Call for Papers: Muslim-Christian Workshop on Philosophy, Religion, and Science

Muslim-Christian Workshop on Philosophy, Religion, and Science

American University of Sharjah, UAE

March 14-17, 2018

Call for Papers


Overview: The purpose of this workshop, the second in a series in the Middle East, is to provide a forum for philosophical and theological discussion, exchange, and mutual learning for Muslim and Christian scholars and junior researchers. Senior scholars will give 2-hour or 1-hour lectures on major topics, while young academics (graduate students or early career professors) will present their selected research papers in 30 minutes (20 min talks + 10 min discussions) each. The goal is for everyone, particularly the young academics, to benefit from multi-disciplinary and inter-religious perspectives and to identify new avenues of research.

Submissions are restricted to graduate students and early career professors from the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region as well as from Turkey, Pakistan, and India. Papers must be in English and have philosophical or theological (not purely historical or scientific or exegetical) content (see suggested topics below).

Complete papers (3,000–5,000 words) and abstracts (100-200 words), should be submitted (for blind review) in Word or pdf to The body of the email should include: author’s name; title of the paper; institutional affiliation; word count. Papers will be reviewed by the workshop committee. Since we are seeking to identify new scholars, previous participants may not submit.

The organizers plan to publish a volume with the most noteworthy papers given in the workshop.

Submission deadline: January 21, 2018, possibly extendable to Jan. 31, 2018.

Notification of acceptance will be via email by February 10, 2018. A copy of the author’s passport should be attached to the submission to speed up the application for a visa for accepted participants.

Travel and accommodation will be provided for all accepted presenters.

Suggested Topics:

  • Religion and the Sciences of Origins (Cosmology, Evolution)
  • Philosophy and Theology/Kalam in science and religion
  • Methodological naturalism, science and religion
  • The Question of Consciousness and the Soul
  • Religion and Psychology
  • Scriptures and science
  • Multi-disciplinary Views on Ethics

For further information, contact Professor Kelly James Clark @


  • The Kaufman Interfaith Institute, Grand Valley State University, USA
  • Kalam Research, and Media – Dubai, UAE
  • American University of Sharjah, UAE
  • John Templeton Foundation, USA

Photo Credit

Representation of Abu al-Walid Muhammad ibn Rushd (1126-1198) (or Averroes), philosopher and Arab physician. Painting by Francisco Fonollosa.