Call for Papers: SERMEISS Spring 2020 Islam and Law Workshop

The Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society (SERMEISS) invites scholars, including advanced doctoral students, to submit paper proposals for its 2020 spring meeting, which will be held March 6-8, 2020 at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The spring 2020 meeting will focus on “Islam and Law,” and paper proposals should be broadly related to that theme. 

SERMEISS is an interdisciplinary organization interested in all areas of Middle East and Islamic Studies.

For the Spring 2020 meeting, SERMEISS will use a new workshop format in which accepted papers will be considered for inclusion in a future proposal for a special issue of a high-impact interdisciplinary Middle Eastern studies journal. A senior scholar specializing in Islam and Law will write the special issue’s introduction and oversee editing its contributing essays.

We invite paper abstracts from any discipline in the humanities or social sciences that address any topic related to Islam and Law in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Papers may address, for example:

  • Islam’s role in the historical, cultural, or theological origins of law and law-making.
  • Islam’s role in shaping law, legal institutions, and legal processes.
  • Islam’s role in influencing the interactions or dynamics that occur between citizens, legal officials (e.g. judges, lawyers, police), and legal institutions (e.g. courts, prisons, constitutions, bar associations, government ministries, the state).
  • Islam’s role in specific, understudied legal issues or policy dilemmas like human rights, civil liberties, family law, criminal law, financial law, civil law, constitutions, ethnic/religious minorities, women’s rights, adoption, inheritance, alimony, etc.
  • Islam’s role in international law, including topics like international courts, international institutions, territorial or maritime disputes, arbitration, mediation, treaties, and diplomacy.

Applications are due by Friday, October 4. Click here to learn more about this opportunity.