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Call for Papers | Muhammad Iqbal: The Relevance of a Legacy

The intellectual legacy of the Pakistani philosopher Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938) stands as a landmark in modern Islamic thought. His philosophico-theological magnum opus The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam (1930) has been widely studied and referred to, and has been translated and re-translated into many languages until now.

This Symposium aims at bringing together a number of junior and senior scholars from different regions and research institutions worldwide to discuss Iqbal’s legacy, its relevance to current issues in philosophic theology. The symposium will kick off first as an online event, to take place on Friday-Saturday 09-10 February 2023. A physical sequel to the event will follow in due time.

Muhammad Iqbal sought to rethink the Islamic tradition differently. In the light of the modern moment, he tried to engage with modern questions philosophically and politically. Standing firm in his own Islamic tradition and relying on the Qur’an, besides being well-versed in Western philosophical thought, Iqbal introduces a novel metaphysics that he wished could serve as the foundation for a new Islamic philosophico-theological reading, new but at the same time rooted in his modern understanding of the Qur’an and parts of the past intellectual tradition. This reading, if re-examined and pushed further by new scholars, may help in addressing modern questions in theory and practice that not only Muslims but modern human beings at large are posing.

The aim of this symposium is thus to bring together junior and senior Iqbal scholars in order to revisit his intellectual legacy and investigate the potentials in his thought for new philosophies and theologies from an Islamic perspective and in conversation with other non-Islamic intellectual traditions.


  • Philosophy of religion in modern Islamic thought
  • Human free will and the infallible divine fore-knowledge
  • The problem of evil
  • Pluralism and religious truth claims
  • Human liberty, human rights, and the rights of nature
  • Process theology, existential theology, and ecotheology
  • Time, space, and the challenge of artificial intelligence



  • Abstract submission & short bio: 15 September 2023
  • Notification of the accepted abstracts: 16 October 2023
  • Announcement of the final programme: 16 November 2023



  1. Saida Mirsadri
    University of Paderborn (Germany)
    University of Zürich
    University of Religions and Denominations (Qom)
  2. Mohammad Hashas
    Luiss University of Rome
    Leibniz-ZMO (Berlin)
  3. Farhan Shah
    University of Oslo
    Center for Process Studies (USA)



  1. Fateh Muhammad Malik
    Iqbal Chair,
    Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad
  2. Mustafa Ruzgar
    California State University
  3. Sevcan Öztürk
    Social Sciences
    University of Ankara
  4. Adis Duderija
    Griffith University

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