For a three day interdisciplinary conference on 23-25 March 2012 at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario CANADA, entitled Islam and Democracy: Potential and Possibilities. This conference will consider critical and timely questions: first, what is the outlook for democracy in Muslim-majority states? And related to this, to what extent are the principles of Islam and Democracy compatible? Through intellectual exchange and interdisciplinary synthesis among legal scholars, historians, political scientists, philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists and professionals from outside of the academy, the conference aims to identify and foster the development of a set of core principles suited to democratic constitutions in Muslim-majority states.
With this goal in mind, conference organizers invite submission of papers from established scholars and graduate students exploring any of the following topics and questions as they bear on the relationship between Islam and Democracy:
1. Islam, Democracy and Theology: what has been the historical experience? Religious and theological studies of Islam will explore the question of how politics is/has been integrated within Islam? What possibilities exist in Islamic thought to enhance Democratic processes?
2. Islam, Democracy and Political Theory: what do existing models and ideals of democracy have to contribute to the evolution of constitutional principles in Muslim-majority countries?
3. Islam, Democracy and Constitutionalism: what are the commonalities and the asymmetries between Constitutional law and the principles of Islamic (Shariah) law and between western and Islamic jurisprudence (Fiqh)?
4. Islam, Democracy and Contemporary Politics: how are existing patterns of democracy and representation in Muslim-majority states and institutional structures evolving across a broad range of regimes?
5. Islam, Democracy and Political Culture: how can patterns of civic engagement, community organization, discourses of citizenship and political identity, social and political movements and political partisanship inform the evolution of democratic processes within Muslim communities and societies?
Conference organizers invite the submission of proposals which should include a 300-word abstract and a short CV for the presenter. These are due by 1 October 2011 to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Islam and Democracy Conference” in the subject line. Final papers will be due on 31 January 2012. Some support for presenters’ travel and lodging expenses will be available.
Paul Nesbitt-Larking, email@example.com Huron University College, The University of Western Ontario.
Michael Lynk, firstname.lastname@example.org Faculty of Law, The University of Western Ontario.
Margaret M. R. Kellow, email@example.com Department of History, The University of Western Ontario.
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