Shabana’s blog, Koonj, led me to the conference on Hemeneutics and the Future of Islam in America that is being organized at Yale. (Abstracts are due by January 15, 2007, if you are interested in submitting a paper). This is the 6th conference put together by the Critical Islamic Reflections group which consists of of “graduate and undergraduate students organized to pursue critical academic scholarship on topics regarding Islam and Muslim society” as noted in it’s self-description.
This promises to be an interesting conference as its objective is to investigate the variations in hermeneutic approaches to scripture used by various Muslim groups. Abstract of papers presented at previous conferences in this series are available on the CIR group’s website.