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[Call for Papers] Anti-Migration Politics & Islamic Ethics: Nationalism, Discrimination, Securitization & Vulnerable Groups

CILE Seminar in Doha, Qatar

20-22 September 2020

>> New deadline for Abstracts: 10 June 2020 <<


The Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) is pleased to invite scholars, academics and researchers to submit their research papers to a seminar 

Anti-Migration Politics and Islamic Ethics

in Doha, Qatar (or online)*, during the period of 20-22 September 2020.

This seminar aims to explore the current growing hostilities towards migrants, asylum seekers and refugees around the world from the perspectives of Islamic ethical principles, legal and political challenges.

Description and Methodology of Research Papers

Papers should have some empirical content and analysis along with reflections on Islamic ethical principles that pertain to human movement, whether forced or voluntary. Scholars and researchers are welcome to tackle these issues from a normative Islamic ethical perspective and/or with empirical examples or case studies.

Questions to be Considered

Given the scope of this seminar, questions may be raised about the religious and ethical impact of the COVID19-related religious discourse upon different categories of migrants and other vulnerable groups inside the Muslim world and with Muslim migrants in the non-Muslim world. For example:

  • How do Muslim governments deal with their foreign population and workforce - and to what extant are their practices in line with policies based upon Islamic principles?
  • How have Muslim citizens interacted with the foreign workers and isolated/supported them, in the context of the call to maintain social distance from alien residents as well as each other?
  • How have Muslim migrants in non-Muslim countries dealt with this dilemma? For example, have they isolated themselves, or have they attempted to prove themselves a beneficial asset to the wider society?
  • How have first- and second-generation immigrant Muslims networked with other civil society groups?
  • How has the virtual world been seen and addressed by Muslims generally (Muslim migrants and refugees as well as Muslims in migrant receiving countries), and what impact have Internet communications had on their lives in the COVID-19 context and beyond?


Points that papers may discuss (other suggestions are welcome)

  • Historical experiences and their relevance to modern concerns
  • Progression of legal rulings on refugees and asylum seekers
  • Special place of children and women in the Islamic discourse of protecting minorities
  • Duties and obligations towards displaced people in Islamic law, compared with national and international laws
  • Fatwa discourse on the position of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, especially for Muslims in non-Muslim lands or for non-Muslims in Muslim lands
  • The rights of citizens vs rights of non-citizens



  • (a) An abstract (300-500 words only), describing the research’s core ideas and how they will be addressed in the light of the attached background notes.
  • (b) A brief biography (300 words only) outlining the applicant’s academic background, main research interests and key publications.

Authors whose abstracts are accepted will receive an invitation to submit their full papers (between 7,000 and 9,000 words) within the deadline specified below. The authors of a selection of the accepted papers will be invited to participate in the seminar and the other accepted papers will be considered for the publication project. It is to be noted that submissions (abstracts, bios and full papers) must be written in English.


Plan of the Refereed Publication with Brill

In April 2016, CILE signed an agreement with Brill to launch the refereed Journal of Islamic Ethics (JIE). A thematic issue in the JIE, or a stand-alone edited book in the Islamic Ethics book series is one of the planned deliverables of the above-mentioned publication project “Anti-Migration Politics and Islamic Ethics: Nationalism, Discrimination, Securitization and Vulnerable Groups”. Thus, accepted submissions in this call-for-papers will undergo the usual peer-review process for inclusion in this publication project.



CILE will offer the authors of accepted papers the following benefits:

  • Refereed publication
  • Cover of the costs of making the publication available via open access.

For those who will be invited to present their papers during the closed seminar, the following additional benefits apply:

  • Travel and accommodation costs during the three days of the seminar.


Important Dates

  • June 10, 2020: Deadline for receiving paper title, abstracts and bios. Please read the attached Background Notes carefully before writing the abstract
  • June 20, 2020: Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be notified and invited to write the full papers
  • July 31, 2020: Deadline for receiving the full papers
  • August 15, 2020: Authors whose papers are accepted will be notified
  • September 20-22, 2020: Seminar in Doha, Qatar (or online)*
  • December 4, 2020: Revisions of papers for refereeing and publication

 *Please note that if current circumstances continue, the seminar may have to be conducted online.


Contact Us

Submissions should be sent to

For any inquiries about this call-for-papers please contact Dr Ray who directs the CILE research unit Migration and Human Rights.


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