The Unseen IR: Islam and the Study of the ‘International’

Call for Papers and Panel Proposals for the Co-IRIS section at the

13th Pan-European Conference on International Relations
11–14 September 2019, University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Section 44: “The Unseen IR: Islam and the Study of the ‘International’

Since its appearance on the world scene, Islam has played a major role in world affairs. Today, the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation represents the second largest inter-governmental organisation of sates after the UN and, moreover, a number of major actors on the global scene such as the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Republic of Turkey under the AKP or the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia claim to follow an Islamic approach to their international relations, foreign policy and diplomacy.

Nevertheless, generally viewed and analysed from a security perspective, Islam as an intellectual and even a strategic phenomenon has received little sustained attention and the role of the Islamic Civilisation, Muslim-majority countries and Muslim thinkers to the fields of IR, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy has largely remained unaccounted for.

This Section aims to address the nature and goals of international relations, foreign policy and diplomacy in the Islamic Civilisation and in Muslim-majority countries and how these challenge or contribute to international practices and to how we see and perceive the ‘International’; hoping to help both scholars and practitioners to better grasp the unseen in Islamic international relations.

Submission guidelines will be uploaded soon.

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