[URBANTH-L]AAA Panel on Local Islams
jancius at ohio.edu
Sun Feb 25 14:44:14 EST 2007
AAA Panel on Local Islams
The topic of 'local Islams' is an important one to take up and develop,
particularly in the context of non-majority Muslim societies. I would
like to be part of, or help organize, a comparative panel on the
differing manifestations and belief structures that exist in the
diaspora vis a vis public political culture and 'national values.'
Here, I would like to push beyond the Islam and democracy compatibility
question or the integration/assimilation/fit question and examine from
a local level how Islam is lived, understood, debated, and how this
affects questions of public recognition, voices, policy and change.
That is, how is Islam lived differently in different countries and what
are the links that bridge the local communities to nationhood as
historically understood? How does Islam change the nature of public
political discourse and how does the public political discourse change
the negotiations of individuals in the grassroots? What can we learn
from a comparative view on this subject?
The final abstract may change, given the paper ideas that are
submitted. Please contact Melanie Adrian at adrian at fas.harvard.edu if
you are interested in participating. It would help if you would send a
draft of an abstract or a description of your paper. Please do so by
March 15, as the AAA deadline is fast approaching.
Social Anthropology and the Study of Religion Harvard University
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