[Program] Fifth Annual Graduate Student Book Review Colloquium on Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at GMU | December 9, 2021 | Online


Fifth Annual Book Review Colloquium on Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies | December 9, 2021 Online

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9:30 am- 9:45 am Welcome/ Introduction 


9:45-11:30 Panel-1 | CONQUEST AND COLONIALISM | Discussant: Cengiz Sisman

 Ali Galib Cebeci (Georgetown University) |Arab Conquests and Early Islamic Historiography (Bloomsbury, 2019)by Ryan J. Lynch

 Kylie Broderick (UNC Chapel Hill ) |Egypt’s Occupation: Colonial Economism and the Crises of Capitalism(Stanford Univ. Press, 2020) by Aaron Jakes

Max J. Dugan (University of Pennsylvania) |Miracles and Material Life: Rice, Ore, Traps and Guns in Islamic Malaya (Cambridge Univ. Press ,2020) by Teren Sevea


12:30-2:00 Panel 2 | ISLAM AND MODERNITY | Discussant: Ahmet Tekelioglu/ Maria Dakake (tbc)

Yasmine Flodin Ali (UNC Chapel Hill) |Islam Through Objects (Bloomsbury, 2021)by Anna Bigelow (ed.)

Maidah Khalid (Indiana University Bloomington)| Women as Imams: Classical Islamic Sources and Modern Debates on Leading Prayer (Bloomsbury, 2020) by Simonetta Calderini

Owais Manzoor Dar (Jamia Milia Islamia) |Decadence of Muslim Intellectualism: Reason, Ramifications, and Remedies (Viva Books 2021) by Tauseef Ahmed Parray

2:15-3:30 Panel 3| RESISTANCE AND JUSTICE | Discussant: Peter Mandaville

Kristin Hillers (GMU) |  Women, Writing and the Iraqi Ba‘thist StateContending Discourses of Resistance and Collaboration, 1968-2003 (Edinburgh Univ. Press, 2020) by Hawraa Al-Hassan 

Wali Siddiq (GMU) | The Muslim Brotherhood and the West: A History of Enmity and Engagement (Harvard Univ. Press, 2019) by Martyn Frampton 

Christen Symmons ( University of Houston, Clear Lake) Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2019) by Noura Erakat


3:30-4:00 Closing Session/ Reflections




[The CFA below was posted on Aug 31, 2021]

The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University and The Maydan, the Center’s public-facing scholarship platform, present the fifth annual Graduate Student Book Review Colloquium on Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies to be held on December 9, 2021. Please refer to the application procedures detailed below. The deadline for applications is October 1, 2021.


The Colloquium invites advanced graduate students in the social sciences and humanities to submit reviews on noteworthy books published between January 1, 2018-January 1, 2021 in the field of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies.

The Colloquium is organized by The Maydan, the public-facing scholarship platform of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies. The Maydan is dedicated to supporting Islamic Studies with the recognition that academic scholarship in this field of inquiry is currently in need of discussions and publications that are able to disseminate research to a larger audience. The Colloquium aims to foster a lasting conversation between academic and lay readership.

At the Colloquium, the accepted graduate students will have the opportunity to present their book reviews in pre-organized panels lasting 20 minutes, and then discuss their reviews with leading scholars in the field. The Colloquium will take place on Zoom.

In selecting their books, reviewers are expected to focus on a single monograph – edited volumes and reference works remain outside the scope of this Colloquium – and to demonstrate engagement with the existing literature, using references to at least two books on a similar theme. The reviewers are encouraged to construct their works with particular attention to the context, content, and critique of the selected book.

Application Process and Important Dates

Interested candidates should submit the following:

1) A 500-word abstract that presents a justification for the selection of the work under examination (please refer to the list of possible books below).

2) A short writing sample (5 pages maximum) on the broader theme of the selected book.

3) A resume (2 pages maximum).

All three documents should be emailed to Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu at atekelio@gmu.edu as a single PDF file by October 12021, 11:59 pm EST.

The subject line of the email should appear in the following format: [LASTNAME, BOOK REVIEW COLLOQUIUM 2021].

Acceptance notices and the books under review will be sent to the reviewers on October 8, 2021.

Reviewers will be asked to submit their reviews (1300 words maximum) by December 4, 2021.

List of Possible Books

Please refer to the list of books curated under The Maydan’s Book Display database (https://www.themaydan.com/tag/book-display/).

*Books previously presented in the 20172018,  2019  & 2020 Colloquia are not eligible for reviews in the 2021 Colloquium. Please be sure to cross-check your selection against this list.

Honorariums & Publishing with Maydan

Final products will be considered for publication on The Maydan. The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University will offer a $200 honorarium to the eligible authors of reviews that are selected for publication.