Study of Islam Section List-serve


Welcome to the listserv of the section for the study of Islam, American Academy of Religion.   It is a means for scholars and students of Islam to keep abreast of the latest information in the field and to communicate on topics of mutual interest. Below you will find a description of the list and its rules.

This list is not moderated, but does have a sense of community etiquette.

Therefore I recommend that you "lurk" for a few weeks to get a sense of things before making any posts to the list. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to write me:


The section for the study of Islam is a scholarly group within the American Academy of Religion (AAR). Its purpose is to further the academic study of the Islamic religion in all its historical and geographical variety. The purpose of islamaar, the email list of the section, is to provide a forum in which scholars may exchange ideas and information on matters pertaining to their research and teaching.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Subscribers and potential subscribers should be aware that email lists are inherently public means of communication. Subscribers should also be aware that a portion of the discussion on islamaar has to do with the internal business of the section: program planning, organizing panels, announcements, and so on.

List Rules

Participants on islamaar are expected to be familiar with, and abide by, the following rules, which are designed to maintain the focus, professional tone, and collegiality of the list.

1. Keep in mind that whenever you post to the list, you are in effect asking for time and attention from each of the almost 200 busy scholars world-wide who are subscribed. Keep your messages short, to the point, and make sure they are of some general professional interest.

2. Because this is a large list and not all subscribers know each other, please be sure that any postings contain a (brief) signature with your full name and institutional affiliation. This will also help to maintain the professional tone of the discussions.

3. When replying to a message, please check the header. If you want to reply personally to the sender, you may have to delete the address of the list to save yourself the embarrassment of publishing a personal not. Also, do not include the full text of the original message in your reply. It should normally be sufficient to retain the original subject heading. If quoting some part of the original message seems appropriate, please take the time to edit out the unnecessary portions.

4. Subscribers who post bibliographic inquiries are urged to assemble and edit the resulting references (with complete details as to publication, page numbers, etc., if at all possible) and post this list for everyone's use.

5. Please, please avoid posting messages with HTML or other formatting codes for specific fonts, italics, boldface, etc. Many subscribers do not have software capable of displaying such messages properly, so they appear with all kinds of strange codes and are exceedingly difficult to read. (In the tools, preferences, options, or setup menu of your email program, set message formatting to "plain text."). Please also turn off any setting that causes your email software to send two versions of your messages, one in plain text and one with HTML formatting.

6. Subscribers should not post verbatim copies of material, especially full newspaper articles, that are already available elsewhere on the Web. If you want to refer subscribers to such material, give a short summary and the full web address/URL, including the prefix "http://". Occasional exceptions to this rule will be tolerated in special circumstances, but in no case should newspaper articles or similar material be posted without the exact URL of the original source.

Further information on the list and the section can be found at:


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