ICMA Conference

The Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding of Georgetown University and the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation of Charles Sturt University in collaboration with Comparative Islamic Studies (Equinox Journal) are pleased to host an online conference on Isnād-cum-matn Analysis (ICMA) as a Method in Contemporary Hadith Studies on 27-28 January 2024.

Western academic scholarship on the origin and transmission of hadith and traditional Muslim hadith methodologies of authentication, though studying the same body of literature, often operate in disconnected universes. It is of scholarly importance to academic development and for the continued vibrancy of the hadith tradition, as practiced by Muslim ulema, that dialogue continues between the two. Conferences aiming to do so, such as the one at Pembroke College, Oxford in 2019 on the topic of Modern Hadith Studies between Arabophone and Western scholarship, are a welcome effort, though the field remains siloed.

Since the academic movement is most closely associated with the work of Harold Motzki from the 1990s, there has been a shift beyond the so-called ‘skeptical’ school with respect to hadith using the technique of ICMA. This method analyses the variation of hadith texts according to their paths of transmission, seeking to provide a reliable date for the time at which a hadith was first in common circulation (as witnessed by its corroborated chains). Scholars with a range of theoretical perspectives have used this methodology to analyze and in particular, date hadiths on various topics. The method is commonly used to recover as much as possible of the hadith corpus as a viable historical source for the first two centuries of Islam, even though the canonical compilations date mainly to the third century and later. Though ICMA has received positive reception, especially in the context of the prior prevailing academic skepticism about hadith, critical voices have been raised. Some scholars have argued for the continuation of a more skeptical attitude towards the transmission of hadith, based on the ways that fabricated reports and chains can enter the corpus. Others have suggested that Motzki’s focus on full textual corroboration does not go far enough and other techniques, including those used within the Islamic intellectual tradition, could be legitimately added to date hadiths earlier still. Finally, some scholars defend the integrity of the canonical hadith collections as a whole.

This conference will provide a forum for the assessment of an international group of experts on hadith, from a variety of backgrounds and theoretical perspectives. The intention is to provide a ‘state of the art’ appraisal of ICMA within hadith studies and related academic disciplines, with selected papers published with the blind peer reviewed journal Comparative Islamic Studies.

The conference invites papers on a range of methodological and historiographical inquiries surrounding the use of ICMA in the field of hadith studies. While case studies involving the application of the method to specific hadith clusters is likely to feature in many of the papers, the intended focus is the broader question of method. The ability to advance questions of hadith methodology through the analysis of specific traditions is modelled by Motzki’s pioneering contributions to the field.

Papers are requested on topics addressing questions such as:

  • How has ICMA been received in hadith studies in the past three decades?
  • What is the epistemic status of ICMA analysis?
  • What does ICMA reveal about the common links of hadith?
  • What are the advantages and limitations of the technique, and the scope of its application?
  • Are there similar techniques to the ICMA in classical Muslim scholarship and have they yielded the same results?
  • What are the challenges of conducting ICMA and can technology, such as electronic databases and AI generated tools, contribute to the development of reliable tools?
  • How does ICMA relate to the historiographical reception of hadith in academic circles and the hadith canon in Islamic religious tradition?

These topics are intended to be taken broadly and papers on ICMA from different theoretical, methodological and empirical perspectives are also welcome.

  • Call for abstracts deadline: 31 August 2023
  • Announcement of accepted papers: 18 September 2023
  • Online Conference: 27-28 January 2024
  • Manuscript submission deadline: 31 March 2024

Journal of Palestinian Christianity

Articles can be written in either Arabic or English, and after a full peer review process will be translated into the other language by the editorial team. A conference will be organised to celebrate the published articles and to generate dialogue around them. Potential themes may include, but are not limited to:

– History and Heritage

– Ecumenical relations

– Christian-Muslim relations

– Christian-Jewish relations

– Identity and belonging

– Sacred space

– Worship and practice

– Biblical/textual engagement

– Palestinian contextual and liberation theology

– Migration and transnational relations

– Clergy-laity relations

– Political legacy and engagement

– Law

– Literature and the arts

– Popular culture

– Church history

– Arab Christianity in Palestine


Submission Details:

The call for papers is for two issues: a general issue and special issue.

General: Interested authors for the general issue are welcome to submit their articles or consult the editorial committee by sending an abstract to the following email j.munayer@bethbc.edu. Please include your name and any institutional and other affiliation with your proposed title, abstract and article. The editors will contact you and discuss further details on accepted proposals and articles. Any questions may be directed to the email above. Submissions can be made in English (5,000-7,000 words) or Arabic (3,500-5,500 words). Deadline for draft articles: 28th of February 2023. The journal’s style guide and other submission guidelines are available at jpc.bethbc.edu.

Special: The second issue will be a special issue on the history of Christian communities in and of Palestine and the relationship with Empire – be it Ottoman, British or others – between 1850 and 1948. How did Palestinian Christian individuals and communities interact with imperial institutions and forces? In what ways have they suffered from or benefitted by imperial dynamics in the region? And what have the implications of these relations been for internal interactions within Christian communities and institutions themselves? Submissions are welcome from all historical perspectives, including political history, historical anthropology, intellectual history or theological and social histories. Submissions can be made in English (5,000-7,000 words) or Arabic (3,500-5,500 words). Deadline for draft articles: 31st August 2023; initial enquiries are welcome to Dr. Sarah Irving at sarah.irving@staffs.ac.uk. The journal’s style guide and other submission guidelines are available at jpc.bethbc.edu.

More information on the journal can be found at: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Call-for-Papers–Journal-of-Palestinian-Christianity.html?soid=1123649319126&aid=Mj8Ws0YEOcQ


Location: Berlin
Closing Date: 25 January, 2023

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for up to five postdoctoral fellowships for the academic year 2023/2024 for the research program


EUME seeks to rethink key concepts and premises that link and divide Europe and the Middle East. The program draws on the international expertise of a growing network of scholars in and outside of Germany and is embedded in university and extra-university research institutions in and outside of Berlin. EUME supports historical-critical philology, rigorous engagement with the literatures of the Middle East and their histories, the social history and life of cities and the study of Middle Eastern political and philosophical thought as central fields of research not only for area or cultural studies, but also for European intellectual history and other academic disciplines. The program explores modernity as a historical space and conceptual frame. EUME is interested in questions relating to ongoing transformation processes in Europe and the Middle East, in re-imaginations of the past and present that contribute to free, pluralistic and just societies.

The program puts forward three programmatic ideas:

1) supporting research that demonstrates the rich and complex historical legacies and entanglements between Europe and the Middle East; 2) re-examining genealogical notions of mythical ‘origins’, and ‘purity’ in relation to culture and society; and 3) rethinking key concepts of a shared modernity and future in light of contemporary cultural, social, and political divisions and entanglements that supersede identity discourses as well as national, cultural or regional canons and epistemologies that were established in the nineteenth century.

EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST—THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE supports and rests upon interconnected research fields and themes that mark the open framework for the fellowship program that constitutes EUME:

represented by Friederike Pannewick (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies/Department for Arabic Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg) and Samah Selim (Rutgers University) reassesses literary entanglements and processes of translation and canonization between Europe and the Middle East.

represented by Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi (both Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin) contributes to the debates on civil society, deliberation, opinion formation, citizenship, migration and mobilization from the experience of cultural and religious differences in cities around the Mediterranean and beyond.

represented by Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva) tries to rethink key concepts of modernity in the context of experiences, interpretations, and critiques from the Middle East in order to contribute to a more inclusive language of culture, politics and community.

are research themes that emerged during the last years and are represented by the work of several EUME Fellows and members of the Collegium (e.g. Cilja Harders, Friederike Pannewick, Rachid Ouaissa).

Since 1997, more than 350 scholars from and of the Middle East have been EUME Fellows, who, by their scholarly projects, engagement, and their inquiries into the order of knowledge, society and politics, shape the academic program of EUME that is coordinated by Georges Khalil, Jessica Metz, Claudia Pfitzner and Wiebke Harlis at the Forum Transregionale Studien. 


The fellowships are intended primarily for scholars in the humanities and social sciences who want to carry out their research projects in connection with the Berlin program. The fellowships are intended to contribute to the mobility of researchers, and are primarily addressed to scholars from outside Germany. We especially encourage scholars from the Middle East to apply.

Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level and should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years. Fellows gain the opportunity to pursue research projects of their own choice within the framework of EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST—THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE. Successful applicants will be fellows of EUME at the Forum Transregionale Studien, and associate members of one of the university or non-university research institutes listed below or connected to the Forum Transregionale Studien.

The fellowships start on 1 October 2023 and will end on 31 July 2024. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 2,500 € plus supplements depending on their personal situation. Organizational support regarding visas, insurance, housing, etc. will be provided. Fellows are obliged to work in Berlin and to help shape the seminars and working discussions related to their research field. The working language of EUME is English.

As the number of fellowships is limited we invite interested scholars to apply with their own or for external funding. If this may be an option, please contact us.

We kindly ask you to submit your application via the secure online application platform of the Forum Transregionale Studien by 25 January 2023, 12.00h (noon) CET:


Please note that applications by email will not be considered.

As part of your application, you will be asked to prepare and upload the following:

— a curriculum vitae (including a list of publications);
— a project description (no longer than 5 pages), stating what the scholar will work on in Berlin if granted a fellowship, and
— the names of two university faculty members who can serve as referees (no letters of recommendation required).

In case of questions, please consult the FAQ or send an email to eume@trafo-berlin.de.

EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST—THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE (EUME) has been initiated in 2006 as a joint research program of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. It builds upon the previous work of the Working Group Modernity and Islam (1996-2006). Since 2011 EUME is continued at the Forum Transregionale Studien.

In scholarly terms EUME is steered by a Collegium that currently consists of Ulrike Freitag (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin), Cilja Harders (Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin), Nora Lafi (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin), Rachid Ouaissa (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg / MECAM – Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb), Friederike Pannewick (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg), Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva), Samah Selim (Rutgers University), and Stefan Weber (Museum for Islamic Art, Berlin).

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien (Forum) is a research institution and platform for international cooperation between scholars of different expertise and perspective on global issues. The Forum provides scope for exchange on questions of science policy, epistemology and ethics, and develops infrastructures and formats that allow transregional research ideas and projects to be tested, implemented and communicated. The Forum is constituted by its members and the diversity of their research expertise and networks. It is committed to strengthening regional studies and to the principle of non-hierarchical research. It appoints scholars from around the world as fellows and engages in joint research programs and initiatives with partners from universities and research institutions in and outside Berlin. The Forum is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Higher Education and Research, Health, Long-Term Care and Gender Equality.

The Forum currently supports the following research programs and initiatives: EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST—THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE (EUME), PRISMA UKRAÏNA: Research Network Eastern Europe, and RE:CONSTITUTION: Exchange and Analysis on Democracy and the Rule of Law in Europe. The Forum is a member of the research college EUTIM: European Times – A Transregional Approach to the Societies of Central and Eastern Europe, and of the consortium of MECAM: Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb. It is also a founding member of the ACADEMY IN EXILE. ZUKUNFTSPHILOLOGIE: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship and 4A_Lab: Art Histories, Archaeologies, Anthropologies, Aesthetics are connected programs developed at the Forum that are continued at other institutions.

For more information on the Forum Transregionale Studien, its programs, initiatives and communication, please visit:

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research

For more information on EUME and for detailed information on the research fields and themes, please visit:

For information on the research institutions participating in EUME, please visit:

– Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, FU Berlin

– Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, FU Berlin

– Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient

– Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, FU Berlin

– Institute of Islamic Studies, FU Berlin

– Museum for Islamic Art

– Seminar for Semitic and Arabic Studies, FU Berlin

– Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg

– MECAM – Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb

Application for Postdoctoral Research Associate

until: January 1, 2023

The Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate or more senior researcher in the relevant fields of Iran and the Persian Gulf in the 19th – 21st century. Anticipated to start in September 2023, the position is open to scholars of all academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. This full-time, twelve-month position is renewable annually for up to three years, subject to satisfactory performance and available funding. The center promotes interdisciplinary approaches to advancing the study of Iran and the Persian Gulf, with special attention to the region’s role and significance in the contemporary world. The goal of the program is to support outstanding scholars of Iran and the wider Persianate world at an early stage of their careers and thus to strengthen the field of Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies in the United States and abroad. In addition to their salary, researchers receive funding (up to $4,000 per academic year) for research-related expenses (books, conferences, travel expenses, etc.). The center provides office space and staff support as well as a taxable moving allowance to help defray domestic or international moving expenses. Researchers are required to be in residence in Princeton or the local vicinity or demonstrate to the program’s satisfaction the ability to be on campus on a daily basis and on short notice in order to fulfill responsibilities relating to in-person participation. They are responsible for their own accommodations. A Ph.D. conferred between 2018 and the start date is required. Candidates are required to apply online at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/28265 and submit the following documents: (1) a cover letter with title and summary of the proposed research project (200 words); (2) a research proposal (max. 1500 words), including description of the project, bibliography, timetable, explicit goals, and the reason for pursuing at Princeton; (3) curriculum vitae and list of publications; (4) sample chapter (in English) of dissertation or other recent work; (5) contact information for three references. In order to be considered for this position, all application materials must be received by January 1, 2023, 11:59 pm EST.

DEADLINE: All materials must be received by January 1, 2023, 11:59 p.m. EST. The preferred start date is September 1, 2023. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Essential Qualifications: Ph.D. required (conferred between 2018 and appointment start date) Researchers may not pursue another degree while in this appointment, nor may they hold any other fellowships or visiting positions concurrently. Appointments cannot be deferred to a later term. Instructions for Applying: Complete the online application and click “Apply to this Posting” at the top of the posting details page. Documents that can be associated with this posting: Cover letter, Statement of Research Interest, Resume/CV, Bibliography/Publications List, Writing Sample, Other Document 1 Proposed Start Date: 09-01-2023. End date, if a Term Appointment: 09-01-2024. This twelve-month position may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory performance and the availability of funds. Princeton University is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

How to Apply

The form must be completed to submit your application for this position. Please click here to see the form.

It is recommended that you read through the entire application and gather the required application materials before beginning your application. You will not be able to save or return to edit a partial application. Only complete applications will be accepted for consideration and the application form must be completed in its entirety before it can be submitted.

Upon submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email at the email address that you provide in your application. In some cases, your references may be contacted using the email address that you provide for them and may be asked to provide their recommendation via a web-based form similar to the application form.

Be sure to provide the correct email addresses for you and all of your references to ensure that communications from Princeton University are properly delivered.

For more information send an email to iran@princeton.edu or call 6092580576 .

Call for Papers: Succession in Islamic Law

Conference in Hamburg from 30 to 31 March 2023

The conference addresses the role succession law played in Muslim communities in the past, how it unfolds today and what it implies for future generations. While family law has received extensive attention in Islamic law scholarship, succession law, often dubbed as the last bastion of the supposed immutability of Islamic law, has not been subject to similar scrutiny. This is surprising, given that rules and practices regarding succession are strongly intertwined with family structures and the economy.

We follow a broad definition of succession law, one encompassing all forms of transfer of property between generations. This also includes phenomena not usually associated with succession law, like family foundations (awqāf) or forms of inter vivos transfer of property. We invite submissions that address the intergenerational transfer of property in various historical and regional contexts. Our aim is to bring together different methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives (especially from law, history, economics, anthropology, Middle Eastern/regional studies, gender studies and sociology).

We are particularly, but not exclusively, interested in:

  1. The formation of Islamic succession law.
  2. Islamic succession law in the modern nation state.
  3. The intergenerational transfer of property inter vivos and mortis causa through wills, contracts and/or donations.
  4. Inter-religious succession law.
  5. The role of the family waqf.
  6. Succession among Muslim minority communities.Paper Submission: Papers should be based on original, unpublished research. We welcome contributions from scholars of all stages of their career. Please send the abstract of your proposed paper (up to 300 words) by 15 September 2022, to Ms Tess Chemnitzer (chemnitzer@mpipriv.de). We will conduct a blind peer review and send out decisions by 1 October 2022. Publication plans and options will be discussed during the conference.Organization: The Succession in Islamic Law-Conference is being organized by the Research Group “Changes in God’s Law – An Inner-Islamic Comparison of Family and Succession Laws” at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany. The conference will take place in person in Hamburg, 30-31 March 2023. The program includes a keynote lecture by David Powers (Cornell University).

    Funding: We will provide funding for all presenters (travel costs and accommodation).

    Max Planck Working Group “IGTOPI”: After the conference, interested participants will be invited to join the Max Planck Working Group on the Intergenerational Transfer of Property in Islam (IGTOPI), which is currently being set up. The Working Group will host meetings, provide a platform to exchange ideas and offer opportunities to collaborate on future publications to further the study of Islamic succession law.

I.B.Tauris Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Persian Literature

I.B.Tauris is seeking book proposals for a new academic book series: I.B.Tauris Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Persian Literature.


This series provides a forum for cutting-edge scholarship from established and emerging scholars in the field of Persian literary studies. It publishes monographs that challenge received understandings of the primary source material and offer new ways of approaching both familiar and obscure texts. The series editor and advisory board encourage submissions from authors who adopt a comparative approach to the study of Persian literature that spans genres, periods, regions, and/or languages, however, studies of distinct periods and individual poets (or clusters of poets) will also be considered. The temporal scope of the series is the first millennium of literary production in New Persian, circa 850-1850, encompassing the medieval (or pre-modern) and the early modern periods. The geographical range is the full expanse of the Persianate world, from Anatolia and the Caucasus in the west, through Iran and Afghanistan, to Central and South Asia in the east. Read more

CFP for International Conference on Philosophical Anthropology in Ibn Sina

On December 26-28, 2021, IRIP will host an international conference on Ibn Sina’s philosophical anthropology. The goal of this conference is to gather Ibn Sina researchers from all around the world to read and interpret Ibn Sina’s anthropological doctrines in light of his metaphysical, physical, and psychological works. Since Ibn Sina does not restrict the study of human nature to natural sciences, the attempt to clarify his philosophical anthropology deserves considerations beyond their limits. Some of the significant resources in this regard are Ibn Sina’s own books and monographs on psychology, some of which are part of aš-Šifāʾ (The Cure), an-Najāt (The Salvation), ʿUyūn al-ḥikma (Elements of Philosophy), Dānešnāme-ye ʿAlāʾī (Philosophy for ʿAlāʾ-ad-Dawla) and al-Išārāt wa-t-tanbīhāt (Pointers and Reminders), while some others are contained in separate treatises. In addition to psychology, topics like ethics, political philosophy, cosmology, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of language are worth addressing in order to clarify Ibn Sina’s anthropology. We are hopeful that this conference will be a significant contribution to the contemporary studies of Ibn Sina and will throw light on some understudied aspects of his thought.

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Enshrining the Past: Religion and Heritage-Making in a Secular Age

Workshop at the Centre for Advanced Studies “Multiple Secularities – Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities”, Leipzig University

27 – 29 October 2021

Marian Burchardt and Nur Yasemin Ural (both Leipzig University)

As the intensity of the politics around cultural identity is growing across the world, the notion of heritage-making, or “heritagisation”, has acquired new political urgency. At the same time, these politics have animated far-flung controversies over the religious and secular sources of belonging along with the values of ethnic, religious and racial majorities, minorities and the states that are supposed to represent them. This raises an intriguing set of questions: Under what conditions and with what consequences are certain religious artefacts, rituals and worldviews framed as heritage? Whose religious heritage is considered worthy to be selected, canonised and ennobled as elementary for nations’ collective memory? Who is systematically excluded and left to oblivion in the politics of religious and secular heritage? Which social groups are central to these processes? Read more

Human Rights and Foreign Policy Conference

Human Rights and Foreign Policy: 7th Joint Human Rights (Virtual) Conference

We are pleased to announce that the seventh joint international conference on human rights, on the theme Human Rights and Foreign Policy, will take place from 14 to 16 June 2020 online (hosted by the Human Rights Consortium, University of London).

In light of geopolitical rebalancing of power, challenges to human rights from a number of quarters, and waning international support for human rights, the role of human rights in foreign policy requires urgent investigation. For human rights to thrive internationally, states need to support them not only domestically but also in their foreign policies, both in their bilateral relations and multilaterally. Yet, there is significant divergence of practice. Clear challenges appear in the policies of traditional supporters of human rights. This includes actions of the Trump administration on multiple fronts, as well as European states and the EU as a whole. European policy on refugees, for example, severely threatens basic international norms. And UK support for Saudi Arabia even as it carries on a murderous war in Yemen highlights hypocrisy.

Whereas a certain set of middle powers have traditionally been supporters of human rights internationally, and have explicitly incorporated human rights into their foreign policies, emerging powers in the developing world represent a much more diverse set of actors and perspectives on human rights and international institutions which, while providing opportunities for new kinds of engagement, also pose significant challenges.

Much of the work on human rights and foreign policy has focused on one state in particular – the United States – although there is increasing focus on the European Union, and there is clearly a need for much broader investigation and analysis, and broad-based comparative studies are scarce. Thus, an overarching question for the conference is: in 2021, what does foreign policy support for human rights look like?

Potential questions to be addressed during the conference include: Read more

A Long View of Diplomacy and Spatiality in the Pre-Modern Islamic World

A World of Realms: A Long View of Diplomacy and Spatiality in the Premodern Islamic World.


University of Antwerp – Belgium, May 20-21, 2021

Keynote speaker: Sanjay Subrahmanyam (UCLA/Collège de France)

Power in History: Centre for Political History invites papers that inquire into the spatial dimensions of diplomacy and their relation to conceptions of territoriality in the larger Islamic world, from the 7th to the early 19th century, as part of a two-day interdisciplinary workshop held at the University of Antwerp and hosted by the History Department on May 20-21, 2021.

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