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‘Politics and Religion Journal’ special issue on ‘Terrorism from the View of Muslims’

‘Politics and Religion Journal’ special issue on ‘Terrorism from the View of Muslims’

Politics and Religion Journal
New Issue
Volume VIII (No. 1) – Spring 2014

Table of Contents


Labeed Ahmed Bsoul
Classical and Contemporary Muslim Juridical Views of Terrorism

Yousef M. Aljamal
Hamas: Terrorism Organization or Liberation Movement?

Abd al – Fattah M. El – Awaisi
A Muslim Model for Peaceful Co – Existence and Mutual Respect

Jilani Ben Touhami Mefttah, Mohammed Hussain Ahmad
Erroneous Similarities Between the Concept of Jihad and the Concept of Terrorism: A Qur’anic Perceptive

Bouzerzour Zoubir
Jihad as a Source of Terrorism. Reality or Propaganda


Daud Abdul Fattah Batchelorte
Post ‘Arab – Spring’: Beneficial Lessons in Governance from Recent Events in in Egypt and Tunisia

Khedija Arfaoui, Jane Tchaicha
Governance, Women, and the New Tunisia

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Cfp: SISP Conference – Panels on Religion and Politics

Cfp: SISP Conference – Panels on Religion and Politics


UNIVERSITY OF PERUGIA – Department of Political Science – UNIVERSITY FOR FOREIGNERS OF PERUGIA – Department of Human and Social Studies

11 – 13 September 2014

Deadline for paper proposals: 15 May 2014

Panels on Religion and Politics:

1) Religion and Political Parties (Luca Ozzano and Massimiliano Livi)

2) Religion and International Relations (Valter Coralluzzo)

3) Religion and Local Politics (Xabier Itzcaina and Alberta Giorgi)

4) Religion, Secularism and Politics in 21st Century Turkey (Luca Ozzano)

For more information on the section, see the website:

Cfp: Addressing the Asylum Crisis

Cfp: Addressing the Asylum Crisis

CALL FOR PAPERS: Addressing the Asylum Crisis: Religious Contributions to Rethinking Protection in Global Politics

A British Council-sponsored workshop (Bridging Voices program)

University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies, Brussels, 26th and 27th of June 2014

Deadline for abstract submission (250 words max): April 24, 2014

Convenors: Luca Mavelli (Kent) and Erin Wilson (Groningen)

We are organizing a British Council-sponsored workshop (Bridging Voices program) on ‘Addressing the Asylum Crisis: Religious Contributions to Rethinking Protection in Global Politics’. The workshop which will take place at the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies, Brussels on the 26th and 27th of June 2014.

This event will be the second of two transatlantic academic and policy dialogues (the first workshop will take place at Georgetown University, Washington DC, in May 2014) which aim to explore the current and potential future contribution of religious groups and traditions to addressing the asylum crisis and the development of policy strategies which may complement current modes of protection and asylum. In particular, the workshop aims to explore:

a. The role of religious traditions in promoting forms of solidarity that transcend state-centric approaches centred on border protection, legal rights and security. Are religious argumentations in the public sphere contributing to redefine the debate on migration? Is it possible to identify forms of convergence between different religions in their approach to the global migration crisis? Can religious approaches to migration promote inclusion, but also different forms of exclusion?

b. The role that religious organisations and institutions play in the global migration crisis. What are they approaches and how do they differ from state-centric approaches? To what extent do religious organisations fill gap left by states in the provision of asylum and protection? What are the existing forms of practice and cooperation between religious and secular organisations?

c. The crisis of secular modes of protection, based on logics of securitization, but also of profit, as witnessed by the proliferation of immigration detention centres run by private security firms. Is it the case, as Loïc Wacquant suggest, that multinational corporations are increasingly competing against ‘benevolent associations delivering services to the poor’? Can postsecular approaches to asylum act as a source of resistance against the pathologies of neoliberal modernisation?

The workshop will involve a selected group of scholars, policy makers, practitioners, and refugees with expertise and experience in religion, asylum, foreign policy, development and humanitarianism.

Among the confirmed speakers are:
· John Milbank, Christian theologian and the Professor of Religion, Politics and Ethics at the University of Nottingham;
· Alexander Betts, Director, Global Migration Governance project, University of Oxford
· Katharina von Schnurbein, Adviser for the Dialogue with Churches, Religions and Philosophical and Non-Confessional organisations, European Commission;
· Nava Hinrichs, Director, The Hague Process for Refugees and Migration
· Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Senior Research Officer at the University of Oxford and Research Fellow in Refugee Studies at Lady Margaret Hall.
· Adrian Pabst, Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent
· Sadia Kidwai, Policy and Research Analyst at Islamic Relief

We particularly welcome submissions from practitioners working with secular and faith-based NGOs in this sector, reflecting on the place of faith and spirituality.

PUBBLICATION OUTCOME: We are planning to publish the papers presented at the workshop in one special issue of an internationally recognised peer-reviewed journal or edited volume. In addition to academic publication outputs, we will produce a report and list of recommendations to be distributed to participants and interested stakeholders, as well as disseminating the findings of the two dialogues in a variety of media outlets including newspapers and blog posts.

Limited funding is available as a partial contribution to travel and accommodation expenses.

The deadline for abstract submission (250 words max) is April 24, 2014. Please send your abstract together with a short biographical note to Luca Mavelli ( and Erin Wilson (

Vacancy: Post-Docs at ELIAMEP

Vacancy: Post-Docs at ELIAMEP

The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) is seeking four postdoctoral researchers to work with Dr. Effie Fokas and a 16-member broader research team on the ERC (European Research Council) funded research project entitled ‘Directions in Religious Pluralism in Europe: Examining Grassroots Mobilisations in Europe in the Shadow of European Court of Human Rights Religious Freedom Jurisprudence’ (GRASSROOTSMOBILISE). Each postdoctoral researcher will undertake one country-based case study (on the cases of Greece, Italy, Romania and Turkey). The 5-year-long project began on 1 January 2014, and the postdoctoral researchers are required for two years, from early January 2015 to end 2016.


Greece, Italy, Romania and Turkey, respectively, with quarterly to bi-annual research meetings in Athens


The role of postdoctoral researcher will entail, amongst other things: preparation of a background report on religion-state relations in the national context, and on religious freedom issues in the courts at the national level; preparation of a database on media coverage of mobilisations related to religion in the national context; conducting of qualitative interview-based fieldwork research in selected research locale(s) in the country; assisting the drafting of proposals for related parallel projects; drafting of project reports based on the fieldwork; and authoring (and co-authoring, where applicable) of articles and books based on the research.

Successful candidates will have a demonstrated capacity for teamwork and the ability to work independently and to take initiative. They will be encouraged to be active members of the research team in proposing and taking the lead in new areas for research.


1. PhD in political science, law, religious studies, social anthropology or sociology (awarded after January 2008 and before January 2015).

2. Strong organisational, research and writing skills; previous interdisciplinary research experience in the areas of religion, law and human rights will be beneficial

3. Previous experience in applying for grants is of advantage

4. Excellent written and oral communications skills in English and in the language of the country study undertaken


Applications should include a cover letter in English including a detailed statement of research interests, a CV, and the names and contact details of two potential referees. Please also send an electronic copy of PhD thesis or a relevant writing sample (published or unpublished), in English; these will be treated confidentially. Send application via email, with GRASSROOTSMOBILISE Postdoctoral Researcher and the relevant country in subject line, to:

Oral interviews will be conducted in the shortlisting process in Athens and via telephone or skype as needed.

Vacancies: Coventry University

Vacancies: Coventry University

We are looking to recruit four full-time permanent contract postdoctoral research associates to work on the ‘Clash Narratives in Context: Uncovering the Social and Cultural Drivers of Contemporary Science vs. Religion Debates’ project within the newly created University Research Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. We welcome applications from experienced, enthusiastic and creative humanities and social science early career researchers.

This large scale multidisciplinary project will build an empirical and theoretical understanding of what social and cultural factors have driven, and are currently driving, the narrative in the public domain that there is a necessary clash between religious belief and belonging and acceptance of evolutionary science. It will employ four intersecting approaches: qualitative social science field research; oral history, historical and media discourse analysis; social psychology experimental research; and a large scale quantitative survey of public perceptions, attitudes and identity formation in the UK and Canada.

Post 1: Qualitative Social Sciences Research Associate

Post 2: History, Philosophy or Social Studies of Science Research Associate

Post 3: Social/Experimental or Psychology Postdoctoral Research Associate

Post 4: Quantitative social studies Postdoctoral Research Associate

Closing date: 28th April 2014

Interviews: 6th-9th May 2014

We are looking to recruit an experienced three-year research assistant to assist with the overall delivery, communication and management of the project.

Post 5: Project Research Assistant

Closing date: 28th April 2014

Interviews: 6th-9th May 2014

We are also looking to recruit two PhD studentships exploring contemporary debates surrounding ‘science and religion’ by undertaking relevant research in:

PhD 1: Social Sciences/Humanities;

PhD 2: Social/Experimental Psychology.

Closing date: 25 April 2014.

Interviews in May 2014.

In addition the university will offer two competitive two-year postdoctoral follow on research positions dependent on the successful submission of PhD thesis within three years/by September 2017 to enable successful PhD students to be retained and develop further as early career professionals in this field of research.

Coventry University will lead this 3-year research project funded by the Templeton Religion Trust in partnership with York University (Canada) and National Life Stories at the British Library and British Science Association. The research team is led by Principal Investigators Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker (Coventry) and Prof. Bernard Lightman (York, Canada), and Co-Investigators Dr Carola Leicht (Coventry) and Dr Rebecca Catto (Coventry). The project will commence 1st October 2014.

Applicants should apply online, making explicit reference to how they meet the person specification provided. Specific questions can be directed to Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker by email only (

Vacancy: Post-doctoral Position – Religion and Politics in the EU

Vacancy: Post-doctoral Position – Religion and Politics in the EU


This is a call for applications for one full-time post-doctoral position in European studies and politology of religion, based at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. The researcher will work in the framework of a project funded by the Belgian scientific agency (FNRS), under the supervision of the principal investigator François Foret. Prospective candidates are hereby invited to submit their application as described below. The deadline for submitting applications is 15/5/2014, for a start on the 1/7/2014.

Presentation of the project “Importing God, exporting secularism? How the European Union deals with religion”

The European Union is commonly presented as an exceptionally “godless” part of a world where religion still matters very much. However, under external pressures (from diplomatic crises to migrations), the EU would have to take religion back in by entering a post-secular era. The project aims at discussing these assumptions. The purpose is to see whether the resurgence of religion on the European agenda is internally- or externally-driven, what are its incentives and outcomes. Three working packages investigate the notion of European secularism; and how this European secularism is challenged from outside and within two EU policy sectors, foreign affairs and immigration.

Workloads linked to the post-doctoral mandate will include various contributions to the project, among others: state of the art of the debate about European secularism and « multiple modernities »; organizational analysis of political and policy structures of the EU dealing with migration and foreign affairs; interviews with civil servants, political representatives and members of civil society; management of online surveys; supervision of parliamentary debates and qualitative case studies.

The post-doc will be considered as a full member of the team and will co-sign some publications in peer-reviewed supports. He/she will have to fulfil the requirements but will also have opportunities for self-development in order to prepare subsequent steps in a scientific career. Experience in teaching will be considered. Management and communication tasks are also included.

Work environment and conditions
The research will be developed at the Centre d’étude de la vie politique (CEVIPOL), the main political science research unit of the ULB, and at the Institut d’études européennes (IEE), one of the oldest Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence in Europe. It will rely on a supportive interdisciplinary environment made of political scientists, internationalists, lawyers and historians working on European integration and interactions between religion and politics. The post-doc will evolve in a dynamic international network of collaboration with other universities (Cambridge, Georgetown, Geneva…). Travels and short research stays may be included in the activities. The hired person will have an office and relevant resources at the IEE-ULB. Living in Brussels for the two years period is required. The working contract will be managed by the university according to Belgian standards, in the conditions defined by the FNRS.

Following these conditions, “postdoctoral researchers must hold, since at the most 7 years on the date of the hiring, a doctoral academic degree obtained after the defense of a thesis”. The successful candidate must be in “international mobility”, meaning that he/she should not have lived or worked in Belgium more than 24 months in the last three years. According to the experience of the candidate, the net salary will be around 2200 euros per month plus social security.

Your Profile:
– Ph.D. in political science or a directly related field (international relations, sociology…) with a focus on religion and politics
– Proved expertise in EU politics at doctoral level
– Strong record in qualitative research and fieldwork (interviews, observation, documentary analysis…). Quantitative skills are an extra asset.
– Experience with working in an international environment
– Very good command of English and preferably French
– Ability to work in a team, to meet deadlines and to combine autonomy with respect of guidelines

How to apply
The candidate will be selected on the basis of the quality of his/her CV, research achievements, motivation and congruence with the project. The following application documents are to be consolidated into a single PDF file sent per email to: Michela Arcarese (
– a one-page motivation letter explaining the candidate’s interest in collaborating to the project
– a curriculum vitae listing all academic qualifications, relevant research experience and previous publications
– name, mail and phone number of three referees to be contacted if necessary
– a copy of the PhD and master diploma The position is for two years, from July 2014 to end of June 2016.

A phone or face-to-face interview may be organized if necessary Applications are welcome till 15/5/2014. Short-listed candidates will be informed in the second half of May and the final decision will be taken in early June. For further inquiries, please contact Prof. François Foret (

Cfp: Between East and West – Youth, Religion and Politics

Cfp: Between East and West – Youth, Religion and Politics

Latvian Society for the Study of Religion 2nd International Scientific Conference

Youth, Religion and Politics

16-17 October, 2014
Riga, Latvia


The Latvian Society for the Study of Religions in cooperation with the University of Latvia and Daugavpils University announces the international scientific conference “Between East and West: Youth, Religion and Politics”. We welcome both junior and senior scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines and fields which highlight interconnection between youth, religion and politics. Papers could include different epistemologies, varying theoretical backgrounds, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and a wide range of empirical data.

Suggestions for contributions include but are not limited to:

– Theoretical and methodological issues relating to intersections between religious studies and youth studies
– Role of religion in shaping political understandings of youth
– Religiously inspired political activity of young people
– Sacralisation of the youth cultures
– Youth and religiosity
– Youth in searching for new models of religion
– Dynamics of religious radicalization/universalization of young people
– “Youth religion” as a distinct religious consciousness
– Political discourses of “youth religion”

Presentation should last 20 minutes with 10 minutes for discussion.
Papers are invited in English.

Important dates:
Submission of proposals -June 1, 2014
Notification of acceptance -June 15, 2014 Publication of the program – September 15, 2014

If you have questions concerning the academic program or the general organization of the conference, please contact the Latvian Society for the Study of Religions by mail:

New Book: The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics

New Book: The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics
Editor-in-chief: Emad El-Din Shahin, Editorial board member: Peri J. Bearman, Editorial board member: Sohail H. Hashmi, Editorial board member: Khaled Keshk, and Editorial board member: Joseph A. Kechichian


1248 pages | 254x178mm
978-0-19-973935-6 | Hardback | 27 February 2014

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics provides in-depth coverage of the political dimensions of Islam and the Muslim world. Developments in Muslim societies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have highlighted the need for a major reference work focusing primarily on these dimensions. The realization of internal decay and relentless quest for reform, the collapse of the Islamic caliphate, the fall of most parts of the Muslim world under western colonialism, the emergence of nation-states, the dominance of secular ideologies, the rise of Islamic revivalist movements and faith-based political, economic, and social alternatives, the confrontation between Islamic movements and secular inspired regimes have constituted major turning points in the contemporary history of Muslim societies. At no time has the understanding of the nature and implications of these developments been needed more.

New Book: Global Religious Movements Across Borders

New Book: Global Religious Movements Across Borders

Global Religious Movements Across Borders: Sacred Service Edited by Stephen M. Cherry and Helen Rose Ebaugh Ashgate, 2014

Series : Ashgate Inform Series on Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements


From global missionizing among proselytic faiths to mass migration through religious diasporas, religion has traveled from one side of the world and back again. It continues to play a prominent role in shaping world politics and has been a vital force in the continued emergence, spread, and creation of a transnational civil society.

Exploring how religious roots are shaping organizations that seek to aid people across political and geographic boundaries – ‘service movements’
– this book focuses on how religious movements establish structures to assist people with basic human needs such as food, clothing, shelter, education, and health. Examining a multitude of faith traditions with origins in different parts of the world, seven contributing chapters, with an introduction and conclusions by the senior author, offer a unique discussion of the intersections between religious transnationalism and social movements.


Preface, Helen Rose Ebaugh

Introduction to religious and global transnational service movements, Stephen M. Cherry

The Redeemed Christian Church of God: African Pentecostalism, Afe Adogame

The Gulen Movement: Sunni Islam, Helen Rose Ebaugh

Soka Gakkai International: Nichiren Japanese Buddhism, Daniel A. Métraux

BAPS Swaminarayan Community: Hinduism, Arun Brahmbhatt

The Gawad Kalinga Movement: charismatic Catholicism, Stephen M. Cherry

Aga Khan development network: Shia Ismaili Islam, Karim H. Karim

Bahá’í international community: Bahá’í faith, Mike McMullen

Studying global transnational religious service movements, Stephen M.

New Book: Islam, Democracy, and Cosmopolitanism

New Book: Islam, Democracy, and Cosmopolitanism

Islam, Democracy, and Cosmopolitanism At Home and in the World

Ali Mirsepassi and Tadd Graham Fernée

Cambridge University Press, 2014


This book presents a critical study of citizenship, state, and globalization in societies that have been historically influenced by Islamic traditions and institutions. Interrogating the work of contemporary theorists of Islamic modernity such as Mohammed Arkoun, Abdul an-Na’im, Fatima Mernissi, Talal Asad, Saba Mahmood, and Aziz Al-Azmeh, this book explores the debate on Islam, democracy, and modernity, contextualized within contemporary Muslim lifeworlds. These include contemporary Turkey (following the 9/11 attacks and the onset of war in Afghanistan), multicultural France (2009–10 French burqa debate), Egypt (the 2011 Tahrir Square mass mobilizations), and India. Ali Mirsepassi and Tadd Ferneé critique particular counterproductive ideological conceptualizations, voicing an emerging global ethic of reconciliation. Rejecting the polarized conceptual ideals of the universal or the authentic, the authors critically reassess notions of the secular, the cosmopolitan, and democracy. Raising questions that cut across the disciplines of history, anthropology, sociology, and law, this study articulates a democratic politics of everyday life in modern Islamic societies.

Introduction: citizenship, state, and globalization
1. Ways of being in the world: religion and secularism
2. Islams and modernities: Al-Azmeh’s secular critique
3. Talal Asad’s romance with Islamism
4. Arkoun’s The Unthought in Islamic Thought
5. An-Na’im’s Islamic reformation: the reconciliation of equality of rights and the Shari’a
6. Fatima Mernissi: ‘locally’ rooted cosmopolitanism

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