[R6480] The Future of Political Islam
Created by Jocelyne Cesari
Thursday, 12/02/21 2:00 pm
SUMMARY:Since the 2011 Arab revolutions and the Syrian conflict, new questions on the role of political Islam have emerged. The access to power of Islamic political parties, with very contrasted results across countries, have led to reconsider some dominant approaches, like the paradigm of inclusion-moderation or social movement theories. Common conceptions of Islam and the nation-state as incompatible or in conflict have come under review. With the rise of ISIS and its attempt to create a caliphate, the distinctions between religion and politics, national and international have been more than ever challenged. The debate however continues unabated: Is political Islam decipherable through the tenets of the Islamic tradition--or is it a tool of secular actors who shrewdly misuse religious references Is it an expression of modernity, or a return to the past Are Islamism and Political Islam synonymous The thematic conversation intends to assess the limits or blind spot of the existing literature and discuss new scholarship in order to eschew the aforementioned dichotomies with a particular focus on religious nationalism, Islamic governance, religious institutions and political Islam, international and regional disparities of Islamic mobilization. The thematic conversation will include senior and more junior scholars from anthropology, religious studies, political science and history who work across a vast array of topics and countries from Egypt to Iran and Indonesia.
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