by KECIA ALI for FEMINISM AND RELIGION (BLOG) on NOVEMBER 26, 2013: 

Kecia Ali I recently published an essay in the British quarterly Critical Muslim. In it, I chose books on Muslim thought and reform by three prominent, well-regarded male scholars and I counted mentions of individual women in their indexes, their texts, or both. I didn’t have to count very high. I looked at how often they cited – or didn’t cite – books by women in their notes and bibliographies. And then I wailed and gnashed my teeth.

I didn’t really. But I wanted to.

Consider:

A study of modern Muslim intellectuals with a chapter on women, law, and society, that names only three women, none of them Muslim as far as I can tell, in an index which names 240 individuals? Continue reading

Via SOCIOLOGY OF ISLAM LISTSERV on NOVEMBER 21, 2013:

The Central Eurasian Studies Department of Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana) seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor of contemporary Iran with disciplinary specialization in anthropology or sociology.

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Via SOCIOLOGY OF ISLAM LISTSERV on NOVEMBER 21, 2013:

This is a call for papers for a  conference will be held on the theme of Javanmardi/Ahilik in Ankara on 28/29 March 2014.

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by ALI MURAT YEL for INSIGHT TURKEY (JOURNAL), NOVEMBER 2013: 

THE NAQSHBANDIYYA is perhaps one of the widest-spread Islamic religious brotherhoods due to its active involvement in political affairs. Its ‘strength’ comes from the fact it could trace the sheiks of the order as far back as to the Prophet of Islam through his companion Abu Bakr. The silsila (the chain of transmission) of the order also contains some very important figures in Islamic history, like Salman al-Farisi and Bayazid al-Bistami. Despite the importance of the order and its worldwide expansion, the published works on the subject could fill only a small shelf. The order also has a great number of followers in Turkey, including some prominent political figures. Since Shah Bahauddin Naqshband, the founder of the order, the succeeding sheiks of the Naqshbandiyya tarikat (religious order) have currently been handed to Sheikh Nazim al-Kibrisi al-Haqqani, a Turkish Cypriot. The Sheikh has been given the task of expanding the order to the West, and as a result of arduous efforts he has been able to establish some centers in various European and American cities, with the biggest one being in London. Author Tayfun Atay studied this center for his Ph.D. thesis submitted to London University. Continue reading

via SOCIOLOGY OF ISLAM LISTSERV, NOVEMBER 2013: 

Insight Turkey is calling for papers for its Winter 2014 (1) issue with a focus on Turkish Foreign Policy under the Justice and Development Party since 2002. There is a lively debate on various aspects of Turkish foreign policy over the past decade ranging from the strategic depth doctrine to neo-Ottomanism; role of civil society in foreign policy making to Turkey’s increased international role; regional strategic competition to zero problems with neighbors. It is observed that political stability and economic growth enabled Turkey to establish closer political relations with its neighboring countries and expand its horizons in Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia and South America in addition to Europe and US.

Insight Turkey intends to focus on transformation of Turkish foreign policy in the last decade under the AK Party and address challenges that Turkey and its immediate neighborhood face. Continue reading