Islamic Studies Network Newsletter
No. 9. November 2012
Welcome to Issue 9 of the UK Islamic Studies Network online newsletter. This will be the final issue of the newsletter, as the Islamic Studies Network project is now drawing to a close. Please see below for further information about the recently-established British Association for Islamic Studies, which will build on the Network’s work over the past three years. We hope you have enjoyed the newsletter and would encourage you to join the new association to continue the development of Islamic Studies in the UK.
Planning is underway for the formal establishment of the British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS) as a follow-up to all the work undertaken by the Islamic Studies Network over the past three years. The association will be a learned society and professional organisation focused on enhancing research and teaching about Islam and Muslim cultures and societies in UK higher education. It will provide a forum for academic exchange for scholars with an interest in any aspect of Islam and the Muslim world (including non-Muslim majority societies), and will act as an umbrella organisation for members working in a wide range of disciplines and geographical interest areas. For more information please click here or visit the BRAIS website.
The Islamic Studies Network Twitter account and our online social networking site (Ning) will be closing soon. Thanks and best wishes to our followers and Ning members! The British Association for Islamic Studies will be developing a web presence, including using social media, so please join the association to stay up to date on these developments.
The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) is delighted to announce a collaborative database of expertise. The database aims to collect information from experts on the MENA region and in the area of Islamic Studies more generally. It also lists institutional links between UK institutions and those in the region. The database is fully searchable by discipline, region, and by keyword, and will be a valuable tool for researchers and others looking to draw on Middle East and Islamic Studies expertise in the UK and more widely. Islamic Studies Network members are encouraged to enter their details into the database using the link above.
PUBLICATIONS, RESOURCES AND FUNDING
Over the past three years the Islamic Studies Network has funded and supported the development of a wide variety of resources for teaching and research in Islamic Studies. These resources are housed on our website and will remain available for you to access and use in your own teaching.
Reports and resources from the 14 learning and teaching projects funded by the Islamic Studies Network are now available online. These resources should be of use to Islamic Studies practitioners in a wide range of disciplines. They are:
- Accessing Muslim lives: translating and digitising autobiographical writings for teaching and learning
- An exploration of the viability of partnership between dar al-ulum and higher education institutions in north west England focusing upon pedagogy and relevance.
- Comparative Sharia Law: the development of teaching materials in the area of Sharia compliant financial instruments and intellectual property
- Encouraging Muslim women into higher education through partnerships and collaborative pathways
- End of life issues in Islam and Judaism
- Guidelines for the study of a local Muslim community
- Islamic law in the Law School: implementing a new pedagogy
- Muslims teaching Islamic Studies: methodological concerns, practical solutions
- Resource facilitating students’ research on media representations of Muslims
- Resources development for teaching in contemporary Islamic thinking
- Robert Rachied Stanley: Muslim history of Manchester
- Rural history of Islamic societies
- Starting to study Islam
- Teaching political Islam: upping the ante
The JISC-funded project ‘Fihrist: The Gateway to Manuscripts in Arabic Scripts’ builds on the significant work already funded by JISC that has facilitated online exposure of major ‘hidden’ Islamic manuscript collections held at Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham and Yale university libraries, the School of Oriental and African Studies and the Wellcome Library. The online searchable database of major manuscript collections in the UK now includes over 10,000 items and is available at on the Fihrist website.
Other resources developed through the Islamic Studies Network
The Islamic Studies Network project team has been involved in developing a number of resources for Islamic Studies teaching and research. These include:
Projects funded through the LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies:
- Arabic language and Islamic Studies: who studies Arabic and how can these skills be used at university and beyond?
- A Web-as-Corpus approach to populating Wikiversity for teaching about Islam and Muslims in language, linguistics and area studies
- A model for collaboration between HE and non-HE institutions in developing an Islamic Studies module (Qur’anic Arabic)
The UK Centre for Legal Education project Developing an Islamic Law Curriculum:
- Developing resources on Islamic law: bibliography and other useful information
- Glossary of key Arabic terms for teaching and learning Islamic law
- Approaches to teaching and learning Islamic law
- Islamic law and human rights: comparative perspectives
- Islamic law and the Muslim diaspora
- An introduction to Islamic family law
- An introduction to Islamic criminal justice
- An introduction to Islamic international law (Siyar)
- Introduction to welfare and Zakat law in Islam
- Sources of Islamic law
Teaching Islamic Studies in the Social Sciences:
- The study of Islam within Social Science curricula in UK universities (Vol.1)
- The study of Islam within Social Science curricula in UK universities (Vol. 2)
- Islamic Studies Social Sciences research blog
Post-event materials, such as presentations and reports, are now available online for the following recent events:
Date: 23 May 2012
Venue: HEFCE offices, Centrepoint, London
Date: 18 May 2012
Venue: London Metropolitan University
Date: 16 May 2012
Venue: Scarman House, University of Warwick
Date: 11 May 2012
Venue: Aberystwyth University
Date: 28 April 2012
Venue: University of Leeds
Date: 11 April 2012
The Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law (JISPIL) is pleased to announce a call for papers for its December 2012 edition. The journal comprises of two sections – articles and recent developments. Submissions for articles should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words, whereas, submissions to recent developments should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words. The deadline for submitting papers for the December edition is 15 November 2012. Submissions received after this date will only be considered for the following edition.
ISLAMIC STUDIES EVENTS
Islamic Studies Network event
Date: 8 March 2013
Venue: Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET
This event aims to discuss ethical business frameworks in a context of institutions run on Islamic principles. In particular we will look at how business ethics relate to the Islamic banking industry. The event is run in partnership with the El Shaarani Centre for Islamic Business & Finance at Aston University and the Association of Business Schools (ABS). Alongside guest speakers there will be opportunities to discuss topics and network.
Professor Mike West, Lancaster University: Virtuous organisations and good work
Simon Norton, Cardiff University: Corporate governance in financial institutions: an Islamic approach
Omneya Abdelsalam, Aston University and Marwa Elnahass, Lancaster University: Accountability of Middle East & North African (MENA) banks
Sector wide events - UK
Date: 16 November 2012
Venue: University of Derby
Date: 23 November 2012
Venue: Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education
Date: 24 November 2012
Venue: Birkbeck College, London
Date: 1 December 2012
Venue: Birkbeck College, London
Date: 24-26 June 2013
Venue: University College Dublin
Abstract deadline: 18 January 2013
Date: 19-21 November 2012
Venue: Istana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Date: February 11-12, 2013
Venue: Cairo University
Abstract deadline: 1 November 2012