Islamizing the present, challenging the past
Summary, in English
Looking beyond such dichotomies, this panel proposes to explore how socially committed interpretations of Islam often ambiguously develops within, and prospers from, the secular state institutions, the local socio-cultural processes and the national-historical narratives they rhetorically set out to challenge. In recent history as well as the present, Islamic movements and Muslim actors have formulated agendas in open-ended, hybridized yet subversive accommodations. In short, prevalent socio-political order may simultaneously constrain and facilitate the appeal to Islamic signage and moral universes.
Such perspectives build on an anthropological understanding of the political significance of Islamic symbols in Middle Eastern and diasporic societies. Politics indeed entails a symbolically expressed, public negotiation process of common social values, to draw on Eickelman & Piscatori. Accordingly, as pointed out by Lisa Wedeen, the management and manipulation of systems of signification are essential elements in the maintenance of political order, as well as in the subversion thereof.
In line with such dynamic perspectives on the political-cum-religious processes in current Middle Eastern and diasporic societies, this panel presents four divergent but interconnected perspectives on how (allegedly) Islamically inspired actors appeal to politically significant religious symbolic systems in their aspirations to agency, influence and authenticity. The papers of the panel will explore how they do so through subversive, creative and innovative appropriations of state institutions, historical narratives and political discourses.
- MECW: The Middle East in the Contemporary World
- Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies (CMES)
Conference paper: abstract
- Religious Studies
- Political Science
World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies 2018
2018-07-16 - 2018-07-22