CFP: Islam on the Prairies

CALL FOR PAPERS “Islam on the Prairies”

University of Saskatchewan and the Frances Morrison Public Library in
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 13-14, 2016.

The Islamic Studies Research Group at the University of Saskatchewan, in
collaboration with St. Thomas More College invites paper proposals for
its first conference “Islam on the Prairies.”

Keynote speakers are:

Dr. Ingrid Mattson (London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic
Studies at Huron University College, Western University)

Zarqa Nawaz (Creator of Little Mosque on the Prairies; author of
Laughing All the Way to the Mosque)

The second day of the conference will also include a public discussion
of the roles of religious communities in modern society, an interfaith
dialogue panel from representatives around the city, and presentations
by The Star Phoenix, CBC Saskatchewan, Saskatoon City Police, and
Saskatoon NGOs.

Islam has a long history on Canadian soil, with the first mosque built
on the prairies in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1938. Statistics Canada (2001)
counted nearly 600,000 Muslims, making Islam the fastest growing
religion in the country. As Muslims are still in the dialogic process of
negotiating how their belief and identities fit in the Canadian
environments, the need to understand their everyday lives and how they
make sense of their position in Canadian society cannot be exaggerated.

For the past ten years, along with other prairies provinces,
Saskatchewan has seen an overwhelming increase of different cultures,
ethnicities and religions migrating into the province. With the change
of Saskatchewan demographics, its identity is also changing, and many
questions about this process have risen from the community. Our
conference aims to explore the growing presence of Islam on the prairies
and in other Canadian provinces, implications of this process, and to
provide a dynamic space for the presentations and discussions on issues
related to Muslims in Canada. We also aim to facilitate collaboration
among scholars and researchers across disciplines, and to disseminate
the latest research findings in the form of an edited volume exclusively
focused on Islam on the prairies and elsewhere in Canada.

We welcome scholars from a wide range of social science and humanities
disciplines to submit their 350-words abstract that fall within the
following topics:

  1. Islam, Pluralism, and Diversity in the Canadian context;
  2. Islamic law, rituals, and ethics in everyday life of Muslim

  3. Mosques and Muslim Canadian institutions;

  4. Off-line and on-line public spheres for Muslim Canadians;

  5. Prairie/Canadian identity and Islam;

  6. Religious accommodation in the work place;

  7. Gender issues among Muslim Canadians;

  8. New Canadian Legislation (Bill C-24, Bill C-51) and its
    implications for Muslims.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts for 20-minute presentations
is 30 October 2015 (submitted electronically to
). Your abstract should contain your name, email, and institutional
affiliation directly after the title of your presentation. Notice of
acceptance will be sent within two weeks from the abstract deadline
submission date.

Authors interested in publication of their papers in the conference
proceedings should submit their final papers by January 15th
electronically to The papers should be in MS
Word format, and no more than 7,000 words in length. Paper acceptance in
the proceedings will be announced by January 30th, 2016.

Registration fee is C$110 for the presenter and academic participants,
(including conference proceedings), C$30 for students, and C$10 for
community participants (valid only on the second day). Students and
other participants may purchase conference proceedings on site for C$10.
Registration fees should be sent by personal check issued to Department
of Linguistics and Religious Studies, University of Saskatchewan. Please
send your registration fees (personal check) accompanied by a note with
your presentation title, your name, e-mail address, and institutional
affiliation, in an envelope, by post. Please address the envelope with
your check and an accompanying note to:

Fachrizal Halim
Department of Linguistics and Religious Studies
Arts Building, 910-9 Campus Drive,
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK, S7N5A5.

If you have any questions about the conference, please e-mail