in Islamic worlds, Sunni and Shi’a is always relevant and timely in the nowadays academic discussion in many disciplines of social sciences and humanity studies. Generally speaking, Sunni has become the majority population of Islam in many countries, whereas Shi’a, with the exception of Iran, is often regarded as minority. Along the history of Islam, the categories of Sunni and Shi’a dominate the main division in the discussion of Islamic studies, and the two indeed offer differences in religious doctrines and in institutionalizing their traditions, which often lead to tensions and conflicts involving religious intolerance and violence. Nowadays studies show that conflict and tension occurred in many parts of Muslim countries, in which Sunnite serves as the majority, whereas minority Shi’a’s rights are often ignored.

In collaboration with Kyoto University, Al-Jami’ah is holding the eighth annual international conference, revisiting the issues of Sunni and Shi’a as the theme of the discussion. The conference will discuss various issues of the two, including the history of the Sunni and Shi’a, the differences and similarities of religious beliefs and practices of each, conflict and tension between the followers of the two, current issues arising from the development of Sunni-Shi’a relation, and other new movements or trends deriving from the two’s traditions. The conference will bring together and invite scholars who are specialized interested in these issues.

All the issues related to Sunni and Shi’a are welcome, such as:

  1. The classical and modern issues of Sunni and Shi’a;
  2. Religious doctrines of Sunni and Shi’a which may include
    1. Ideology
    2. Islamic law
    3. Religious observance
  3. The practice of Sunni and Shi’a in various Muslim countries;
  4. The conflict, tension, and peaceful relations between Sunni and Shi’a;
  5. Various schools within Sunni and Shi’a;
  6. New religious movements arising from the two trends;
  7. Sunnite and Shi’ite institutions
  8. Sufism and philosophy in the Sunnite and Shi’ite’s traditions
  9. State’s policies and attitudes toward Sunnite and Shi’ite division
  10. Education in Sunnite and Shi’ite society,

Other possible relevant themes and issues are also welcome

The schedule and venue of conference

The conference will be held on 6-8 November 2015

The venue is Yogyakarta (specific place will be announced)

Abstract’s acceptance and selection

Abstract acceptance: 1 August – 3 October 2015

Announcement of the accepted abstract:  12 October 2015

Contact Info: 

Euis Nurlaelawati

Al-Jami'ah Research Centre, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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