CfP – Compiling a Tradition: History and Development of the Early Imāmī Hadith Corpora

Al-Mahdi Institute is pleased to announce the call for papers for their upcoming two-day conference ‘Compiling a Tradition: The History and Development of the Early Imāmī Hadith Corpora.’

The conference will take place at Al-Mahdi Institute between 12 – 13 February 2024. The proceedings from the conference shall be published in an edited volume with AMI Press.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1 November 2023.

Further information is available here:

Call for Papers

“Islamic Tradition at the End of Late Antiquity:

New Perspectives on Hadith, History, and Historiography”

The ERC project “The Qurʾan as a Source for Late Antiquity” (QaSLA) has opened its call for papers for the conference Islamic Tradition at the End of Late Antiquity: New Perspectives on Hadith, History, and Historiography, to be held in Tübingen, Germany, from July 8–10, 2024.

The three-day conference aims at attracting contributions to the scholarly discourse on Islamic tradition and the late antique milieu, particularly studies that pursue connections between the hadith literature, Islamicate historiography, and Jewish and Christian traditions from the period of Islam’s emergence.

The conference is oriented towards exploring new connections between Islam and the late antique milieu, while shifting the emphasis to the hadith, broadly defined. Can the hadith prove to be a reliable source for historical inquiry into the 7th century, despite its codification in the 9th century? And, if so, can other genres of hadith convey insights that contradict or confirm the tafsīr tradition? How might different methodological approaches to the hadith and improved analytical techniques shed new light on the Qurʾan and its environment? And how is the hadith, if at all,a witness to the existence of and the specific cultural and religious impact of Jewish, Christian, or other communities in Arabia?

While we are particularly interested in scholarly contributions that engage with the preceding questions, we welcome other avenues of inquiry into the hadith, Islamic late antiquity, and the interaction of Jews, Christians, and (other) Arabian peoples in and around the 7th century CE. By way of example, themes to be addressed include:

1. Methodological approaches to the study of Muslim traditions: hadith, tafsīr, and akhbār

2. Judeo-Christian elements in hadith, such as the isrāʾīliyyāt, and other Islamic literature

3. Interactions between Islamic and other late antique legal and juridical ideas

4. Portrayals of Jews and Christians in Islamic tradition

Travel and accommodation expenses in Tübingen for the duration of the research symposium will be covered by QaSLA.

This call for papers invites Early Career Researchers (PhD candidates and within five years of the award of the PhD). It seeks to promote outstanding research of early career scholars and bring them in conversation with established scholars of Hadith Studies and Late Antiquity as well as historians of early Islam.

Please note that all proposals must include:

  • Author name and affiliation
  • C.V.
  • Paper title
  • 250-word paper abstract (written in English)

Abstract Due: July 31st, 2023

For questions and proposals contact:

Ana Davitashvili:

Raashid Goyal:

Contact Email:

CALL FOR PAPERS – Muslim Intellectual History in Mughal South Asia [Conference and Publication]

The ongoing study of Muslim intellectual pursuits in the subcontinent is bringing to light a world far more dynamic than previously believed. The region appears better situated within transregional contexts, and offers intellectual trajectories with reverberations across a range of fields. This conference invites specialists to present research on Muslim intellectual history in Mughal South Asia within the following areas:

1. Philosophy, Theology, and Science

2. Rhetoric, Law, and Scripturalist Disciplines

3. Islamo-Sanskrit Engagements

4. Socio-Intellectual History.

Abstracts of 300-400 words must be submitted by June 23 to Selected applicants will be notified by July 7. The event will be hosted at U.C. Berkeley on October 6-7, 2023, with travel and accommodation covered for visiting presenters. Each participant will have 45 minutes to present (including Q&A). The final articles will be published as a special issue or volume edited by the organizers. The submission deadline for complete articles is March 15, 2024.

For further details see the full call for papers attached below.