Lazreg: Gendered Pathways to Culturalism and Cosmopolitanism on the Islamic Periphery
Where: Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave.
212-817-7000 Price: Free
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Since 2011 events in the Middle East have left social theorists wondering how to study the apparent antinomy between the rise of Islam in politics and aspirations to participatory democracy. I will focus on the history of Islamic reformist thought from its defensive posture before colonialism to its evolution in the global era towards forms of cosmopolitanism questioning national and cultural identity while asserting a Muslim ethos. I analyze modalities of this evolution as well as the reactions is has triggered among Islamic scholars, Islamists, and lay scholars in Algeria, Egypt and Iran. Is this trend best studied as ushering in a new modernity or does it require a rethinking of the premises of sociological theory?Buy tickets/get more info now