|Rethinking Islamic Studies Workshop on "Performance and Practice in Muslim Experience"|
Friday, November 16, 1:00 PM–5:00 PM
McCormick Place North – 136
Gordon Newby, Emory University, and Kristian Petersen, University of Washington, Presiding
Scholarship in Islamic studies has traditionally shown a preference for reliance on written sources and textual analysis. Such a textual approach has often failed to address sufficiently what Muslims actually do or did. Recent trends in Islamic studies — employing anthropological, sociological, and new philological methods — are extending how we approach Muslim religiosity as a lived reality both in the modern and historical periods.
This workshop will explore how Muslims live their religion as witnessed through contemporary observations as well as in textual reports, extending from the Qur’an to YouTube. The workshop will consider creative methodological and theoretical approaches in order to challenge and expand readings of Muslims practices and performance. Participants will be encouraged to bring their own examples from all regions and periods to enrich the interactive conversations in the workshop.
Leor Halevi, Vanderbilt University
Karen Ruffle, University of Toronto, and Vernon Schubel, Kenyon College
Vincent Cornell, Emory University
Marcia Hermansen, Loyola University, Chicago
Anna Bigelow, North Carolina State University
Munir Jiwa, Graduate Theological Union
Nelly Van Doorn-Harder, Wake Forest University
Scott Kugle, Emory University