Approaches to Kalām: Framing an Islamic-theological Anthropology
An Islamic-theological Anthropology aims to introduce a new paradigm to Kalām debates, in which the human subject - his/her shortcomings, hopes, worries and anxieties - takes center stage. Developing a theology from the intricacies of human existence and experience aims also to re-focus, explore and possibly expand, our understanding of Philosophical Theology in Islam. At the same time as focusing on man, we keep in mind that Philosophical Theology engages with other philosophical constructions, aimed at explaining the human experience. The purpose of this conference is to highlight the significant contributions an Islamic-theological Anthropology can provide to Kalām debates. Scholars from across the globe, working in all disciplines related to Islam and Islamic Studies will present their latest research, discussing the above perspectives and how they interact with the wider understanding of the field. These include, but are not limited to, Islamic law, anthropology, history, philosophy, literature, art, political science, sociology, theology/religious studies, Islam and the sciences, language and linguistics, and women’s studies.