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The Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World (SCTIW) was founded in 2010 in order to promote new directions in scholarship and creative activities related to the interface of so-called Eastern and Western movements.

SCTIW is a network of professional academics representing a diverse array of fields (philosophy, anthropology, sociology, literary theory, theology, history, cultural studies, media studies, religious studies and political science), artists, theorists, social-activists, and learned public citizens who distrust ‘impenetrable borders’ and instead are interested in the confluences, influences, and intersections of emerging ideas and practices from both within and outside of the Islamicate world.

For our purposes, the Islamicate world in fact embodies a kind of limitless zero-world, a vast territory of thought, experience, and imagination through which some of the most powerful currents circulate at will. It is through such obscure existential turns—across rising spaces of transformation, experimentation, and distortion—that we construct the map for a captivating endeavor.

The society members encourage the sharing of ideas among one another to help further new explorations into contemporary intellectual trends, as well as seek to facilitate public venues for sharing the results of these inquiries with others.