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Irmgard Coninx Prize Fellowship for Transregional Studies 2019/2020

Irmgard Coninx Prize Fellowship for Transregional Studies 2019/2020

The Forum Transregionale Studien and the Irmgard Coninx Foundation invite postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences to apply for the Irmgard Coninx Prize Fellowship with a project that relates disciplinary and area-based knowledge in an exemplary way. The prize consists of a research fellowship of up to ten months and the possibility to participate in the scholarly activities of the Forum. The proposed research project should relate to one of the following programms at the Forum:

Europe in the Middle East — The Middle East in Europe (EUME) or
Prisma Ukraïna– Research Network Eastern Europe

Please find the announcement below as well as a PDF file via the following link:

We would be grateful if you could distribute the announcement among your institution and, also via e-mail, among colleagues and scholars of whom you think would be qualified and interested in applying.

With my best regards
Georges Khalil
P.S. My apologies for double postings

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Law and Social Change Visiting Fellowships

Visiting Fellowships 2019-2020
Applications due February 1, 2019

Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change invites applications for Visiting Fellowships for the 2019-2020 academic year. This fellowship provides opportunities for outstanding scholars and legal practitioners to undertake research, writing, and scholarly engagement on Islamic law and society. We are particularly interested in applicants whose work focuses on human rights, women’s rights, children’s rights, minority rights, animal welfare and rights, constitutional law, food law, environmental law and climate change in particular, migration and refugee studies, LGBTQ issues, and related areas.

We welcome applicants with a JD, LLM, SJD, PhD or other comparable degree who are interested in spending from one month up to one academic year in residence at Harvard Law School working on an independent project. We seek applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, academic traditions, and scholarly interests.

Fellows will receive a stipend of up to $5,000 per month, commensurate with their education and experience. While Fellows will devote the majority of their time to their research projects, they are expected to participate in Program activities and contribute to the intellectual life of the Program.  Fellows are expected to deliver a lecture or workshop related to their topic of interest. Under certain conditions, an ILSP: LSC fellowship may be combined with another fellowship or award.

The deadline to submit all application materials (including letters of recommendation) is February 1, 2019 to be considered for a fellowship term during the 2019-2020 academic year. Click here for additional information and how to apply.

Deadline: February 1, 2019

Sufism and Philosophy: Historical Interactions and Crosspollinations

The intellectual history of Sufism is intertwined with that of philosophy in the Islamic world. This conference will explore and re-examine the relationship between Sufism and philosophy.

From the mystical strains in the writings of Avicenna and Ibn Ṭufayl to the philosophical Sufism of Ibn ʿArabī’s school, the encounter between Islamic mysticism and philosophy has produced a rich nexus of mutual influence and rapprochement, as well as polemical engagement and debate.

Despite the extent and significance of such interactions, modern scholars in the fields of Sufism and Islamic philosophy alike have often been reluctant to venture beyond the conventional boundaries of their respective disciplines and investigate the links that tie Sufi thought to the philosophical traditions of the Muslim world. The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for a cross-disciplinary exploration and re-examination of the relationship between Sufism and philosophy. Key discussion-points include: A) Sufism’s reception of ancient and late antique philosophical traditions. When did this process begin, how did it manifest itself, and through which channels did it occur? B) Falsafa’s interaction with classical Sufism. What impact did the mystical aspects of Avicenna’s thought have on the subsequent development of Islamic philosophy? Have such aspects been over-emphasized or under-estimated? C) ‘Philosophical Sufism’ in the post-classical era. How apt is this label? To what extent did the members of Ibn ʿArabī’s school adopt or engage with theories propounded by al-Fārābī, Avicenna, Suhrawardī or the Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʾ?
Confirmed speakers include:…. Read more

The 7th International Conference on Contemporary Philosophy of Religion

The 7th International Conference on Contemporary Philosophy of Religion
Tehran, Iran, ” Kharazmi University” at 29-30 January 2019


– Nature of Comparative Philosophy of Religion

– Possibility of Comparative Philosophy of Religion

– Methodology of Comparative Philosophy of Religion

– Presuppositions of Comparative Philosophy of Religion

– Type of Religion and its Influence on Issues of Philosophy of Religion

– Definition of Religion in Different Philosophies of Religion


– Concept of God/Ultimate Reality/the Holy

– Arguments of the Existence of God/Ultimate Reality/the Holy

– Religious Experience and Revelation

– the Afterlife (Immortality)

– The Problem of Evil

– Reason and Faith

– Relationship between God and Nature (Universe)

– Language of Religion (Religious Language)

Time: 29-30 January 2019

Venue: Kharazmi University, Moffateh Avenue, Tehran, Iran

Conference website:


Proposals of papers should consist of a title, a 300-350 word abstract, at least 3 keywords, and the author’s affiliation and email address.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 December 2018

Deadline for Submission of Full Text of Speech (1500-2000 words): 31 December 2018


– Please submit proposals (in both MS Word and PDF formats) to

– After getting acceptance of the previously submitted proposal, one needs to register through the Registration tab on the left menu. In order to get information about conference’s Academic Board, Suggestions for Accommodation, Visa Application Procedure etc. please refer to the correspondent tabs on the left menu.

Please direct your inquiries to the following email address:

Deadline: 31 December 2018

Redemptive Suffering in Islam: A Study of the Devotional Aspects of ‘Ashura’ in Twelver Shi’ism

It is with the meaning of the suffering and martyrdom of Imam Hussein, grandson of the prophet and spiritual head of the Shiite community, that this study will be concerned. His martyrdom has been seen by Shiites as necessary to the fulfillment of his role as Imam; without it he could not have become the paradigm of selfless sacrifice, the measure of truth and falsehood, nor the intercessor on the Day of Judgment for his followers. The question to be investigated is in what way his martyrdom has been regarded as redemptive. The investigation will deal with representative classical and medieval devotional materials, beginning with the earliest available sources from the fourth century A.H., and ending with the writings of the ninth century A.H., just prior to the consolidation of Shi’i Islam as the state of religion of Iran under the Safavid.

Opportunity for Scholars (Fellowship) – School of Historical Studies Membership

Fellowship with the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study (2019 | Princeton, NJ). School of Historical Studies, Opportunities for Scholars 2019-2020. The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations. Scholars from around the world come to the Institute to pursue their own research. Candidates of any nationality may apply for a single term or a full academic year. Scholars may apply for a stipend, but those with sabbatical funding, other grants, retirement funding or other means are also invited to apply for a non-stipendiary membership. Some short-term visitorships (for less than a full term, and without stipend) are also available on an ad-hoc basis. Open to all fields of historical research, the School of Historical Studies’ principal interests are Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, the history of science and philosophy, modern international relations and music studies.  Residence in Princeton during term time is required. The only other obligation of Members is to pursue their own research. The Ph.D. (or equivalent) and substantial publications are required. Inquiries sent by post should be addressed to the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Dr., Princeton, N.J. 08540 (E-mail address: Applications are due 14 Oct 2018 , details in:

Deadline: Oct 14, 2018

In Search of Ali ibn Abi Talib’s Codex: History and Traditions of the Earliest Copy of the Qur’an

The history of the text of the Qur’an has been a longstanding subject of interest within the field of Islamic Studies, but the debate has so far been focused on the Sunni traditions about the codices of Caliphs AbūBakrandʿUthmānb.ʿAffān. Little to no attention has been given to the traditions onʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib’s collection of the Qur’an. This book examines both Shiʿi and Sunni traditions on the issue, aiming to date them back to the earliest possible date and, if possible, verify their authenticity. To achieve this, the traditions are examined using Harald Motzki’sisnād-cum-matn method, which is recognised as an efficient tool in dating the early Islamic traditions and involves analysis of both matn (text) and isnād(chain of trans-mission) with an emphasis on finding a correlation between the two. “Kara’s application of hadith criticism to Shi‘i sources is innovative as well as constructive. Respectful of others’ contributions, he nonetheless subverts conventional sceptical and starkly sectarianised approaches to  scriptural textual history.”


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