Call for Papers

Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics
January 2022 Meeting, Call for Papers

“Engaging Muslim Ethical Perspectives in Precarious Times”

The deadline for proposal submissions, July 1, has passed. Successful applicants will be notified by July 30, 2021.

The thirteenth annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics will be held January 6-9, 2022, at the Hilton Orange County in Orange County, California, and will be held concurrently with the meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Society of Jewish Ethics.    

We invite proposals exploring themes of healing and/or justice in Muslim ethics in times of precarity and pandemic broadly construed; however, we also welcome submissions dealing with any aspect of Muslim ethics—theoretical or applied, classical or contemporary—utilizing historical, social scientific, literary, theological, philosophical, or legal methods. Panel proposals involving members of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Society of Jewish Ethics are particularly welcome.

Proposals for either single papers or panels might address issues including (but not limited to) sex and gender, race, culture and identity, globalization, post-colonial studies, bioethics, food and ethics, animals and ethics, literature, film and ethics, environmental ethics, political ethics, philosophical-theological ethics, Quran and ethics, ritual and ethics, children and religion, comparative religious ethics, the intersections between ethics and law, and economic and business ethics. We are also interested in presentations dealing with pedagogy as well as reflections on the state of the field of Muslim ethics, particularly the relationship of scholarship to activism. 

Advanced 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.

Finally, a cash prize will be offered for best conference presentation!

Proposals for a single presenter should include the following:

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

• tentative title

• abstract (500 word minimum, 600 maximum)

• selected bibliography

Proposals for panels should include a list of all panelists (including contact information), including the convener and discussant (if any), as well as the tentative title, abstract, and selected bibliography for all papers.

Click below to submit your proposal using one of the online forms:

Or, if you prefer, proposals can be sent by e-mail to:

Sam Houston

Chair, Program Committee


The deadline for submission of proposals is July 1st, 2021. Successful applicants will be notified by July 30th, 2021. All presenters in 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, 2021. 


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.

Due to COVID-related developments, the conference - which was set to happen in California - will instead be happening online. IT WILL NOT BE IN PERSON.
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