Author Archives: Madisun

Beyond Accommodation: Everyday Narratives of Muslim Canadians

THE IDEA OF EUROPEAN ISLAM, by Mohammed Hashas, Routledge 2019

I am very happy to share with you my news; my new book is in print officially from today 07 September 2018: The Idea of European Islam: Religion, Ethics, Politics and Perpetual Modernity, Routledge Islamic Studies Series, © 2019, pp. 330.
The book is prefaced by professor Jocelyne Cesari, Georgetown University and University of Birmingham.
A  Preview of the book (the Introduction, and summaries of chapters) is here in pdf:
Review copy could be requested from here:


Mohammed Hashas’s book points to ways to break away from essentialized and inverted perceptions of Islam and Muslims by focusing on the original thinking of European Muslim thinkers who are providing new theological responses to address the specifics of European Muslims, therefore taking a much needed distance from Middle Eastern and/or salafi religious discourses. His work discusses the specificity of European Islamic thinking and emphasizes the importance of considering it as seriously as we consider thinkers in the Middle East or Asia.

Jocelyne Cesari, Georgetown University and University of Birmingham

In this meticulous and frequently brilliant study of the ideas, practices and precedents of European Islam, Mohammed Hashas illuminates and engages intellectual landscapes at the intersection of geography, theology, philosophy and politics. This book deserves a wide readership. After the dust settles, and it always does, The Idea of European Islam will remain on bookshelves and syllabi for years to come.

Jonathan Laurence, Professor of Political Science, Boston College

In a serious effort to capture the contours and details of European Islam, Mohammed Hashas provides an engaging account of several Muslim thinkers in Europe. He provides a theory to discuss the content of Muslim moral philosophy, theology and politics in conversation with leading thinkers based in Europe and those outside the continent in a search for solutions. Provocative as well as engaging. Anyone interested in one of the most important questions regarding the future of Europe in an age of migration and technological acceleration will find this to be an important book.

Ebrahim Moosa, Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Notre Dame, USA.

Thank you very much for sharing the news among the concerned in your contacts. Looking forward to reading the book’s scholarly reception!


Book release: Imams in Western Europe: Developments, Transformations, and Institutional Challenges. Hashas, de Ruiter, and Vinding (eds), Amsterdam University Press, 2018

Buddhism & Australia 2019: Call for Papers

The 8th International Conference Buddhism & Australia

’History, current presence and future directions for Buddhism in Austral-Asian region’

7-9 February, 2019

The IC Buddhism & Australia is pleased to invite abstracts for panel sessions and individual papers for the 8th International Conference Buddhism & Australia that will be held on 7-9 February 2019 in Perth, Western Australia.

This conference investigates the history, current and future directions of Buddhism in Australasia and is a platform for scientists and Buddhists to present their latest researches on Buddhism. Researchers across a broad range of disciplines are welcomed as well the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.

The main themes of the Buddhism & Australia 2019 are

*Buddhism and its History in India

*Buddhism and its History in Sri Lanka

*Buddhism and Computers

*Buddhism in Our Days Tibet

What to Send

Proposals may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information:
*affiliation as you would like it to appear in program
*email address,
*title of proposal,
*body of proposal; no more than 300 words,
*up to 10 keywords.
*CV max 2 pages

Proposals should be submitted by October 20, 2018 by the following email:
If a proposal is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by December 20, 2018.  We acknowledge receipt and answer to all proposals submitted.


To participate in the 8th International Conference Buddhism & Australia, please contact Marju Broder by the following email:

For more information:

Marju Broder
Organizing Chair
Mob + 610405549923

Registration for NCSR 2018 is now open!

The 24th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion (NCSR 2018) ~ 1-3. August 2018.

Dear all,
Conference registration to the Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion 2018 is now open! Welcome!

The total conference fee is 1830 NOK. Please note that registration is divided into two separate payments and will take place in two steps. Step 1: Registration fee (900 NOK), Step 2: NJRS subscription (848 NOK). Both payments must be made before you are registered as a participant at the conference.

Accompanying persons, who would like to attend the reception, fjord cruise, and conference dinner, are warmly welcome. They only need to complete Registration Step 1 (900 NOK).

Please note that all paper presenters must register and pay their fee by June 15th, otherwise their right to present their paper is withdrawn.

The total conference fee includes:

  • Access to all scientific events at the conference
  • Welcoming reception hosted by the City of Oslo July 31st
  • Lunch and coffee/tea/fruit Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Evening fjord cruise with shrimp buffet on Wednesday (drinks must be purchased individually)
  • Conference dinner on Thursday evening
  • A two-year subscription of Nordic Journal of Religion and Society (issue 2/2018-1/2020)

In order to register and pay your conference fee, please click on the link below:

Best wishes,
Netta Marie Rønningen and the NCSR Organizational Committee

Workshop on religious urbanization in Africa, 11 May

Moral economies of ‘development’ in urban Africa


An international research workshop funded by the British Academy/Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) through the RUA project and hosted by SSPSSR, University of Kent


Friday 11 May 2018 | The Common Room, Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury, Kent


Places are free, but limited. To book a place and for further information:

please email:

This interdisciplinary symposium brings together scholars from three continents to discuss the intersections and tensions between moral economies of ‘development’, religious urbanisation and social change in contemporary Africa. How are visions of the ‘ideal city’ materially articulated in religious imaginaries, experiences and concrete urban developments? What kind of centralities and peripheries are produced and reproduced through mega-urbanisation and religious place-making? How should development policies and analyses take account of religious dynamics and religious actors in African urban contexts?


Speakers include:

Simon Coleman (University of Toronto)

Immaculata Nwokoro (University of Lagos)

Paul-Francois Tremlett (Open University)

Xavier Moyet (University of Toronto)

Aurélien Mokoko-Gampiot (GSRL/CNRS, Paris)

Ben Jones (University of East Anglia)

Marloes Janson (SOAS, London)

Gareth Millington (University of York)

Thomas Akoensi (University of Kent)


David Garbin (SSPSSR, University of Kent)


Places are free, but limited. To book a place and for further information:

please email:

Approaching Religion (Vol. 8/1) published: The history of modern Western esotericism

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to announce the publication of Vol. 8/1 of our journal Approaching Religion.

Theme: The history of modern Western esotericism
Guest editors: Dr Tiina Mahlamäki & Dr Maarit Leskelä-Kärki

You find the journal open access at

AR is an open access journal published by the Donner Institute. Its purpose is to publish current research on religion and culture and to offer a platform for scholarly co-operation and debate within these fields. The articles have been selected on the basis of peer-review.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,

International Conference: Orientalism, Neo-Orientalism and Post-Orientalism – May 17-18, 2018 SHANGHAI UNIVERSITY TK



15th Anniversary of Memory of Edward Said (1935-2003)

and 40th Anniversary of His Book (1978)


MAY 17 – 18, 2018



A New Issue: Sociology of Islam – Volume 6, Issue 1, 2018

Sociology of Islam

Volume 6, Issue 1, 2018

A Manifesto: The Meaning of Sociology of Islam, Muslim Societies, the “Middle East” and the Human Rights Industry
Islam. The Meaning of Style
African American Twelver Shia Community of New York
Society in Qatar before the Oil Industry in Light of Archaeological Evidence
Texts as Objects of Value and Veneration
·  Book Review
Muslim Civil Society and the Politics of Religious Freedom in Turkey, written by Jeremy F. Walton
·  Book Review
Corporate Islam: Sharia and the Modern Workplace, written by Sloane-White, Patricia

Strangers to Citizens (S2C)

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am a reader in history at Glasgow Caledonian University, and am currently putting together an application for EU funding for a group project whose focus would be the history of immigration, provisionally titled ‘Strangers to Citizens’. The project would be based around an MSCA incoming fellowship, whereby a scholar from outside the UK (preferably from another EU country) would come to Glasgow to base himself or herself at our institution and run the project.

Professor Tariq Modood of the University of Bristol has recommended that I contact you to ask if you would circulate a call for candidates via your mailing list. I would be very grateful if you would do this for me. Please find the call attached, together with a short text for the introductory email.

Please let me know if you have any concerns or would like any further information.
Yours sincerely,
Ben Shepherd