BACKGROUND

Muslims across the world live in an increasingly complicated situation as a result of huge and unrelenting social change in the era of globalization. New problems have arisen, making attempts to contextualize religion and to construct new meanings of being Muslim, modern and global citizen more problematic. In response, more and more Muslims are making distinctions and declaring their primordial identities. As a result, ethno-religious conflict, radicalism, terrorism and populism have been on the rise, threatening the principles of citizenship that bind us together in a modern nation-state. Addressing remarkably diverse responses Muslims exhibit to changing situations at the critical juncture in human history, this conference aims at exploring the following sub-themes: Integration of Islam and science, Religion, environment and biodiversity, Sufism, spirituality and mental health, Transnational Islam and the threat of radicalism, Ethno-religious violence and conflict resolution, Sharia,identity politics and citizenship, Knowledge production, education and media, Religion and popular culture, Philosopy, sacred texts and practices of truth.
This conference is interdisiplinary. All sub-themes may be explored from various disciplines, including theology, philosopy, history, sciences of the quran and hadith, sociology, anthropology, education, philology, islamic law, psychology, pure and applied sciences, etc. Panelists can present their disciplinary papers but the chair will safeguard a balanced and interdisciplinary approach to each panel and the connection to the main theme.

OBJECTIVE

This conference aims (a) to explore the unrelenting relation between religion and politics of citizenships; (b) to formulate any possible response to the contemporary issues of religion, politics of identity, and citizenship based on various perspectives; and (c) to highlight local wisdom in dealing with the relation between religion and politics of identity.