International Seminar on Sharia, Law and Muslim Society


Wael B. Hallaq, a renowned sharia scholar, has called sharia an ‘episteme’ that suffered a ‘structural death’ following the dawn of modernity in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (Hallaq 2009, 15–16). Yet, its resurgent is remarkable across a number of jurisdictional fault-lines: from Muslim-majority nations in Middle East and Southeast Asia to Muslim-minority societies in Western Europe and North America. Across these jurisdictions, the relationship between sharia and state law is central. It includes sharia-state encounters, notably in the form of (state) Islamic law, in the field of family law, which is often asserted as the ‘core’ or ‘last stronghold’ of sharia (Moors 2003, 2; Coulson 1969, 115–6), and other substantive areas of law, such as Islamic economics and Islamic philanthropy and also jinayah (Islamic penal law). Regardless of their differences in their own specific context, these areas somehow manage to secure an importance place in the modern days. It involves different loci of authority to interpret, legislate, and enforce sharia, or parts of it that not only flourish but also being challenged around the Muslim world. Equally important are implications of the increasingly unsettled authority of apparently agreed-upon substance of sharia. To contribute on these issues, we would like to invite scholars from diverse discipline including law, anthropology, and Islamic studies, working in both Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority contexts, to present their works in our International Seminar on Sharia, Law, and Muslim Society (ISSLaMS).

The international conference of ISSLaMS is held by the Faculty of Sharia UIN Raden Mas Said Surakarta, Indonesia. 

The theme of this conference is “the Intersections between Sharia and State-Law in Muslim World”, which includes following topics:

  • Islamic Legal Education and Legal Profession
  • Sharia, Gender and Human Rights
  • Islamic Courts and State-Formation
  • Islamic Family Law and Citizen’s Rights
  • Islamic Penal Code (Jinayah) in the Modern World
  • Islamic Economics and Muslims’ Philanthropy
  • Sharia and Islamic Authorities: Fatwa, Dewan Syariah
  • Islamic Legal Reforms: Statutory, Bureaucratisation and Judicial Lawmaking
  • Sharia in Context: Pluralism of Law


Publication Opportunities

The proceedings of the conference will be published as a book by a suitable publisher. For selected papers, the authors will have the opportunity to have their papers referred to Scopus-indexed journals for further review.  

Keynote and Invited Speakers

Professor Dr. Drs. H. Amran Suadi, S.H., M.Hum., M.M
The Head of Islamic Chamber of The Supreme Court

Professor Dr. L.P.H.M. Léon Buskens
Director of NIMAR, Leiden University

Dr. Stijn van Huis
Universitas Bina Nusantara

Dr. Mahmood Kooria
Leiden and Ashoka University-India

Dr. Farid Sufian
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) 

Call for Paper

  1. Authors are requested to submit an abstract before June 20th, 2022
  2. The abstract must contain the following sections: introduction, purpose, method, results, main finding, implication, and keywords.
  3. The abstract must have no longer than 200 words.
  4. Authors must create an account and “Login” to submit the abstract.
  5. The submitted abstracts will be selected for presentation.
  6. The manuscripts (full papers) should be submitted only after the abstracts are accepted.
  7. The full paper must be submitted before July 20th, 2022
  8. The full papers should be written in English and must be between 5 to 15 pages.

Writing Guidelines

Conference Venue

The International Seminar on Sharia, Law, and Muslim Society (ISSLaMS) is held on September 22nd, 2022 at the Sunan Hotel Surakarta, Indonesia.

Important Dates

Extended Paper Submission

Abstract submission deadline            : May 2nd, 2022  June 20th, 2022 
Notification of abstract acceptance  : May 12th, 2022  June 27th, 2022
Full paper submission deadline         : June 2nd, 2022  July 20th, 2022