29 July - 04 August 2019




40 Participants


8 Workshops


Transnational Islam and Challenges of Being Muslim Ummah

29 July-04 August 2019, Istanbul


The International ILEM Summer School (IISS), which addresses major themes and issues of the Islamic World in every year. The 6th IISS will occur in the Summer of 2019 and its major theme is “Transnational Islam and Challenges of Being Muslim Ummah” The intellectual and political imagination of classical and contemporary Islamic thought has played an important role in the creation and continuation of the Muslim Ummah, and its complex relationship to the “Other” throughout history. Aiming to make Muslims united, this mission enables the transnational understandings and identities of Islam(s) / Muslim(s) with new projections and also makes it compulsory to produce new policies. In this summer school, the ideal of being an Ummah, and the challenges faced by this ideal in the light of contemporary developments, will be discussed with special emphases on Theoretical Frameworks, Contemporary Debates and Future Projections.


  • Transnational Networks in the Islamic World
  • Transnational Organizations and Agencies in the Islamic World
  • Culture, Translation, and Reception in the Islamic World
  • Transnational Histories of the Modern Islamic Thought
  • Transnational Intellectual Mobilities and Networks of Muslim Scholars
  • The Historical Process of Idealization of Being Ummah
  • Common Demographic Indicators of the Muslim People
  • Redefining the Concept of Ummah
  • Sociological and Political Dimension of Ummah
  • Theoretical and Philosophical Debates on the Muslim World
  • Globalization, Localization, and Islam
  • Impacts of Nationalism, Sectarianism, and Secularism on the Ideal of Being Ummah
  • Nationalism, Sectarianism, and Secularism in the Muslim World
  • Muslim Communities in the Non-Muslim Countries
  • Muslim and Non-Muslim Minorities in the Muslim World
  • Islam, Politics, and Law in the West


Abdullah al-Ahsan

Bilal Kuşpınar

Cemil Aydın

Dzenita Karic


İsmail Kara

İsmail Yaylacı



Nurullah Ardıç

Ovamır Anjum

Important Dates

Deadline for Proposal (3-4 pages) Submission: 20 May 2019

Notification of Proposal Acceptance: 1 June 2019

Submission Deadline for the Final Version of Proceeding Papers: 1 July 2019

Notification of Final Paper Acceptance: 10 July 2019

Announcement of Summer School Program: 15 July 2019

Summer School Dates: 29 July 2019 – 04 August 2019


Ahmet Köroğlu, Istanbul University (Head Of Committee)
Burak Yuvalı, Scientific Studies Association (ILEM)
Esra Çifci, Marmara University
İbrahim Halil Üçer, Istanbul Medeniyet University
Latif Karagöz, Istanbul Medeniyet University
Mehmet Yıldırım, Scientific Studies Association (ILEM)
Süleyman Güder, Istanbul University
Taha Eğri, Kırklareli University
Yunus Çolak, Kırklareli University


Burak Yuvalı, Scientific Studies Association (ILEM)


Abdelwahab el-Affendi, Doha Institute
Abdullah al-Ahsan, Istanbul Sehir University
A. Selim Tekelioğlu,
 Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies
Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Ahmet Köroğlu, Istanbul University
Alev Erkilet, Istinye University
Ali Balcı, Sakarya University
Amal Ghazal, Simon Fraser University
Amjad Hussain, Marmara University
Andrew March, UMass Amherst
Armando Salvatore, McGill University
Edip Asaf Bekaroğlu, Istanbul University
Ercüment Asil, Ibn Haldun University
Fabio Vicini, Istanbul 29 Mayıs University
Hafsa Kanjwal, Lafayette College
Hayriye Asena Demirer, Gelisim University
Hossein Kamaly, Columbia University
İbrahim Halil Üçer, Istanbul Medeniyet University
İhsan Fazlıoğlu, Istanbul Medeniyet University
İsmail Yaylacı,
Istanbul Sehir University

Jamel Akbar, Fatih Sultan Mehmet University
Joseph Kaminski,
International University of Sarajevo
Lütfi Sunar, Istanbul Medeniyet University
M. Ali Büyükkara, Istanbul Sehir University
M. Hilmi Özev, Istanbul University
M. Hüseyin Mercan, Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University
Michelangelo Guida, Istanbul 29 Mayıs University
Muqteadar Khan, University of Delaware
Naoki Yamamato, Ibn Haldun University
Necmettin Kızılkaya, Istanbul University
Oğuzhan Göksel, Istanbul 29 Mayıs University
Ovamir Anjum, University of Toledo
Rahile Kızılkaya Yılmaz, Marmara University
Sajjad Rizvi, University of Exeter
Sami Al Daghistani, Columbia University
Sarah Marusek, University of Leeds
Sari Hanafi, American University of Beirut
Selim Argun, Presidency of Religious Affairs of Turkey
Serhan Afacan, Istanbul Medeniyet University
Süleyman Güder,
 Istanbul University
Taha Eğri, Kırklareli University
Tahsin Görgün, Istanbul 29 Mayis University
Vahdettin Işık, Ibn Haldun University
Yunus Kaya, Istanbul University

FAQS / find your answers

Visits to some historical and cultural places, some libraries and research centers will be performed within the Summer School.
All participants have to attend the lectures.
Declaration of accepted applicants will be on July 1, 2019.
All participants have to choose one of the workshops and present a paper within the workshop.
All participants should present a paper on a specific topic related to main theme of the Summer School.
Applications should be done through ‘Apply’ button on the website. (http://iiss.ilem.org.tr/apply/)
Any International MA or Ph.D. students with qualified academic work are expected to apply for the 6th International Summer School.  Applicants must provide us a proposal, not less than 900 words or up to maximum 1200 words and the deadline to submit abstracts is May 20th, 2019.  Since at that stage the topic proposed might not have been explored in sufficient detail, the initial proposal can consist of an outline of the study proposed. The proposed area of research and methodology, including aims of the research, context and justification and research question should be written in the proposal. We invite graduate students and junior scholars from the fields of philosophy, law, theology, political science, history, sociology, and other related disciplines. Accepted applicants will be expected to participate and present a paper in the program. We aim to produce a pioneering book volume(s) that breaks new ground in this field from the papers produced as a result of Summer School sessions.
6th IISS is a free event. Travel costs will be covered regarding the evaluation results. Accommodation and meals of all participants will be covered by the organization. Participants do not pay any fee for the registration, social programs etc.
No. Only graduate students can participate in the Summer School.


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