Claiming and Making Muslim Worlds: Across and Between the Local and the Global

Claiming and Making Muslim Worlds: Across and Between the Local and the Global

Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO)
From - Until
03.04.2019 - 05.04.2019
Ulrike Freitag

Funded by the German Ministry for Research and Education, and since 2017 with the Leibniz-Association, the conference concludes our 12-year research programme "Muslim Worlds - Worlds of Islam?"

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Muslim Worlds - World of Islam? Conceptions, Practices, and Crises of the Global PDF (Phase II, 2014–2019)

In its main BMBF-funded research programme, the Centre currently comprises four interdisciplinary project groups, with twenty-two researchers working on different historical and cultural aspects of the "Islamicate World" since the 18th century. Building on ZMO’s preceding programmes, Abgrenzung und Aneignung in der Globalisierung (1996-2000) and Translokalität (2000-2007) - the first phase (2008-2013) of the current programme, Muslim Worlds – World of Islam?, tracked the global condition of Muslim life worlds in a more differentiated manner.
Substantial contributions to academic debates have come out of this (see ZMO’s Programmatic Texts as well as Freitag/von Oppen 2005).
From such a perspective, which understands itself as part of an on-going critique of Eurocentrism, the current research programme studies Conceptions, Practices and Crises of the Global in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Through empirically based and conceptually engaged projects, it explores specific themes within the wider field of tension between Muslim worlds, understood as the life worlds of Muslims or members of other communities in Islamicate contexts, and the world of Islam, constructed by a religious tradition with unifying claims but diverse interpretations and practices.

Our current research agenda includes capturing the flows and dynamics of transregional interaction and connectivity that have characterised Muslim worlds in recent historical periods and under diverse conditions – while also including the ruptures, conflicts and crises that these processes entail. This allows us to trace the tensions between global concepts and lived practices, which may emphasize very different sets of norms, and to investigate, where necessary, concrete and diverse empirical settings in their relation to overarching normative demands upon Muslims in different political, social, and economic contexts.

The second phase (2014-2019) of ZMO’s research programme, Muslim Worlds – World of Islam?, starts from here. By way of four interlaced research fields, we will explore themes and issues that have emerged as relevant and particularly promising in the discussions of the previous research phase. The four fields investigate:

Progress: Ideas, Agents, Symbols;
The Politics of Resources;
Trajectories of Lives and Knowledge, and
Cities as Laboratories of Change.


Day I – Wednesday, 3 April 2019

12.00 – 13.00 Registration

13.00 – 13.45 Opening and Introduction
Ulrike Freitag (ZMO)

Thematic Section: Religious Worlds

13.45 – 15.15 Religion and Ideas of World Order: Claims, Engagement and Transformations
Convenor: Antía Mato Bouzas (ZMO)

Antía Mato Bouzas (ZMO): “Religion in the Making of Transnational Spaces”

Dietrich Reetz (ZMO): “Claiming and Making Global Space: Muslim Actors from South Asia”

Fatima Tofighi (University of Religions and Denominations, Qom): “Revolutionary Bodies: Self-Disciplining the Muslim Iranian Body in the Face of Empire”

15.45 – 17.15 Governing the Sahel-Sahara: Bad Islam and Good Muslims
Convenor: Britta Frede (ZMO), Judith Scheele (ZMO), Abdoulaye Sounaye (ZMO)
Discussant: Baz Lecocq (Humboldt University, Berlin)

Britta Frede (ZMO): “The Islamic Republic of Mauritania and its Governance of (trans)local Islamic Heritage”

Judith Scheele (ZMO): “Whatever Happened in Northern Mali?”

Abdoulaye Sounaye (ZMO): “Treating Muslim Subjects: Deradicalizing the Sahel”

18.00 – 19.30 Keynote Lecture
Seema Alavi (Delhi University): “Muslim Cosmopolitanism and the Writing of World History”

Day II – Thursday, 4 April 2019

Thematic Section: Values in Circulation

9.30 – 11.00 Making Muslim Spaces in the Indian Ocean
Convenor: Sebastian Prange (University of British Columbia)
Chair and Discussant: Ulrike Freitag (ZMO)

Sebastian Prange (University of British Columbia): “The Hindu King who Loves the Muslims: Expanding the Dar al-Islam on the Sixteenth-Century Malabar Coast”

Scott Reese (University of Northern Arizona): “Small Volumes: Publishing, Print and Networks of Muslim Intellectual Community in the Colonial Indian Ocean”

Tika Ramadhini (ZMO): “Jawah Women’s Learning Activities in Mecca, Nineteenth to Twentieth Century”

11.30 – 13.00 Challenging the North/South Divide: Multicentric Flows in Muslim Worlds
Convenor, Discussant: Stefan B. Kirmse (ZMO)
Chair: Jeanine Dağyeli (Nazarbayev University, Astana)

Rebecca Gould (University of Birmingham): “The Obligation to Migrate: Hijra and Cultural Memory in the Soviet Caucasus Literatures”

Manja Stephan-Emmrich (Humboldt University, Berlin): “Bourgeois Islam and Other Post-national Sensi- bilities: Tracing Im/-material Flows Across Central Asia and the Gulf”

Sumit Mandal (University of Nottingham): “Music, Faith, and Commerce: The Nature, Reach, and Impact of Islamic Devotional Music in Southeast Asia”

14.30 – 16.00 The Moral Economies of Resource Valuation and Extraction
Convenors: Katharina Lange (ZMO), Jeanine Dağyeli (Nazarbayev University, Astana)
Discussant: Jeanine Dağyeli (Nazarbayev University, Astana)

Patrick Schukalla (ZMO): “Becoming the Nuclear Front-End – On the Uranium Frontier in Tanzania”

Erdem Evren (ZMO): “Negotiating Extraction”

Julien Brachet (Univers. Paris I, IRD): “The (im)moral Economy of Natron Mining in Northern Chad”

18.00 – 19.30 Roundtable discussion: Was sind muslimische Welten? Fragen an den globalen Norden

Venue: Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, Raum Hannover, 5th floor, Chausseestraße 111, 10115 Berlin

Word of welcome: Matthias Kleiner (Leibniz Association)
Moderation: Ulrike Freitag (ZMO)

Charlotte Wiedemann (Berlin)
Mamadou Diawara (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
Claudia Derichs (Philipps-Universität Marburg)
Bekim Agai (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)

The event will be held in German.

Day III – Friday, 5 April 2019

Thematic Section: Unmaking and Remaking Muslim Worlds

9.30 – 11.00 Overcoming Division – Religious and Non-Religious Norms in Global Transitional Justice Processes
Convenor: Sonja Hegasy (ZMO)

Brahim El Guabli (Williams College): “Islamizing Memory: Islamist Prison Literature and Moroccan Cultural Memory”

Susanne Buckley-Zistel (University of Marburg): “Transnational Memorialisation of Past Atrocities”

Farzana Haniffa (University of Colombo): “Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka: Muslim Engagement with the National Discourse”

11.30 – 13.00 Muslim Liminality in Migrant Spaces: Berlin During the Era of the World Wars
Convenor: Peter Wien (University of Maryland)

Peter Wien (University of Maryland): “Survival Strategies in Nazi Berlin: Husni al-’Urabi’s 89 Months in Exile”

Jan Brauburger (ZMO): “Imperial Anti- colonialism: the Camp Newspaper “El Dschihad” and the Propaganda to Muslim prisoners of
war in Germany, 1915-1918”

David Motadel (London School of Economics and Political Science): “Anti-Colonial Revolutionaries in Wartime Berlin”

Thematic Section: Rethinking Muslim Worlds

14.30 – 16.00 Intellectual Cultures, Philosophy, and Critical Thinkers: Challenges, Pathways and Reservoirs for Decolonization
Convenors: Kai Kresse (ZMO), Nils Riecken (ZMO)

Nils Riecken (ZMO): “Abdallah Laroui’s Situated Universalism:Conceptual Translation and the Re- Working of the Historicity of Concepts”

Anaheed Al-Hardan (American University of Beirut): “On South-South Circulations, Histories and Possibilities in the Arab World”

Abdulkader Tayob (University of Cape Town): “Nativizing Religion between Muslim Intellectuals and the Enlightenment Project”

16.30 – 18.00 Closing Discussion

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