Maın Theme of IISS 7

Muslim Identity in the Modern World:
Facts, Threats, and Prospects

5 – 9 July 2021


The International ILEM Summer School (IISS) discusses various aspects of crucial issues pertaining to the Islamic world every program. In the IISS 7, the broad theme to be discussed is Muslim Identity in the Modern World.  The trajectories of Muslim Identity are an exceedingly important intellectual resource for making sense of the Muslim question in the present world. The IISS 7 is geared towards earnestly comprehending these trajectories alongside, in the light of both historical and contemporary developments, attending to the range of challenges that the Muslim identity confronts in the modern world. Core issues/concerns related to significant inquiries, it is hoped, could be looked into within the subthemes Theoretical and Historical Frameworks and Contemporary Debates and Future Prospects.

Topıcs of IISS 7

  • Sociological and Political Dimension of Islam and Identity
  • Theoretical and Philosophical Debates on the Muslim Identity and Representation
  • Muslim Identity in Architecture, Urbanism and Environment
  • Muslim Identity in Social Life and Customs
  • Muslim Identity in Culture, Literature, and Art
  • Muslim Identity in the Intellectual Mobilities and Networks of Muslim Scholars
  • Transnational Networks and Muslim Identity in the Islamic World
  • Muslim Representations and Histories of the Modern Islamic Thought
  • Muslim Identities in Non-Muslim Countries
  • Perception, Identity, and Representation in Islam
  • Islamophobic Casting of Muslim Identity: A Critical Reading of Media Narratives/Depictions
  • Visuals of Muslim-ness: Image, Text, and the Politics of Representation
  • Rethinking the Contemporary: Identity Crises and Challenges in the Muslim World
  • Globalization and Global Muslim Identity in the Muslim World
  • Crises and Formation of Muslim Identity in Religiously Diverse Societies
  • Politics, Nationality, and Muslim Identities
  • Capitalism, Consumption, and Muslim Identities
  • Constructions of Muslim Identities in History
  • The Role of Muslim Identity in Intercultural Communication
  • Muslim Identity: Diaspora, Fluidity, and Integration
  • Reinventing Identities: Digital Muslim-ness and Narratives of Muslim Identity on Social Media
  • New Muslim Youth Movements and the Question of Identity
  • Secularism and Expressions of Muslim-ness: Challenges and Prospects
  • Multiculturalism and the Myriad Claims of Muslim Identity
  • Contesting Claims of Muslim-ness: Identity, Ideology, and Power
  • Populist Politics and ‘Secular’ Restraining of Muslim-ness
  • Democracy’s Right Turn and the Muslim Question in the Modern World
  • Religious Looks, Secular Outlooks: Performative Anxiety of Muslims
  • Muslim Identity in Global Security Discourses
  • Relationship Between Muslim Identity and Racial Attitudes
  • Racial Dynamics and Identities within Muslim Societies
  • Different Muslim Identity Concepts: Hybrid, Multiple, and Reactionary
  • Muslim Identity in Colonial and Postcolonial Era: Transformations and Continuities
  • Postcolonialism and Muslim Identity
  • Social Change and Reconstruction of Muslim Identity

Important Dates


Ahmet Köroğlu, Istanbul University (Head of Committee)
Abdulkadir Macit, Kocaeli University
Ahmed Badawi Mustapha, Middle East Technical University
Ahmed Kaihoul, University of Larbi Ben M’hidi
Ali Eşlik, Van Yüzüncü Yıl University
Asiye Şahin, Istanbul Medeniyet University
Baptiste Brodard, University of Fribourg
Burak Yuvalı, Scientific Studies Association (ILEM)
Esra Çifci, Marmara University
Irfanullah Farooqi, South Asian University
İbrahim Halil Üçer, Istanbul Medeniyet University

Latif Karagöz, Istanbul Medeniyet University
Metin Celil, Southeast Europe University
Nagat Emara, Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Nia Deliana,International Islamic University of Malaysia
Riaz Ahmed Saeed, NUML University
Sedad Beslija, University of Sarajevo
Sevba Abdulla, Marmara University
Yılmaz Gümüş, Osnabrück University
Yunus Çolak, Kırklareli University
Yusuf Temizcan, Scientific Studies Association (ILEM)


Burak Yuvalı, Scientific Studies Association (ILEM)


Abdulkader Tayob, University of Cape Town
Abdullah Al Ahsan, Istanbul Şehir University
Adis Duderija, Griffith University
Ahmed Kulanić, International University of Sarajevo
Ahmet Alibašić, University of Sarajevo
Ahmet Köroğlu, Istanbul University
Ahmet Selim Tekelioğlu, CAIR – The Maydan
Alev Erkilet, Ibn Haldun University
Ali Hüseyinoğlu, Trakya University
Ali Osman Qasmi, Lahore University
Amjad Hussain, Marmara University
Amr Ryad, Ku Leuven University
Andrew March, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Bilal Kuşpınar, Necmettin Erbakan University
Carol Kersten, King’s College London
Cemil Aydın,   The University of North Carolina
Damira Sikhimbayeva, Al Farabi Kazakh National University
Ercüment Asil, Ibn Haldun University
Fabio Vicini, University of Verona
Geoffrey P. Nash, University of London
H. Asena Demirer, Istanbul Gelişim University
Hafsa Kanjval, Lafayette Collage
Haiyun Ma, Frostburg State University
Heba Raouf, Ibn Haldun University
Hüseyin Yılmaz, George Mason University
Irfan Ahmad, Max Planck Institute
İbrahim Halil Üçer, Istanbul Medeniyet University

İhsan Fazlıoğlu, Istanbul Medeniyet University
Joseph Kaminski,
International University of Sarajevo
Kenan Tekin,
Harvard University
Lütfi Sunar, Istanbul Medeniyet University
Mesut Idriz, University of Sharjah
Michalangelo Guida, Istanbul 29 Mayıs University
Moch Nur Ichwan, State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga
Muhamed A. Ağcan, Istanbul University
Muhammed Hüseyin Mercan, Marmara University
Muhammed Tahir Kılavuz, Marmara University
Muqtedar Khan, University of Delaware
Naoki Qayyim Yamamato, Ibn Haldun University
Nassef Manabilang Adiong, University of Phillipine Diliman
Necmettin Kızılkaya, Istanbul University
Ömer Koçyiğit, Leiden University
Rahile Kızılkaya Yılmaz, Marmara University
Salman Sayyid, University of Leeds
Saadia Yacob, Williams College
Sarah Marusek, University of Leeds
Sari Hanafi, American University of Beirut
Sumanto Al Qurtuby, Middle East Institute
Süleyman Güder, Istanbul University
Taha Eğri, Kırklareli University
Tahir Abbas, Leiden University
Usama Al Azami, University of Oxford
Yunus Kaya, Istanbul University

FAQS / find your answers

We are seeking submissions from fields inclusive of, but not limited to philosophy, law, religious studies, art history, political science, history, comparative literature, sociology, different regional studies etc. In addition to seeking submissions from graduate students, and junior faculty members to participate in the IISS and present papers.  
All participants have to attend the lectures, panels, workshops, and talks. All participants must present his/her paper within the workshop.
Participants register to the Congress Management System and write his/her proposal and references between 900-1200 words to the system. The proposals will be evaluated by the International ILEM Summer School Scientific Committee. Participants that proposals are accepted are requested to upload their full texts of submissions to the Congress Managements System. The Full Texts of submissions will be evaluated by the International ILEM Summer School Scientific Committee again. According to the consequences of this final evaluation, the participants who are entitled to participate in the IISS will be announced.
All participants must present his/her paper within the workshop.
No. All participants must present a paper.
IISS 7 is a free event. It is not a paid summer school. There is no registration fee for the program.
The IISS 7 will be held online due to the global pandemic.
No. Only graduate students can participate in the IISS.


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