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Ten years ago the German Scientific Council (advisory body to the federal ministry of education and research) called for the establishment of Islamic theology at German universities. To mark the occasion, the Academy for Islam in Research and Society (AIWG) at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main convenes an international congress of Islamic theology. The congress will take place in cooperation with the German Society for Islamic Theology (DEGITS).
Date: 24-26 September 2020
Location: Goethe University Frankfurt
We invite submissions on a wide range of topics that address, among others, the following research areas within Islamic theology:
- exegesis (Qur’an / Hadith)
- systematic theology / kalam
- historical theology (incl. sunna)
- Islamic law und methodology of jurisprudence
- Muslim worlds in Germany, Europe and North America, Past and Present
- practical theology (e.g. pastoral care, congregational life, adult education)
- religious education / pedagogy
Submissions may also address other topics relevant to Islamic theology, such as the evolution of the disciplinary field in Germany, comparative perspectives concerning related developments in other countries, the relationship between Islamic theology and neighboring disciplines and other topics. Submissions by colleagues from Islamic Studies / Middle Eastern Studies, religious studies or other theologies are expressly welcome!
We encourage submissions of pre-organized panels consisting of up to four presenters, a chair and possibly a discussant. Each presentation should take no more than 15 minutes, reserving at least 10 minutes for discussion. The organizers will group the accepted individual submissions into thematic panels. We also welcome submissions for pre-organized roundtable discussions and workshops. Roundtables consist of three panelists and a chair. Workshops consist of a single presentation outlining the topic, followed by sessions in smaller working groups and a wrap-up discussion. In justified cases, a maximum of two people can chair one workshop.
Working languages are German and English. Given the international character of the congress, we strongly encourage submissions in English. Gender equality in the composition of panels will be a criterion.
The applicants of pre-organized panels will serve as panel-managers. Upon selection, you will be briefed about your responsibilities. Primarily, your role is to manage communication between the conveners and the panelists, etc.