“Re-centering Islamic Studies: Contemporary Discourses between Revealed Knowledge and Social Sciences”

Islamic Studies, originating in early Islamic civilization, emphasized religious texts and knowledge preservation. Medieval Islamic scholars integrated Islamic principles with rational inquiry. Colonial encounters led to marginalization of Islamic knowledge by Western education systems, creating a divide between religious and secular education. This spurred modernization efforts in the 19th and 20th centuries, prompting a crisis of relevance in Islamic Studies as traditional methods clashed with societal changes.

In the present era, Islamic Studies stands at a critical juncture. The field is no longer confined to the study of religious texts but encompasses many subjects, including history, politics, sociology, and gender studies. This expansion reflects the need to address contemporary issues facing Muslim societies globally. This conference aims to reevaluate epistemologies and approaches in Islamic studies

Topics for panel discussion

  1. Qur’an and Hadith Studies
  • Contemporary Approaches to the Qur’an and Hadith Studies
  • Qur’anic and Hadith Studies in the Eastern and the Western Scholarship
  • Qur’anic and Hadith Studies in Indonesian Scholarship
  1. Religious Studies
  • The Intertwine between Religious Studies and Islamic Studies
  • Religious Studies in Islamic and Western Tradition
  • Localizing Religious Studies in Indonesia Context
  1. Sufism and Theosophy
  • Re-centering Social Theory on Sufism
  • New Trends in Contemporary Studies on Sufism
  • De-centering Sufism in the West
  1. Islam and Politics
  • The Ulama and the Guardianship of State
  • Sharia Law in the Secular State
  • Female Ulama in the Muslim World

Welcoming Speech

  • Prof. Akh. Muzakki, M.Ag., Grad.Dip. SEA., M.Phil., Ph.D. (UIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya, Indonesia)
  • Prof. Abdul Kadir Riyadi, Ph.D (UIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya, Indonesia).

Keynote Speaker

  • Prof. Syed Farid Alatas (National University of Singapore)
  • Prof. Seyed Javad Miri (Institute of Humanities and Cultural Studies, İran)

Main Speakers

  • Prof. Ronald A. Lukens-Bull (University of North Florida, USA)
  • Dr. Mohamed Shahid Mathee (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • Dr. Yuka Kayane (University of Tsukuba, Japan

Important Dates

  • 3 May 2024 : Abstract submission
  • 17 May 2024 : Paper acceptance notification
  • 14 June 2024 : Full paper deadline
  • 25-26 June 2024 : Conference date

Twin Tower UIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia


  • Unpublished paper max 3.000 words.
  • The paper must be aligned with the panel theme.
  • Pay contribution fee.
  • Transportation expenses are covered by the panelists.

Publication Opportunity
The papers will be published in the ICMUST proceeding. Selected papers will be published in the following journals:

  • Teosofi (Scopus Q2/Sinta 1)
  • Mutawatir (Sinta 2)
  • Religio (Sinta 2)
  • Jurnal Review Politik (Sinta 2)
    (Authors will be required to pay separate publication fees.)

Contribution Fee
Local Presenter (Public)

  • Online Rp.150.000
  • Offline Rp.350.000
    International Presenter (Public)
  • Online USD 25
  • Offline USD 35
    Local Presenter (Student)
  • Online Rp.150.000
  • Offline Rp. 250.000
    Internasional Presenter (Student)
  • Online USD 10
  • Offline USD 20

Submission Link

Contact Person
Muhammad Afdillah

Further Information