Call for Participation: Social Justice and Poverty in Muslim World

After two summer schools in 2013 and 2014 under the titles of “Transformation of Muslim World in the 21st Century” and “State and Society in Muslim World”, the main theme for the 3rd Summer School is “Social Justice and Poverty in Muslim World”.

In the contemporary Muslim world, the issue of social justice and poverty awaits special attention and solutions. Most Muslim countries experience and suffer from wars and colonial pressures, which results in increasing degree of poverty. This being the case, social justice is becoming a more important and vital issue of analysis. In addition, the concept of social justice cannot be realized apart from eradicating the problem of poverty on a global scale. For Muslims and non-Muslim alike, it is vital to analyze these socio-political processes from a historical perspective, tracing the reasons for poverty in the Muslim world. For this purpose, Scientific Studies Association (ILEM) cordially invites researchers from around the world to share their intellectual experience in the 3rd International ILEM Summer School held on August 1-9, 2015 at Konya. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • How and to what extent is social justice understood and exerted in different parts of Muslim world?
  • What are the reactions and interpretations to debates on social justice from within and without the Muslim world?
  • What is the relationship between social justice and poverty?
  • What are the explicit and implicit reasons, sources and consequences of poverty in contemporary Muslim countries?
  • Which measures could be taken to eradicate poverty in both the Muslim context and on a global scale?
  • What are the subtle measures that are taken by global and local organizations, and to what extent are they efficient in solving the problem of poverty, and in establishing social justice in Muslim countries?
  • To what extent is the issue of social justice and poverty dealt with in academic circles, and what are the solutions that have been proposed so far?

Only graduate students can participate in the program. Applications must be completed through this online form. The program is limited to 45 participants. Travel fees of some selected participants and accommodation of all participants will be covered by the organizational committee. The language of the program is English.



1. “Social Justice in the Muslim World Today”
Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University, Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies

2. “Growth, Distribution and Social Justice in Muslim Societies: A Critical Review.”
Ozay Mehmet, Carleton University (Emeritus Professor), International Affairs (Economics)

3. “Law, Moral Economy and Development”
Adeel Malik, Oxford University, Department of International Development

4. “Globalizatoin and Inequality”
Yunus Kaya, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Department of Sociology


1. Redefining Social Justice in Muslim World: In this workshop, social justice as a phenomenon and its reflections throughout Muslim world will be discussed. The phenomenon will then be ‘redefined’ according to the status of contemporary Muslim world.

2. Problems of Poverty in Muslim World: Poverty is a problem that grows in parallel with the issue of social justice. In this workshop, the relation between the two parties, different rates of poverty and the reality of poverty in Muslim world will be dealt with.

3. Socio-Economic Inequalities and Stratification in Muslim World: With a certain and unbalanced economic growth in some Muslim countries, Stratification as a problem has begun to arise often. This workshop will host participants debating on contemporary socio-economic inequalities between people in Muslim world.


Abstract Submission: March 31, 2015 

Declaration of Abstract Acceptance: April 10, 2015

Submission of Full Texts: June 15, 2015

Notification of Acceptances: June 30, 2015

Announcement of the Schedule: July 10, 2015