Call for Papers: Co-IRIS panels at WOCMES 2018

1st Panel: “Islam and Democracy”
The two terms in the title of this section are contentious and therefore the first thing the abstracts and papers have to do is define what they mean. The papers could address: Democratic practice in any historical context, comparative Nation-state practices, or theoretical arguments. The call for papers will focus on new and innovative presentations of Islam and democracy, since the topic has a legacy of numerous contributions.

2nd Panel: “Diplomacy in Islam: Past and Present”
The intellectual history and practice of international relations in Islam has long been understudied within both the field of International Relations and of Middle Eastern Studies. In this framework, the issue of diplomacy in Islam has almost gone unnoticed and unaddressed in mainstream academia. However, on the one hand the evolving interaction between Islam and politics in recent years has brought to fore the necessity of rethinking the nature and goals of diplomacy and international relations in Islam and how they contribute or challenge mainstream paradigms and practices of world affairs and, on the other hand, Muslim religious scholars have long argued that the diplomatic and international realms are incorporated in the overall worldview of Islam and, therefore, there exist analogues to the concepts of diplomacy (what we can call “Islamic diplomacy”) and international relations in Islamic sources and intellectual history which deserve serious attention by both academicians and political practitioners. This panel focuses on diplomacy, addressing both how Muslim scholars have conceptualized diplomacy and Muslim countries practiced it throughout history, from the time of the Prophet Muhammad up until current days, both in terms of intra-community diplomatic relations, i.e. relations of Muslim countries within the community of Islam, and trans-community, i.e. relations of Muslim countries with non-Muslim countries. The overall aim of the panel is to draw a first overall picture of diplomacy in Islam as a basis for future research.

3rd Panel: “Islamic Law and International Law”
Explores interdisciplinary approaches of Islamic Studies to law especially how Islamic law (loosely understood as shari’ah) engages with the internationality aspect of human laws including public and private international laws. It seeks to uncover the global and ethical dimensions of Islamic law and how it responds to international conventions, regional institutions, and transnational norms, in particular, the flexibility of shari’ah as it evolves over time and space so as to achieve its higher moral objectives.

Organiser: International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort (Co-IRIS)
Paper proposals must include a title, a 300-400 word abstract, and 100-word bio note.
Proposals must be in English.
Deadline for submission: 30 November 2017
Submit your proposals to and include carbon copies to,, and

Event: 5th World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES)
Place: Seville, the capital of Andalusia
Dates: 16-22 July 2018

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