[R6480] The Future of Political Islam

Created by Jocelyne Cesari
Thursday, 12/02/21 2:00 pm


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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Nader Hashemi

(University of Denver)
Director of Center for Middle East Studies (2012-present) and Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver (2008-present); Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California-Los Angeles and Global Fellow,...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Robert Hefner

(Boston University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Aaron Rock-Singer

Aaron Rock-Singer is a social and intellectual historian of Islam and the Modern Middle East. He received his B.A from the University of Pennsylvania (2007), his M.Phil from St. Antony’s College, Oxford (2010) and his Ph.D from Princeton’s Department...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Jocelyne Cesari

(Georgetown University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;