Call for Essay Submissions
Call for Essay Submissions

The Ummatics Colloquium welcomes proposals for short essays (of approximately 1500 words) that articulate the imperative, urgency, and challenges of an ummah-centered imagination for Muslims. The essay may emphasize religious, …

Fostering an Ummatic Environmental Vision
Fostering an Ummatic Environmental Vision
By Farhan Anshary

In mid-2022, we witnessed multiple unprecedented ecological crises taking place in different parts of the world. These range from the heatwave in Europe, drought in China, and more recently the …

The Case Against ‘Islamism’
The Case Against ‘Islamism’
By Asim Qureshi

For a PDF version of this paper, please click here. For a summary version of this paper, please click here.  Table of Contents Introduction The word ‘Islamism’ has come to …

The Case Against ‘Islamism’ – Summary
The Case Against ‘Islamism’ – Summary
By Asim Qureshi

For the full version of this paper, please click here. Introduction The word ‘Islamism’ has come to occupy a central place within the canon of western scholarship when describing Muslims …

Whither the Umma? Hope in Times of Existential Crises
Whither the Umma? Hope in Times of Existential Crises
By Muzaffar Iqbal

For a PDF version of this essay click here: Whither the Umma: Hope in Times of Existential Crises   The ‘whither the Umma’ question has, of course, been asked before and …

The Great Fitnah: Secular Power and Muslim Future(s)– Part 2
The Great Fitnah: Secular Power and Muslim Future(s)– Part 2
By Ali Harfouch

To recall, in part one of this article I argued that secular power is pervasive because it operates at the level of cognition. It creates a sense of paralysis by …

September Ummatics Colloquium: Coping with the Modern State
September Ummatics Colloquium: Coping with the Modern State

The next Ummatics Colloquium will be held on September 1, 2022, and will feature presenter Dr. Jonathan Laurence. Dr. Jonathan Laurence will be presenting a paper in relation to his …

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Fostering Muslim Unity through Discourse and Collaboration

The Ummatics Colloquium is a series of ongoing seminars that bring together scholars, experts, and thought leaders to facilitate critical conversations on Muslim unity.

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A word loaded like no other, “caliphate” summons deep memories and desires for some and ominous fears for others. For some fourteen centuries, notwithstanding some discontinuities, the Muslim world had been synonymous with the caliphate. The loss of the Ottoman Caliphate after the First World War sent convulsive waves of shock and lament throughout the lands of Islam, the idea of its return inspiring numerous movements and intellectual projects. Many desktop

Areas of Focus

Political Theory

The political theory stream aims at deliberation and analysis through a critical ummatic lens of topics coming under political theory, broadly construed. This includes both descriptive/empirical questions of political science as well as prescriptive/normative concerns of political philosophy. 

Geopolitics & International Relations

The geopolitics stream was convened to act as a crucible for new and inventive ways of thinking about international affairs with the ummatic discourse at its core. We believe that the first step to reviving this ummatic thought is to develop thinking and thinkers that observe the world’s challenges using this unique lens. 

Society & Civilization

The society and civilization stream considers ways ummatic solidarity already animates Muslim life, looking at how the ummah informs Muslims’ lived experiences and how it is theorized/conceptualized. The stream complements the others by providing a space for the development of new forms of ummatic analyses, thought and strategies for societal transformation.

Islamic Norms

Information on this stream is forthcoming.

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