Via SOCIOLOGY OF ISLAM LISTSERV on OCTOBER 24, 2013:

The Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam has two vacancies for two full-time PhD-positions as part of the NWO project Delicate Relations: Jews and Muslims in Amsterdam and London. The candidates have to conduct ethnographic research on the complex present-day relations between Jews and Muslims in Amsterdam (project one) and in London (project two). Continue reading

“This book provides a valuable opportunity to analyse the issues challenging both Australian Muslims and the wider community. Not only does it explore what it means to be a Muslim in contemporary Australia, but it also presents the thoughts, practices and discourses of social change in Australia.” — Hass Dellal, Director, Australian Multicultural Commission 
EducationIntegrationChallengesAustralianMuslimsby JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, TIRN on OCTOBER 1, 2013: 

Abe W. Ata has edited a volume of papers on *”Education Integration Challenges: The Case of Australian Muslims” (David Lovell Publishing)  — a follow up publication to an earlier volume “Us and Them: Christian Muslim Relations and Cultural Harmony in Australia (Australian Academic Press, 2010).

“The majority of papers touch on topics that have never been broached in academic literature ­ a welcome departure from the past,” said Ata, urging “both the mainstream and Muslim communities in Australia, Europe and America, multicultural apologists and advocates ­ male and female, non-religious and interfaith adherents, students and educators, government and community organizations” to read this new publication.

Official Book Description (via David Lovell Publishing):

Australia displays an outstanding record, says Dr Ata, in displaying tolerance and in accommodating an incredibly diverse population. While the cultural and historical differences between Christian and Muslim communities in our society are too great to make a complete reconciliation easily achieved, given the alternatives, a creative dialogue must continue.

Especially since the events of September 2011, many Australians have become concerned about what goes on behind the walls of the Muslim community. These concerns, often driven by fear and lack of knowledge, can be addressed through education.

The essays collected in this book look behind those walls and explore the issues challenging both Muslim Australians and the mainstream society today. Continue reading

by MATTHEW LONG for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on SEPTEMBER 6, 2013: 

Nancy Khalek
Nancy Khalek

A top five finalist for the Best First Book in the History of Religion Award, Damascus after the Muslim Conquest (Oxford University Press, 2011) by Nancy Khalek, professor of Religious Studies at Brown University, is a study of the city of Damascus, the seat of power for the Umayyad dynasty.

More specifically, this book explores the interaction between the recently arrived Muslim Arab rulers and the Byzantine-Christian peoples who made up the majority of the population in Syria. Khalek employs both traditional historical texts, such as Ibn ‘Asākir’s Tārīkh Dimashq, along with art and architecture from the region. Continue reading

by GARY WOOD and TURGUL KESKIN for  SOCIOLOGY OF ISLAM LIST and SOCIOLOGY OF ISLAM JOURNAL (BRILL) on AUGUST 29, 2013:

The Sociology of Islam Journal (https://www.brill.com/publications/journals/sociology-islam) invites article submissions.

We are delighted to announce the founding of the peer-reviewed, academic journal, the Sociology of Islam (SOI) to be published by Brill which will include four issues per year beginning in the Spring of 2013. Since Max Weber’s groundbreaking research on the sociology of religion, sociologists have grappled with aspects of religion both at the theoretical and empirical levels. While an increasing number of social scientists, particularly in recent decades, have employed innovative sociological frameworks for the study of Islam and Muslim Societies, this promising sub-discipline has so far lacked its own academic journal. The Sociology of Islam is intended to bridge this gap by functioning as an academic forum for the publication of innovative contributions to the study of Islam and Muslim societies. We welcome article contributions that address theoretical and empirical dimensions of the sociology of Islam and Muslim societies.

You can find submission guidelines and submit your article using the following website: https://www.editorialmanager.com/soi/default.asp

Contacts: Tugrul Keskin or Gary Wood

Editor Email: sociologyofislam@yahoo.com

Book Review editors: 

Mustafa Gurbuz (mustafa.gurbuz@uconn.edu) and

Joshua D. Hendrick (jdhendrick@loyola.edu