Call for Papers: International Conference “Wrestling with Ethical Decisions“
The AIWG-funded short-term research group “Wege zu einer Ethik: Neue Ansätze aus Theologie und Recht zwischen modernen Herausforderungen und islamischer Tradition” invites researchers to submit papers for the international conference “Wrestling with Ethical Decisions – Theories of Ethics in Islamic Theology and Law and their Relevance to the Modern Discourse on Applied Ethics“ taking place at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main from 29-30 May 2020. The conference will also be the kick-off event of the short-term research group.
In recent years, the term “Islamic ethics” has become omnipresent. The conference therefore seeks to develop a working definition oft the term in order to enable a reflective debate on ethical questions. In this sense, “Islamic ethics” is conceived of as a domain of study within the larger field of Islamic theology, in which ethical concepts, principles and theories of several classical disciplines are critically reflected and analysed with respect to their relevance for the contemporary discourse on ethics.
Papers (in English or German) related to the following questions are welcomed:
- Historical questions: How did Muslim scholars approach ethical questions within the Islamic disciplines? What were the contexts of these discussions? Which continuities and discontinuities can be traced?
- Systematic questions: What are the sources of ethical thought in the Islamic tradition? What role does reason play in the different contexts of arguments and ideas? Which concepts and theories are of essential relevance to the development of a contemporary Muslim understanding of ethics?
- Applied ethics and societal questions: Which ethical questions arise from the Islamic tradition itself (e.g. gender relations and human rights)? What can the theories of ethics in the Islamic tradition contribute to the current discourse on societal challenges? How can “Islamic ethics” be established as a field of study within Islamic theology?
The short-term research group invites you to send the abstract of your proposed paper (max. 250 words) by the 7th of February 2020 to the following email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Travel expenses and accommodation will be covered by the organising institutions.
Please download the PDF version of the call here.