International research seminar
|Dato||ons 14 dec — tor 15 dec|
|Tid||09:00 — 14:00|
|Sted||Moesgaard Museum, conf. room, 3rd floor 4240-301 (access through back entrance)|
Is there a place for doubt in Islam? In contemporary public debates in the West, the “problem of Islam” is often associated with blind faith in archaic religious scriptures and a general incapacity of doubt and critical thinking. However, in Muslim practice as well as intellectual thinking this view is challenged by a range of diverging interpretations, intense discussions, and even armed conflict. With this seminar we aim to challenge the public image of Islam by asking: What is the place of doubt in the social and religious lives of various Muslims? What is the relationship between religious doubt, certitude, and critical thinking? What forms of cultural, political, and religious critique are cultivated or disabled through different modalities of religious practice?
Recent debates in the anthropology of Islam have focused on the piety of Muslims, the lack of piety, and the development of various Muslim subjectivities. This seminar proposes to advance this focus by bringing together key scholars whose work has evolved around the question of faith and doubt in contemporary Muslim traditions and practices. When and how are various Muslims certain and uncertain of the presence of the divine in their lives, their own faith, and their interpretation of Islamic texts? How are such certainties and uncertainties expressed, and how are they affected by current pressures of growing sectarianism on the one side and secular understandings of critique on the other? What role does doubt play among contemporary Muslims, and how can this question develop current academic understandings of Muslim piety and subjectivity?
The seminar is free and open to all. Please register by sending an email entitled “Doubt and Certitude” to: Nynne Visbo-Bomose email@example.com.
December 14, 9 am – 5.30 pm
9.00 – 9.15 am: Welcome, coffee, practicalities
9.15 – 10.30 am: Session 1
11.00 am – 12.15 pm: Session 2
12.15 – 1.15 pm: Lunch
1.15 – 2.30 pm: Session 3
3.00–4.45 pm: Session 4
5.00 – 5.30 pm: General discussion chaired by Nils Bubandt
December 15, 9 am – 2 pm
9.00 – 9.15 am: Good morning, coffee, practicalities
9.15 – 10.30 am: Session 5
11.00 – 12.15 am: Session 6
12.15 – 1.00 pm: General discussion
1.00 – 2.00 pm: Lunch and farewells