CFP: CPR2024: The Problem of Evil in Modern and Islamic Thought

Submission deadline: May 14, 2024

Conference date(s):
May 14, 2024 - May 15, 2024

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This event is available both online and in-person

Conference Venue:

Iranian Association for Philosophy of Religion
Darakeh, Iran

Topic areas


The fact of many kinds of evil and calamities has always been a problem for theists, and they have tried to check whether there is a conflict between the reality of evil and their knowledge of God, according to the attributes they know about God. Among the atheists, this issue has been considered as evidence for the confirmation of atheism. Many thinkers in the contemporary era have dealt with this issue and have tried to answer this question and face this issue with the support of their intellectual foundations. The philosophy of religion, on the one hand, is responsible for investigating the philosophical validity of these questions. On the other hand, it is committed to evaluating the answers to this question and various encounters with it. The twelfth annual conference on the contemporary philosophy of religion tries to show what unexpected confrontations can arise by looking at the problem of evil from new angles. What is the relationship between the different Western encounters on this issue and Islamic attitudes?

Topics include, but are not restricted to the following:

-         Different Concepts of Evil and their relation to the Problem of Evil

-         Different Notions of Divine Attributes Regarding the Problem of Evil

-         Different Explanations of Afflictions and Their Relation to God

-         Evaluation of the Logical Problem of Evil

-         Evaluation of Evidential Problem of Evil

-         The Problem of Evil and Islamic Philosophers

-         The Problem of Evil and The Doctrines of Qur’ān and Ḥadiṯh

-         The Difference between Abrahamic and Non-Abrahamic Religions Regarding the Problem of Evil

-         Different Approaches of Kalam Schools Encountering the Problem of Evil

-         Neo-Ṣadrāian Approaches Toward the Problem of Evil

-         Evaluation of Death as an Evil for Humans and Animals

-         Different Explanations of Human Suffering (Existential Attitude) and its relation to God

-         Evils as a Justifier for atheism

-         Evils and Theism in Literature

-         Evils and Theism in Art

-         Evils and Theism in Scientific Analytics

-         Cinema and The Problem of Evil

-         Evils as Justifier for Meaninglessness of Life

-         Contemporary Arab and Iranian Intellectuals and the Problem of Evil

Academic Board

-         Rahim Acar (Marmara University)

-         Peter Adamson (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

-         Recep Alpayagil (Istanbul University)

-         Amir Abbas Alizamani (University of Tehran, Iran)

-          Reza Akbari (Imam Sadeq University, Iran)

-         Mahdi Akhavan (Allameh Tabataba’i University, Iran)

-         Hamidreza Ayatollahy (Allameh Tabataba’i University, Iran)

-         Mohammad Hassan Ghadrdan Gharamaleki (Research Institute for Islamic Studies and Culture)

-         William Hasker (Huntington University, USA)

-         Mohsen Jahed (Shahid Beheshti University, Iran)

-         Mohsen Javadi (Qom University, Iran)

-         Jari Kaukua (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

-         Sahar Kavandi (Zanjan University, Iran)

-         Muhammad Legenhausen (Khomeini Education and Research Institute, Iran)

-         Jalal Peykani (PNU, Iran)

-         Naeimeh Pourmohammadi (URD, Iran)

-         Qodratullah Qorbani (Kharazmi University, Iran)

-         Rasoul Rasoulipour (Kharazmi University, Iran)

-         Bruce Reichenbach (Augsburg University)

-         Sajjad Rizvi (University of Exeter, UK)

-         Mahdi Sa’atchi (Shahid Motahari University, Iran)

-         Mohammad Saeedimehr (Tarbiat Modares University, Iran)

-         Meysam Sefidkhosh (Shahid Beheshti University, Iran)

-         Kevin Timpe (Calvin University)

Chairman: Reza Akbari

Scientific Secretary: Hamidreza Ayatollahy

Director: Mohammad Mahdi Fallah

Important Dates:

The Date of the Conference: 14-15 May 2024

Abstract Submission: 6 April 2024 (EXTENDED)

Notification of Acceptance: 19 April 2024

Venue: Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran (map)

The conference will be held hybrid (both virtually and in person)


Proposals of papers should include a title, a 300-350 word abstract, at least 3 keywords, and the author’s affiliation and email address. The proposal should be sent via a submission form which is available here.

Registration Fee

The registration fee is 100€ (50% discount for students) and should be paid after receiving the acceptance letter.

This includes lunch for two days and refreshments. This includes lunch for two days and refreshments. The attendees should cover accommodation and transportation, but the conference will assist in suggesting and booking the final participants.

Contact us: [email protected]

Account/Telephone: +989126048893

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