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>From:         Dr Jeff Morrison <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Call for papers
>
>Call for Papers
>Conference:
>German Encounters with Islam
>
>To be hosted by the Department of German, 
>National University of Ireland, Maynooth
>22-24 March 2007
>
>Given the prevailing global political and  - 
>sadly - military situation, it seems 
>particularly pertinent to investigate the 
>relationship between Europe and the Islamic 
>world. This relationship is clearly now very 
>strained and so it has become the subject of 
>serious reflection for political, church and 
>intellectual leaders, as well as for the 
>ordinary citizens who find themselves at the 
>interface of two cultures. Whereas in earlier 
>times any European engagement with Islam would 
>have meant substantially engagement with a 
>remote ëOtherí, it now often involves 
>interaction with a near neighbour or indeed 
>looking within at the developing Islamic 
>presence inside and integrally part of European 
>culture. Islamic self-definition is likewise 
>increasingly coloured by global influences which 
>problematize a simple sense of Islamic self.
>This conference is intended to illuminate a 
>range of specifically German (-language) 
>literary/intellectual responses to Islamic 
>culture with a view to revealing aspects of the 
>dynamics of cultural interaction. We would be 
>particularly keen to receive submissions which 
>offer insights into the development of German 
>views on Islam over time and those which deal 
>directly with theological issues.
>
>Potential areas for discussion might include:
>
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>- the depiction of firsthand encounters with Islamic cultures in travelogues
>  - the incorporation of characters, situations, 
>locations from the Islamic world into literary 
>texts
>  - writing by Muslims, or by those of a Muslim background in German
>
>          - writing on Islamic art
>             - historical writing with a focus on Muslim states
>          - political responses to Islam
>
>
>- theological discussion of inter-faith relations
>
>Proposals (400 words max.) for 30 minute papers 
>should be forwarded by 1 October 2006 to:
>Dr. Jeff Morrison
>Dept. of German
>National University of Ireland, Maynooth
>Maynooth
>Co. Kildare
>Republic of Ireland
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