The Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main enquires into the dynamics of social change, as well as into the justification narratives used in rationales given for the legitimacy or illegitimacy of normative orders. Within this research program, one group of researchers focuses in particular on transformation processes in Muslim-dominated countries and countries with significant Muslim minorities.

The conference seeks to link empirical research with theoretical debates about contemporary social, political and legal changes in the Muslim World, including developments not only in the Middle East and North Africa, but also in Central and South Asia, as well as the Muslim-majority countries of the ASEAN region.

We welcome contributions that address the following important cross-cutting issues as they pertain to one of the above themes: violence, (new) media, youth, gender, art & aesthetics,  law(s), legal pluralism(s), and comparisons of  rural and urban contexts. Since the conference will also feature an early-career scholar’s forum, we particularly look forward to receiving paper proposals from early-career researchers.