New Trends in Political Theology: Religion & Secularity in Comparative Perspectives
Christian-Muslim Studies Network
8th – 11th September 2018 at the American University of Beirut
The highly successful inaugural conference of the Christian-Muslim Studies Network at the University of Edinburgh in September 2017, drew more than 60 academics and faith leaders from over 15 countries. The conference explored emerging trends and conversations in Christian-Muslim studies. The organisers now invite proposals for papers for our second conference on the theme of political theology. The conference is planned for 8-11 September, 2018 in Beirut, Lebanon.
- The conference title is New Trends in Political Theology: Religion and Secularity. Notwithstanding the Western and Christian origins of the discipline of political theology, Islamic and secular perspectives have significantly shaped its trajectory. Christians, Muslims and secularists can now agree that there is no single history or unitary manifestation of the ways in which religious and theological thought engages with politics. Rather, religious and secular traditions deploy theological constructs in a variety of ways to inform accounts of their own identity and authority. Like all aspects of theology, political theology has shown itself capable of serving different—even contradictory—purposes. We invite papers that explore the ways in which theology constitutes a major source and an inescapable framework of systematic political thought, concepts and practices. We are particularly interested in papers that engage with one or more of the following themes:
- Historical and contemporary perceptions of political theology within Christian and Muslim religious thought; attempts to accommodate political theology within the overall theological, jurisprudential and political frameworks of Christianity and Islam; comparative readings of Christian and Muslim political theology in their classical and contemporary forms; ongoing transformations in Christianity and Islam as a result of their engagement with contemporary politics with a specific focus on Muslim majority countries and societies.
- The dialectical engagement between the religious and the secular in politics. This includes the religious and theological genealogies of secularity, the accommodation and regulation of political theology and religion in secular and liberal political space and of secularity in religious spaces.
- The role of theology in contemporary political practice in local, regional or international contexts. Christian and Muslim challenges to dominant political, economic and social power structures which include global issues of poverty and conflict. Finally, exploration of theological challenges to the notion of the secular nation state and secular conceptions of political legitimacy.
Abstracts (up to 500 words) should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 19 February 2018. Notification for accepted papers will be circulated by 15th March 2018.
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With support from the Henry Luce Foundation, a select number of grants will be available to some participants (with priority given to those without any institutional support).