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Call for Papers

International workshop: Modern Preaching of Islam: Salafis, Islamic Movements, Muslim States

University of Haifa, 6-8 January 2015.
Conveners: Itzchak Weismann, Jamal Malik, Dina Lisnyansky

This workshop will focus on one of the major features of Islamic  activism in modern  times: the phenomenon of da'wah. Islam  is a missionary religion, and from the Prophet's days on Muslims engaged in calling other people to Islam. In the twentieth century da'wah reemerges as the foremost conceptualization of this effort in the face of the challenges posed on Muslims by the forces of modernity, Westernization, secularism and Christian and other religions' missions. Turning largely inwards, to the Muslims themselves, Da'wah has been promoted by Salafi thinkers, Islamic associations, and Muslim states alike throughout the Muslim world and beyond. Its momentous transformation at their hand is associated with new media and the formation of Muslim public spheres, the rise of religious ideologies and new religious movements, and the establishment of nation-state school systems and bureaucracies as well as international organizations.

The aim of this workshop is to examine and seek to appreciate in anthropological, historical, interdisciplinary and comparative approaches the various manifestations of modern da'wah. Among the issues we would like to address in the workshop are:

- Salafi and other Islamist discourses of da'wah.
- Practices of da'wah by Islamic  movements in local, translocal, and global contexts.
- State sponsorship of da'wah on the national and international levels.
- The contribution of ulama to the legal and theological articulation of da'wah.
- Continuities and breaks between modern  and older forms of preaching of Islam (khutbas, al-amr bi'l-ma'ruf, Sufi irshad, etc.).
- Da'wah faculties and programs in madrasas and universities.
- The interface between da'wah and identity, ethnicity, class and gender.
- Da'wah and politics.
- Verbal and non-verbal forms of da'wah.
- Everyday practices of da'wah.
- Real and virtual networks of da'wah.
- The role of Christian missionaries in the development of da'wah.
- The relationships between da'wah and jihad.
- Da'wah in Muslim minority countries and in the West.


If you are interested in participating, please send us your short CV and a 400 word abstract (sent by e-mail as one PDF file) by 31 December 2013 to Accepted proposals will be notified by mid-February 2013. The final date for the submission of the full paper will be 15 June 2014. It is our intention to publish papers in an edited volume on da'wah.

For accepted papers, funding may be available for return flight (economy class) and hotel accommodation.

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