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Muslim-Christian Workshop on Philosophy, Religion, and Science

Published on 12/6/2019

Muslim-Christian Workshop on Philosophy, Religion and Science

Ibn Haldun University, Suleymaniye Campus

Istanbul, Turkey

Call for Papers

March 9-12, 2020


This workshop offers a forum for philosophical and theological discussion, exchange, and mutual learning

for younger Muslim and Christian scholars to present their research. The goal is for young academics to benefit from multi-disciplinary and inter-religious perspectives and to identify new avenues of research.

Workshop Leaders: Kelly James Clark and Enis Doko


Call for Participants: restricted to Christian PhD students and early career professors (within six years of earning PhD) from the United States or Europe. Presentations are in English and must have philosophical or theological content. Please send abstract and your reasons for wishing to participate to (with “Istanbul Submission” as the subject). Deadline: December 31, 2019. Notification of acceptance, on a rolling basis, will be by January 15, 2020.

We ask all participants to arrive on the 7th and spend the 8th sightseeing together. The workshop begins on the 9th and ends on the evening of the 12th. Participants can depart on the 13th. Christians will share a room with a Muslim (unless you pay a single supplement). 

Because most of the financial support is designated for Middle Easterners, we cannot fund the US or European participants. If you would like to attend, you would pay $1250 for airfare, room and board, and conference fees (payable to the Kaufman Interfaith Institute).


Suggested Topics

  • Religion and the sciences of origins (cosmology, evolution, anthropology)
  • Philosophy and theology/kalam in science and religion
  • Methodological naturalism, science and religion
  • Questions of consciousness, the mind and the soul
  • Religion and psychology
  • Scripture and science
  • Multi-disciplinary views on ethics (moral psychology, evolutionary ethics, etc)


for further information, contact Professor Kelly James Clark @


Sponsored by The Kaufman Interfaith Institute, Grand Valley State University, USA;

The John Templeton Foundation