Slavery, Liberation and Islamic Law in the Middle East and beyond

October 5, 2018
Brock University
St Catharines, Ontario, Canada

This one day multi-disciplinary symposium “Slavery, Liberation and Islamic Law in the Middle East and beyond” will be held on October 5, 2018, at Brock University in St Catharines, Canada. It will bring together scholars and students to address various topics related to slavery and liberation. The symposium also proffers new research approaches and methodologies.

The dispersal of descendants of enslaved people globally itself highlights the importance of such a study. Promoting recognition, justice, development and the human rights of descendants of enslaved people and appreciating their cultural contributions, moreover, will strengthen efforts to achieve greater equality and democracy at a universal level.

Papers on the following general themes are currently being accepted:

  • Slavery, abolition, liberation
  • Islamic law and slavery
  • Colonialism and its legacy
  • Racism and discrimination
  • Justice and human rights
  • Education
  • Culture and arts
  • Economic empowerment

Please send your abstract (maximum 300 words), including a title, together with a brief CV and biography to Professor Behnaz Mirzai at

About Brock University and the Niagara Region:
Located in St Catharines, Brock University is named after British general Sir Isaac Brock, who died at the Battle of Queenston Heights during the War of 1812. It is Canada’s only university to be located in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, atop the Niagara Escarpment. The Garden City is also the gateway to the Niagara Region (, offering an abundance of sights and activities from its award winning vineyards and to the wonders of Niagara Falls. The region has great significance to the history of Underground Railroad movement in that its most important conductor – Harriet Tubman – was a resident of St Catharines from 1851 to 1858.