Call for Papers

The Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics

January 2024 Meeting, Call for Papers

Submission Deadline August 4

(Re-)imagining Muslim Ethics in Times of Transformation

The fifteenth annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics will be held from Thursday, January 4 through Sunday, January 7, 2024, at the Hilton Palmer House in Chicago, IL, concurrently with the meetings of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Society of Jewish Ethics.   

We welcome paper, panel, or roundtable proposals dealing with all aspects of Muslim/Islamic ethics broadly defined. Paper and panel proposals employing a wide range of methodologies and approaches are welcome, including theoretical and applied ethics, works concerned with the premodern, or modern periods, utilizing historical, social-scientific, literary, theological, philosophical, or legal approaches. Areas of interest include but are not limited to Islamic/Muslim ethics of science, politics, gender and sexuality, economics, race, bioethics, medicine, animals and the environment, and recently published books on any of these topics.

This year, SSME especially encourages proposals for either single papers or panels that address the following themes:

  • Ethics of community organizing
  • Chaplaincy and community leadership
  • Islam and liberalism
  • Epistemology of ethics
  • Gender and politics
  • Trauma, abuse, and violence
  • Ethics of war
  • Family ethics
  • Prison abolition efforts
  • Relationships between politics and science
  • Ethics and the Anthropocene  
  • Social justice

Graduate students and early career scholars are encouraged to submit proposals. SSME meetings allow for robust and intimate intellectual exchange and feedback among all participants, making it an ideal setting for early career scholars and advanced graduate students.

The SSME will award a prize of $250 for the best conference paper.

Proposals for a single presenter should include the following:

• Cover page including the contact information of the presenter (name, institutional affiliation, phone numbers, and e-mail address)

• Descriptive paper title

• Abstract (500-word minimum, 600 maximum) without identifying information

• Selected bibliography

Proposals for panels should include the following:

  • Cover page with a list of all panelists (including contact information), including the convener and discussant (if any)
  • Panel abstract (200-300 words)
  • Descriptive paper titles 
  • Paper abstracts (500-600 words) without identifying information 
  • Selected bibliography for each paper

Proposals for roundtable or pre-circulated paper panels should include the following:

  • Cover page with a list of all panelists (including contact information), including the convener and discussant (if any)
  • Panel abstract that should include the format/mechanics of the panel (500-600 words)
  • Selected bibliography for the panel as a whole

Please note that SSME is committed to gender, racial, and ethnic diversity in the makeup of panels.

Please submit your proposal online using the appropriate submission form:

The deadline for submission of proposals is August 4, 2023. Successful applicants will be notified by August 30, 2023. All presenters at the annual meeting of the SSME must be members of the Society. For membership forms and other information, please consult the website: Attendees must register for the conference and pay their yearly dues no later than November 1st, 2023.


The Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics (SSME) is a scholarly association dedicated to advancing intellectual inquiry in Muslim ethics, including the relation of Muslim ethics to other ethical traditions and to social, political, and economic problems. The Society supports academic work in both philosophical and applied ethics, historical as well as contemporary issues. The Society also aims to promote the teaching of Muslim ethics in colleges, universities, and theological schools, to improve understanding of Muslim ethics in the broader society through publications and other educational activities, and to provide a community of discourse and debate for those engaged professionally in the study of issues pertaining to Muslim ethics across the full array of academic disciplines and fields of study.

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