SUMMARY:The ongoing debates on the Anthropology of Islam have mainly contributed to the role of the secular state and how this institution has shaped new religious subjectivities and new boundaries between the religious and the secular. This panel aims to use 'time' and 'temporality' as new categories to explore Muslim communities and enriches the current scholarship on the Anthropology of Islam. In addition, by positioning 'time' and 'temporality' at the center of this panel, the papers seek to rethink or reinforce the idea of Islam as a 'tradition.' As mentioned by Talal Asad, "Islam is a tradition" and what is important about tradition is that "all instituted practices are oriented to a conception of the past." By using 'time' as an analytical framework, the relations between the past, the present, and the future are investigated to examine how the disciplinary discourses and practices relate to each other in the Muslim world. Therefore, if Islam is a tradition, how 'futurity,' or in the words of Reinhart Koselleck, "the horizon of expectations" can shape the discourses and practices in various Muslim communities?
The panel welcomes the papers that explore the interplay of secular time, religious time, measurement of time, and experience of time with modernity, secularism, and socio-political transformations within the framework of the Anthropology of Islam. In addition, papers that address topics related to time such as memory, nostalgia, hope, waiting, and messianism in an Islamic context are welcome.
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair; Panel Participating Role(s): Discussant; Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;
(University of Toronto)
Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi is Professor of Historical Studies, History, and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. He was the founding Chair of the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto-Mississauga (2004-07),...