Islam and the Humanities

Conference 2018

Assessing the Islamic Past: Historical and Philosophical Interventions

Brown University, Providence, Rhode ​​Island, April 20 and 21, 2018.

This conference is dedicated to exploring epistemological issues pertaining to how we read sources for the Islamic past and construct scholarly narratives about them. Presenters will engage a wide variety of materials, time periods, and geographical locations with the aim of constructing a common conversation on the topic. The panels are moderated by colleagues with expertise beyond Islamic materials, in order to highlight the significance of conceptual matters.

The conference is cosponsored by Islam and the Humanities research initiative, Cogut Institute for the Humanities, and the departments of History and Religious Studies at Brown. We are especially pleased that the conference is also cosponsored by the journal History and Theory with plans to create a special issue based on conference presentations.