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27th Annual Conference: Islam and South Asia

Added by admin on 2009-12-05

Conference Dates:

Start Date Start Date: 2010-04-09
Last Date Last Day: 2010-04-10
Deadline for abstracts/proposals Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 2009-12-15

Conference Contact Info:

Contact Person Contact Person: James Sowerwine
Email Email:
Address Address: Devon Room of the Connelly Center, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, 19085, United States

Conference Description:

American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies

The 27th Annual Conference call for papers

The American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies (ACSIS) plans to hold a conference on the topic Islam and South Asia. The Conference will be held on April 9-10, 2010 at Villanova University in Devon Room of the Connelly Center. Please see the attached Conference Paper and Panel Submission Form or visit the ACSIS website at for further information regarding the conference including registration, directions, and accommodations.

This year’s conference will focus on Islam and South Asia (typically, South Asia consists of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives but papers dealing with Iran, Afghanistan, Burma, Tibet and the islands of Indian Ocean will be accepted).

The events in South Asia have contributed to the already existing tension between Islam and the West, especially since the tragic events of September 11th which presented Islam as a hostile force responsible for increasing the tension in this region. It is hoped that this conference will explore not only the historical events and the political developments in South Asia but will also provide a balanced portrayal of the role of Islam in all of its aspects.

The papers presented at the conference are expected to cover the myriad facets of Islam’s relations with any of the above mentioned countries. The papers are expected to cover the numerous ways in which Islam had impact on these societies. Individuals from fields such as History, Political Science, Religion, Anthropology, Law and other liberal arts disciplines are encouraged to submit their proposals. Papers dealing with the long term impact and the legacy of Islam on these countries would be most valuable. Suggestions for proposals include, but are not limited to, the following subtopics:

1. Controversies and debates regarding doctrinal Islamic issues in South Asia
2. Military encounters between dissident Muslim groups in South Asia
3. Islamic issues as seen by intellectuals in South Asia
4. The role of South Asian countries in the conflict between Islam and the West
5. The impact of Western colonial rule on the Muslim societies of South Asia
6. The impact of the World Wars on South Asian societies and the role that Islam played in the anti-colonial movement
7. Islam’s contribution to South Asian culture
8. The South Asian countries and their attitude toward nuclear proliferation
9. The South Asian countries and their attitude toward terrorism
10. The impact of the “Neo-Imperialism” on the Islamic societies of South Asia
11. Political, economic, and cultural relations between South Asian countries and the Islamic World
12. A comparative study of a South Asian country with another country outside the region

Scholars from all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to submit proposals. Please print and send the completed Conference Paper and Panel Submission Form including abstracts (maximum 250 words) to:

Professor James Sowerwine
History Department
144 Lytle Hall
Kutztown University
Kutztown, PA 19530
Telephone: 610-683-4395
Fax: 610-683-4047

Deadline for submission of proposal abstracts is December 15, 2009. Decisions regarding acceptance of papers will be communicated to authors by January 15, 2010. Panelists must register for the conference by March 15, 2010 to ensure their names are included on the final program.
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