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Important Dates (GMT +8:00)

  1. Abstract Deadline: 1 October 2021
  2. Full Paper Deadline: 15 October 2021
  3. Acceptance Notification: 18 October 2021
  4. Participant Registration Deadline: 25 October 2021



This invitation and call for abstract/full papers are addressed to all participants. Submissions are online before the deadline.

International Online Conference on Spirituality and Religion (ICSR 2021)

Organized by

School of Religion and Philosophy

Minhaj University Lahore

30th and 31st October, 2021

Theme: The Inner Dimensions of Religion: The search for new meaning in ancient traditions

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Call for Papers

Minhaj University Lahore, Pakistan, is organizing its fourth international conference on the theme: Spirituality and World Religions on 30th and 31st October 2021.

This conference will take place while Covid19 is still disrupting the lives of many people throughout the world. As a result of the pandemic, the daily practice of religion has also been affected and religious routines can no longer be taken for granted. These circumstances challenge us to re-examine our religious traditions so as to connect with their inner strength and power.

This conference on Spirituality and World Religions will reflect on alternative ways of thinking and behaving that the world religions can suggest in these troubled times. Spirituality refers to the strength and motivation that the religions can give us in order to become more integrated, balanced and happy human beings. Spirituality is the heart of religion. In fact, without spirituality, religion is just a routine.

But it is also evident that we can practice the outward forms of religion without paying much attention to the invitation of all the world religions to deepen our self-awareness and to become more sensitive to the needs of those around us. In other words, we can practice religion without drawing on its source of spirituality.

In this conference, we are calling for papers that will remind us of the light, wisdom and strength contained in each of the world religions. We hope that this conference will enable participants to re-connect with the capacity of the religions to transform every aspect of their lives including their engagement in social, political and economic activities.

The Inner Dimensions of Religion: The search for new meaning in ancient traditions

1. Mysticism in the changed environment of Covid19
2. External & internal (exoteric & esoteric) dimensions of world religions
3. Learning from the spirituality of religions other than our own
4. The contribution of spirituality to interreligious dialogue
5. A spirituality for social action and political involvement
6. Signs of spirituality in Pakistani society
7. Influential spiritual leaders of our time
8. A spirituality for justice and liberation
9. Spirituality in a technocratic society

Important Dates
a) Last date for submission of abstracts: September 15, 2021
b) Acceptance of abstracts: September 23, 2021
c) Last date for submission of full papers: October 01, 2021
d) Acceptance of full papers: October 08, 2021
e) Last date for registration of presenters: October 15, 2021
f) Conference dates: October 30 & 31, 2021

The accepted papers will be published in South Asian Journal of Religion and Philosophy

Registration and Submission

Please ensure your submission meets the strict guidelines for accepting scholarly Papers. Submit your abstracts and full papers online.

   Participant/Presenter Registration

   Online Paper Submission

For Further Details

Dr. Khurram Shahzad, (registrar@mul.edu.pk)
Mr. Umair Abbas, (umairabbas@mul.edu.pk)
Minhaj University Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

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