SECOND ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT BOOK REVIEW COLLOQUIUM ON ISLAMIC AND MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, OCTOBER 11, 2018
ORGANIZED BY THE ALI VURAL AK CENTER FOR GLOBAL ISLAMIC STUDIES AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY & THE MAYDAN
The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University and the Maydan, the Center’s digital scholarship platform, presents the second annual Graduate Student Book Review Colloquium on Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies to be held on October 11, 2018, in collaboration with the Fall for the Book Festival. In 2018, the theme for the colloquium will be “Islam in Modern Regional Contexts.” Please find below a list of books published in 2016-2017. Only applications that propose books listed will be considered. Please refer to the application procedures detailed below. Deadline for applications is June 30, 2018.
The Colloquium invites advanced graduate students in social sciences and humanities to present book reviews of recent noteworthy publications in the broader field of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies in line with the 2018 theme, “Islam in Modern Regional Contexts.” The Colloquium will enable graduate students to engage with leading academics in their respective fields. It will also bring a critical and informed discussion of recent notable books to the attention of broader audiences attending the Fall for the Book festival at George Mason University (http://fallforthebook.org).
In 2016, the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies launched an online publication, The Maydan, fully dedicated to the broader field of Islamic Studies with the recognition that academic scholarship is currently in need of publications that further disseminate research in this field of inquiry. The Book Review Colloquium on Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies aims to foster a dedicated effort towards establishing a lasting conversation between academic and lay readership.
Presenters are expected to submit book reviews of recently published books in the broader field of Islamic studies, inclusive of all disciplinary backgrounds. Please refer to the books listed below. Each review should focus on a single monograph. Presentations are expected to engage with the broader literature on the subject with reference to at least two books on the broader theme. We encourage applicants to think in regards to three components that should be present in a successful book review: Context, Content and Critique. Participants will receive detailed and informative feedback from a leading expert in one of our three thematic foci areas.
Edited volumes and reference works remain outside the scope of this Colloquium.
Application Process and Important Dates
Interested candidates should submit the following:
1) A 500-word abstract that presents a justification for the selection of the work under examination (please refer to the list below)
2) A short writing sample (5 pages max.) on the broader theme of the selected book
3) A 2-page max resume
All three documents should be emailed to Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu at firstname.lastname@example.org as a single PDF file by June 30, 2018. The subject line of the email should follow the following format: [LASTNAME, BOOK REVIEW COLLOQUIUM 2018].
Acceptance notices and the books under review will be sent to the reviewers on July 6, 2018. Reviewers will be asked to submit their reviews (1300 words maximum) by September 15, 2018. During the colloquium in October, the reviewers will have the opportunity to present their works in pre-organized panels for 20 minutes, and then discuss them with the leading scholars in the field.
Final products will be considered for publication on The Maydan. The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University will offer a $100 honorarium to the authors of reviews that are selected for publication.
Each colloquium participant will be reimbursed up to $600 to cover travel and accommodation costs. Reimbursements are conditional on adherence to above submission date and full participation to the colloquium.
2018 THEME | ISLAM IN MODERN REGIONAL CONTEXTS
LIST OF BOOKS:
- Marieke Brandt, Tribes and Politics in Yemen: A History of the Houthi Conflict (London: Hurst, 2017).
- Noel Brehony, Hadhramaut and Its Diaspora: Yemeni Politics, Identity and Migration (London: I.B. Tauris, 2017).
- Eren Tasar, Soviet and Muslim: The Institutionalization of Islam in Central Asia, 1943-1991 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).
- Pauline Jones, Islam, Society and Politics in Central Asia (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017).
- Stéphane A. Dudoignon, The Baluch, Sunnism and the State in Iran: From Tribal to Global (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).
- Mona Kanwal Sheikh, Guardians of God: Inside the Religious Mind of the Pakistani Taliban (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).
- Ayesha Jalal, The Struggle for Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017).
- Sarah Eltantawi, Shari’ah on Trial: Northern Nigeria’s Islamic Revolution (Oakland: University of California Press, 2017).
- Ann Marie Wainscott, Bureaucratizing Islam: Morocco and the War on Terror (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017).
- Timothy P. Daniels, Living Sharia: Law and Practice in Malaysia (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2017).
- David Kloos, Becoming Better Muslims: Religious Authority and Ethical Improvement in Aceh, Indonesia (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017).
- Julian Millie, Hearing Allah’s Call: Preaching and Performance in Indonesian Islam (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2017).
- Inaya Rakhmani, Mainstreaming Islam in Indonesia: Television, Identity, and the Middle Class (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
- John O’Brien,Keeping It Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017).
- Erik Love, Islamophobia and Racism in America (New York: NYU Press, 2017).
- Timur Yuskaev, Speaking Qur’an: An American Scripture (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2017).
- Rafaela M. Dancygier, Dilemmas of Inclusion: Muslims in European Politics (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017).
- Giulia Liberatore, Somali, Muslim, British: Striving in Securitized Britain (New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017).
- Magdalena Craciun, Islam, Faith and Fashion: The Islamic Fashion Industry in Turkey (New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017).
- Ozlem Madi-Sisman, Muslims, Money and Democracy in Turkey: Reluctant Capitalists (New York: Palgrave, 2017).