Muslim Social Studies Symposium is a bi-annual program bringing together experts on Islam, Muslim societies and cultures, exploring key issues that affect society today.


  • An Introduction to Islam and Muslim Studies from Social Science Perspectives: This presentation draws on the rich intellectual history of Islam’s past to show connections between contemporary social sciences and the works of great scholars such as Ibn Khaldun. Furthermore, this presentation goes on to explore the way that social science perspectives, particularly from the discipline of Anthropology have been used in the past to collect information and represent Muslim societies in colonial settings, resulting in a set of racist and sexist representations of Muslim lives, practices and identities. Finally, the presentation ends by introducing the work of postcolonial Anthropologists who are paving the way for better representation of Muslims, taking inspiration from the social science traditions embedded in Muslim scholarly history. – Given by Dr. Farrah Sheikh, Konkuk University, Academy of Mobility Studies
  • The position of Korea in the world geography of the Islamic world – Silla and East Asia for medieval geographers’ worldview: This lecture traces the changing notions of the medieval Islamic geography about East Asia, particularly two books, the Kitāb al-Masālik wa-al-Mamālik (The Book of the Routes and the Kingdoms) by Ibn Khurradādhbih (820-912 CE) and Nuzhat al-Mushtāq fī Ikhtirāq al-Āfāq (“The book of pleasant journeys into faraway lands”) by al-Idrīsī (1100-1165) about Korea and Muslim residents there. This lecture aims to explore the conceptual changes in the texts about Silla (-935 A.D.) to reconstruct the integration process of the different places into Korea. – Given by Dr. Jin Han Jeong, Korean Institute of Civilizational Exchanges
  • Workshop on Islamophobia: This session aims to explore what Islamophobia means in everyday life; to share ideas of how to tackle Islamophobia; to share experiences of Islamophobia in groups. – Facilitated by Dr. Farrah Sheikh
  • Stereotyping ‘Halal Food’ and ‘Eating Halal Food’ In Korean Context: This presentation seeks to indicate the confusion of what ‘Halal Food’ is and in regard to this what ‘Eating Halal Food’ means; and, by this way, how it causes a stereotyping of halal food and Muslims’ foodways among Koreans and Muslims with various backgrounds in the non-Muslim homogeneous Korean society. – Given by Nur Yassar, Ph.D Candidate, Cultural Anthropology Dep, Hanyang University
  • How to interact with Koreans: This presentation is to provide a better understanding of the general context of Korean society, and suitable methods of religious conversation according to different interests in the religion that Koreans have, to who is new to Korea and possibly have religious conversation with Koreans. – Given by Jung Hoon Lee, Salam Nuri
  • The Journey to Islam: A Korean Muslim, Nurah Park, tells the story of her journey to Islam. Her philosophical questions, the fear, the hope and her decision. She shares the emotion and experience she had during the journey to Islam. – Given by Nurah Park, Salam Nuri