"Roads to Paradise:
Eschatology and Concepts of the Hereafter in Islam"

السبُل إلى الجنّة:
التصوّرات الإسلامية لأشراط الساعة والآخرة

The international symposium exploring "Roads to Paradise: Eschatology and Concepts of the Hereafter in Islam" will take place from May 27th to 31st 2009 at the University of Göttingen, Germany.

The main objective of the conference is to map and analyze the rich spectrum of key issues in Islamic thought and piety relating to the fate and conditions of individual souls after death, divine judgment and the nature of the afterlife, as well as the signs and portents preceding these events. In addition, the themes for discussion will extend to the importance of Quranic statements and later Muslim views on the hereafter in the modern context, including the use of paradise as a metaphor by secular Muslim thinkers to express their vision of a just and prosperous society within an Islamic framework.

The conference has been conceptualized and organized by Sebastian Günther, Director of the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Göttingen, and Todd Lawson, Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto. Sixty renowned international scholars from Europe, North America, and the Middle East will be participating, with the majority of participants coming from Canada, Egypt, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States.

The symposium organizers gratefully acknowledge financial assistance provided by the following organizations:

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft /
German Research Foundation

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Gerda Henkel Stiftung / Gerda Henkel Foundation

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Bundesland Niedersachen / The Federal State of Lower Saxony

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Göttinger Graduierten-Kolleg “Gottesbilder, Götterbilder, Weltbilder“/ The Distinguished Graduate Program „Images of the Divine and of the World“

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Universitätsbund der Universität Göttingen

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Centrum Orbis Orientalis (CORO), University of Göttingen

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Olms Verlag, Hildesheim

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Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden

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Harrassowitz Verlag, München