Islam, the body and the self

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La Facultad de Estudios islámicos de la Universidad de Sarajevo, junto con el NISIS – Leiden, el IISM – Paris, el CNM – Marburg, y el CSIC – Madrid, organizan la escuela de primavera ”Islam, the body and the self”, que tendrá lugar en Sarajevo del 13 al 17 de marzo de 2017.

Por ello, invita a estudiantes de doctorado y de máster cuyas investigaciones se centren en el estudio de los musulmanes, las sociedades musulmanas y el Islam, en el más amplio sentido de la palabra, a enviar sus solicitudes. Algunos de los estudiantes que resulten seleccionados recibirán una retribución para cubrir los gastos de viaje y alojamiento.

Las personas interesadas en participar deberán enviar su solicitud a Muhamed Fazlović ( antes del lunes 16 de enero de 2017, 09.00 hrs (CET).

Las solicitudes deben incluir en un solo documento pdf la siguiente documentación:
– CV
– carta de motivación
– una descripción de una página sobre el proyecto de máster o de doctorado, indicando el nombre del o de los supervisores.
– una carta de recomendación del supervisor de máster o tesis.
– título y abstract de 250 palabras máximo de tu presentación
– una breve biografía (máximo 50 palabras) redactada en tercera persona.



Información original:

The Faculty of Islamic Studies call for applications | Sarajevo Spring School ”Islam, the body and the self” | Mon 13 – Fri 17 March 2017 | Sarajevo | Convenors: Faculty of Islamic Studies – University of Sarajevo; NISIS – Leiden, IISM – Paris, CNM – Marburg, and CSIC – Madrid

PhD candidates, research master students and advanced MA students, whose research focuses on the study of Muslims, Muslim societies and Islam in the broadest sense of the word, are invited to apply for participation. Successful applicants will be granted participation in the full programme. A limited number of successful applicants will be granted an allowance  to cover their travel and housing expenses.

To apply for participation, applications must be sent to Mr. Muhamed Fazlović ( before  Monday 16 January 2017, 09.00 hrs (CET). Applications submitted after this date will not be taken into consideration.

Applications must include the following (in one single pdf document):
– a CV
– a motivation letter
– a one-page description of your MA thesis or PhD project, indicating supervisor(s)
– a reference letter from your MA thesis/PhD supervisor
– a title and an abstract of your presentation (250 words (max))*
– a short biography (50 words max, in third person)*

*If your application is successful these will be used in the programme booklet.

Please note the following:
1.     This call for applications concerns the places allocated to Faculty of Islamic Studies participants in the Sarajevo Spring School.
2.     The Faculty of Islamic Studies’ PhD and advanced MA students automatically qualify for participation (if capacity permits). If they want to participate they have to apply by handing in a title and abstract and a short biography. They will be accepted on the condition that capacity premits.
3.     The number of applicants admitted to the Spring School is limited.
5.     Successful applicants are responsible for arranging their travel and accommodation in Sarajevo themselves. A limited number of successful applicants will be granted an allowance  to cover their travel and housing expenses.

Theme: ‘Islam, the body and the self’
Religion is not exclusively about textuality. We cannot study religion without taking into account the multiple dimensions of the body as an object of research in its own right. This is also the case with Islam. The Body and the Self is the theme of the FIN, NISIS, IISMM, CNMS and CSIC Springschool, to be held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in March 2017. The body is the oldest and probably most essential religious medium. Oral transmission is considered the most appropriate way of transmitting the word of God. Just as in any religious tradition at the heart of Islam is the body as the carrier of that tradition.
There are many normative references in theological and juridical sources to various aspects and features of the body. There is an intriguing paradox with respect to the position of the body in Islamic tradition. Although it is considered as the central carrier of tradition, the centrality of the body may also easily open up to idolatry. Iconography is an important emerging field in Islamic studies because it explores among other things the dynamics of the imagination of the human body in Islam in relation to its central religious tenets dealing with its representation. The growth of the modern media replete with images adds new dimensions to the study of iconography and the body.
Religious boundary making also works through the body. The body is the pivotal object of imagination and symbolism in interactions between the self and the other and between Muslims and non-Muslims. Processes of boundary making, othering, exclusion and physical extinction, but also reconciliation and dialogue, always take place through corporeal practices and interactions. Under conditions of war, bodily violence constitutes a compelling and extreme form of boundary making. It involves the use of the body to establish the parameters of otherness, taking the body apart to define the enemy within. But we can also think of more banal and everyday situations of boundary making in which the body plays a central role such as sport and the bodily culture that surrounds it.
And last but not least, the body is the single most important vessel for religious practice. Religion is performed through the body and reversely, stages in the lives of individuals such as birth, marriage and family formation, death and burial constitute important ritual moments in religious traditions. Religiosity is being shaped and re-shaped under changing circumstances through the process of embodiment. The body in Islam has a history in this respect. Ethical and moral improvement, the disciplining of the body for moral improvement, the formation and fashioning of the (Islamic) self is first and foremost accomplished, enabled, but also limited by our bodies. Rituals, acquiring and disseminating knowledge, and disciplinary practices, are accomplished through embodiment. And being in the world, self-understanding, the making of selfhood, and identity-making cannot be properly understood if we would ignore the crucial agency of the body.
We invite researchers explicitly working on the body, but also those not explicitly addressing the body to explore the relevance of the body and the self in their work.
The organisation of the Sarajevo Spring School is a joint effort by:
– Faculty of Islamic Studies, University of Sarajevo
– Centre for Near and Middle Eastern Studies / Centrum für nah- und mittelost-Studien (CNMS), University of  Marburg
– L’Institut d’études de l’Islam et des Sociétés du Monde Musulman / École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (IISMM/EHESS)
– Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies (NISIS) and
– Instituto de Lenguas y Culturas del Mediterráneo y Oriente Próximo / The Spanish National Research Council (


Fuente: Call for applications

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