The International Conference on Theology of Pilgrimage

November 14, 2023 - November 16, 2023
The Iranian Association for Philosophy of Religion


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  • Astan Quds Razavi’s Foundation of Islamic Researches
  • University of Tehran
  • Ferdowsi University of Mashhad
  • Tarbiat Modares University
  • University of Religions and Denominations
  • Management Center for Iranian Seminaries
  • Management Center for Iranian Women Seminaries
  • Islamic Kalam Association of Hawza
  • Jamiat al-Zahra
  • University of Qom

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The International Conference on “Theology of Pilgrimage”

The Iranian Association for Philosophy of Religion (IAPR) and Astan Quds Razavi’s Foundation of Islamic Researches will hold the international conference on “Theology of Pilgrimage” from 14 to 16 November 2023 in collaboration with various Iranian and international academic centers. This conference aims to clarify the various aspects of the theology of pilgrimage, to expand interdisciplinary studies in this field, to create an opportunity for the dialogue between Islam and other religions, and also the dialogue between Imamiyyah and other Islamic sects regarding the pilgrimage, and generally to investigate the capacities, opportunities, and threats in the field of theology of pilgrimage. Laying the groundwork for the conference, the scientific secretariat has planned to hold about 20 virtual/in-person pre-con meetings in Persian, Arabic, and English.

Scientific Secretary: Reza Akbari (Professor, Imam Sadiq University, Iran)

Executive Secretary: Roohollah Fadaei (Ph. D Graduate, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran)

Venue: Mashhad, Iran

Conference issues:

•                  Pilgrimage & Religious Concepts (Faith, Belief, Religious Experience, Practice, etc.)

•                  Theology of Pilgrimage & Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology, Ethics, Media, Economics, Politics, Anthropology, Sociology, Education, etc.)

•                  Practical Theology of Pilgrimage (Family, The Women, The Elderly, The Disabled, The Sick, Charities, etc.)

•                  Different Approaches to the Theology of Pilgrimage (Historical, Phenomenological, Narrative, etc.)

•                  Pilgrimage in Different Religions and Cultures

•                  Pathology of Pilgrimage

•                  Pilgrimage and Intercultural Relationships

•                  Pilgrimage & Theological Anthropology

•                  Topology of Pilgrimage

•                  Contemporary Challenges of Pilgrimage

•                  Comparative Theology of Pilgrimage

We are honored to host some of the well-known scholars in the field of theology of pilgrimage in the scientific board:

·       Sophia R. Arjana (Western Kentucky University)

·       Kathryn Barush (Graduate Theological Union/Santa Clara University)

·       Morteza Hashemi Madani (University of Nottingham)

·       Joshua Hollmann (Concordia University, St. Paul)

·       Troels Myrup Kristensen (Aarhus University)

·       Andrew Petersen (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)

·       Kurt Andres Richardson (University of Toronto)

·       Sajjad Rizvi (University of Exeter)

·       S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate (Hamilton College)

·       John Romano (Benedictine College)

·       Piotr Roszak (Nicolaus Copernicus University)

·       Elizabeth Tingle (De Montfort University)

Important Dates

·       Abstract submission deadline: August 21, 2023

·       Notification of acceptance: August 27, 2023

·       Paper submission deadline: September 21, 2023

·       Announcement of the selected papers and presentations’ schedule: October 12, 2023

·       Conference date: November 14-16, 2023

Only Ph. D holders and postgraduate students may submit abstracts and papers.

Abstract Features:

·       Abstracts should be no less than 250 words in length and no more than 300.

·        Abstracts should be followed by 3 to 5 keywords.

Paper Features:

·       Papers should be no less than 1500 words in length and no more than 2000 (the abstract and bibliography are not counted).

·       Whole text should be typed in Times New Roman font (font-size: 11 for body and 9 for endnotes and bibliography).

·       All titles and subtitles in the paper should be arranged numerically (English numbers not Roman).

·       All marginal but useful and important notes should be mentioned as endnotes, not footnotes.

·       All references (in-text and reference list) should follow the 16th edition of Chicago citation style.

The conference will be held totally in-person.

The conference registration is free of charge. For those professors and researchers interested in participating in the conference in-person, conference organizers tried to decrease the costs of attendance by finding some funds. Accordingly, the attendance cost for any international participant would be 500 USD (which will be received in cash) including:

•        A 5to7-day stay in Iran (from about 11 to 17 November 2023) at a five-star hotel

•        Complete food services at the hotel

•        Local transportation in Tehran from Imam Khomeini Airport to Mehrabad Airport and vice versa

•        A roundtrip flight ticket from Tehran to Mashhad

•        Local Transportation in Mashhad

It is kindly requested from those who want to attend the event to register on the conference website and to submit their abstracts. Moreover, due to the official process of visa issuance, the secretariat of the conference ([email protected]) needs the following documents:

1. Passport first two pages

2.  A biometric photo

3. Form 1 (just fill out the English column)

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