The Routledge Handbook of Islam and Race This Call for Papers (CFP) has a short deadline; so, it’s probably best-suited for a work-in-progress, an unpublished paper, thesis or even a published work that can be reimagined, expanded and taken in a new direction.
This call is for a chapter on Islam and race in Central Africa (contemporary or earlier periods) with a focus on how Muslims are racialized (treated as persons with innate qualities, etc), or affected by racial policies, or how processes of racialization relate to Islam and Central African Muslims. Due to their various economic/political affiliation and geographic region, countries under primary consideration are Chad, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, The Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Rwanda, Burundi, while others might include Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Angola, and São Tomé & Principe.
Among many other chapters for the volume, we already have works on Morocco, Egypt, Tanzania, Mali / Mauritania and South Africa, and a major piece on a country in Central Africa would help to complement the continent and the Routledge volume.
The Routledge Handbook of Islam and Race brings together established scholars and specialists to provide a scholarly overview of the complex interdependencies of Islam or Muslims and race across six continents and throughout time. Taken together, these essays challenge the common way of discussing Islam, as if it were timeless and predictable. At the same time, contributors to the volume view race not as an innate biological fact but as a product of historical invention with deep social implications. The authors recognize that similar to the need to be critical about the presumed nature of race, Islam cannot be simply regarded as supernatural; rather, it must be scrutinized and discussed as an entity deployed in myriad ways.
The chapters do not merely treat Islam as a religious system and race as a minority issue. Instead, the authors demonstrate how Islam, Muslims and race intersect, shot through with other cultural, social, art, music, and political realities like gender, class, and sexuality.
The volume will be a great resource for upper level undergraduate and graduate students as well as researchers in religion and related disciplines. So, we aren’t expecting high level research; however, the entries should offer unique contributions to the field. As a contributor, you would be expected to submit a chapter of about 7000 words or about 20 pages (including bibliography, notes, etc).
Covid-19 forced delays but most of the chapters are already submitted. The deadline for a full draft chapter is July 22nd, with the possibility for a sight extension. We are completing a review of the full manuscript soon. But, due to the short deadline, we need (1) an immediate email confirmation stating your interest and then followed by (2) a proposed title and short abstract (200-300 words) on or before June 18th.