Mary Neuburger, Director 204 W 21st Street, Stop A1600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607
Thu, February 16, 2006 • Thompson Conference Center
The conference "Contemporary Islamic Movements: Ideology, Aesthetics, Politics" seeks to explore Islamic thought, politics and social life through an interdisciplinary approach.* The representation of Muslim life and Islam in public and private forums leaves much to be desired in terms of its depiction of the complexity of Muslim experiences and practices across the globe. By assembling scholars who have first hand knowledge of Muslim societies and of Islam, the conference will address and engage with these representational themes. The presenters have conducted scholarly investigations in the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, Europe and Africa and shall speak on Islamist movements, theological debates, Muslim aesthetics, gender categories and politics and on Muslims living as demographic minorities, all extremely pertinent issues in the contemporary moment. Our endeavor is to bring forward a comprehensive and broad understanding of the variety of ways Muslims lead and experience social life and practice their religion over a range of geographical spaces and political circumstances. Thus challenging the monolithic and narrow representation of Muslims and Islam in this country and elsewhere.