Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies

Monday 6th-Tuesday 7th April 2020

The Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

10 Handyside Street, London, N1C 4DN

Call for Papers and Panels

Following the success of its conferences in Edinburgh (2014), London (2015 and 2016), Chester (2017), Exeter (2018) and Nottingham (2019), the British Association for Islamic Studies is delighted to invite proposals for individual papers, or whole panels, for its Seventh Annual Conference which will be hosted by the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London. Papers and panels may be proposed by senior and early scholars from Professor to PhD level.

Islamic Studies is broadly understood to include all topics and disciplinary approaches to the study of Islam and Muslim societies (majority and minority), across all time periods from the formative to the classical, and pre-modern to the contemporary. Though not an exhaustive list, papers are welcome, for instance, on the following:

  • Art, Architecture and Material Culture in the Muslim world
  • Diversity within Islam and Islamic Studies
  • Economy, Marketing and Finance
  • Education
  • Gender Studies
  • Hadith Studies
  • History, Intellectual History, History of Science
  • Interreligious Relations
  • Law
  • Literature, Media and Cultural Studies including Postcolonial Studies
  • Muslims in Africa and Asia
  • Muslims in Britain/Europe/North America and other minority contexts
  • Philosophy, Theology and Ethics
  • Qur'anic and Tafsir Studies
  • Representations of Islam and Muslims
  • Sociology, Anthropology and Political Science
  • Sufism and Mysticism

An Inclusive Conference

BRAIS is committed to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusivity. We welcome papers from scholars of all backgrounds and will work hard to ensure that BRAIS 2020 is a welcoming environment where everyone feels valued and supported.

Submitting Your Paper Proposal

Your paper proposal should be submitted via the online submission form which is available HERE.

In addition to information about yourself, you will need to provide a paper title and an abstract. Abstracts should not exceed 200 words and must be written in English.

Submitting Your Panel Proposal

BRAIS particularly welcomes proposals for whole panels curated around certain themes or methodologies. Panels will ideally include four individual papers, but panels of three individual papers will also be considered.

Your panel proposal should be submitted via the online submission form which is available HERE.

We will require contact details, paper titles and abstracts for all papers submitted as part of the panel.

The panel should be submitted by the panel Chair who will be contacted by BRAIS once a decision has been made about your panel.

Submission Deadline

The deadline for submissions is midnight GMT on Sunday 17th November 2019.

PhD Fee Waivers

A number of fee waivers will be available for UK-based PhD students whose papers are accepted for the BRAIS 2020 conference. Details of how to apply for fee waivers will be emailed to all those whose papers have been accepted for the conference.

Any Questions?

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