Global Research Opportunities on Neo-Calvinism


Neo-Calvinism and Islam

Istanbul, Turkey

25-56 August, 2016


Call for Papers



At the end of the nineteenth century, military and economic expansion in Africa, the Middle East and Asia brought Europe into contact with Islam. This interaction sparked European political debates on how to deal with different religions and cultures. The study of Islam was encouraged within the contexts of missiology and the science of religion, and missionaries were sent to the Arab world. A range of opinions on Islam within emerged within European Christianity, varying from a comparative view to radical rejection, from the need for conversion to the search for dialogue. The late nineteenth century was also the context for the development of neo-Calvinism: a movement that attempted to articulate an orthodox Reformed faith in the modern world. Which views of Islam were held amongst neo-Calvinist theologians, missiologists, missionaries and politicians? How did these views work out in the encounter with Islam?


The conference will focus on the theological, ecclesial, philosophical, political, historical, social and cultural interactions between the two religions: in what ways did they approach each other? On which aspects did they continue to differ, and why? How could their relationship over a century and a half best be described?


Plenary speakers

Among others:

Prof. George Harinck, Theological University Kampen

Prof. Kees van der Kooi, VU University Amsterdam

Prof. Richard J. Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena



Location and Accommodation

The conference will be held on invitation of the Deputy Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Istanbul at:


Palais de Hollande

Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Istiklal Caddesi 197, Beyoğlu, Istanbul




Participants are responsible for finding their own accommodation.


Year-Round Opportunities


The Abraham Kuyper Collection of Dutch Reformed Protestantism is one of the Special Collections housed in the Library of Princeton Theological Seminary. It focuses on the theology and history of Dutch Reformed Protestantism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and includes many rare items. At the heart of the collection is one of the most complete collections of literature by and about Abraham Kuyper, including approximately 30,000 volumes from the library of the late Dutch historian, Dr. George Puchinger. This was acquired for Special Collections in 1999 through the generosity of Mr. Henry Luce III.

Visiting Scholar Program

Abraham Kuyper Visiting Scholarships are available to scholars from anywhere in the world, and at any stage of their career, to enable them to conduct research in the Kuyper Collection for periods of up to one month. They provide dedicated study space in the Seminary Library, financial assistance towards the cost of travel to Princeton, and lodging during the period of research. Visiting Scholarships are awarded by competition on the basis of a research proposal and the academic qualification of the applicant.

The closing dates for these awards are December 1st and June 1st each year for periods of research in the following academic year. The number of awards will be determined by the amount of money available. Awards will be made by the Advisory Board of the Kuyper Center, whose decisions are final.

Applicants should send the following information by email attachment to [email protected]

1. A statement of the research topic, its relevance to contemporary inquiry, and its appropriateness to the Kuyper Center Collection, and plans for related publication (if any). This statement should not exceed 500 words.

2. A program of study specifying dates.

3. A budget including travel costs, lodging and meals (based on accommodation at Erdman Hall). NOTE: awards are likely to cover only part of these costs.

The closing date for study visits in the year March 2014 - February 2015 is 1st December 2013