2011 Conference: Workshop on language, Literacy and the Social Construction of Authority in Islamic Societies

MARCH 3, 2011 - 10:00AM TO MARCH 4, 2011 - 6:15PM

LOCATION: LANDAU ECONOMICS BUILDING, LUCAS CONFERENCE ROOM 579 SERRA MALL, STANFORD, CA 94305- 6072

The two-day workshop focuses on the processes underlying the social construction of authority in Islamic societies and the ways in which those processes have been affected by issues of language and the development of literacy since the seventeenth century.  Presentations will explore these issues in the context of peripheries as well as the core regions. Workshop sessions are free and open to public.

CONTACT:

abbasiprogram@stanford.edu

650-725-9098

Thursday March 3 10:00 AM – 12:40 PM – CONTEMPORARY STRUGGLES FOR AUTHORITY

Flagg Miller (Chair)

UC Davis

Ebru Erdem-Akcay

“Religiosity, Language Use and Political Expression: A Study on two Turkish Online Communities”

UC Riverside

Peter McMurray

“Listening to the Poetics and Politics of Contemporary Balkan Sufism”

Harvard University

Stéphane Lacroix

“Ulama, Intellectuals and the Struggle for Authority within Islamist Movements”

Sciences Po

Bernard Rougier

“Authority built on grammars of action: the particular case of the Arab Levant”

Collège de France/Sciences Po

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – LANGUAGE, LITERACY AND THE NATION

Michael Cooperson (Chair)

University of California , Los Angeles

Parna Sengupta

“Schooling Faith: Religious Pluralism in Twentieth Century Bengal”

Stanford University

Nabil Mouline

“The Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice in contemporary Saudi Arabia”

Sciences Po/ Princeton University

Alexander Knysh

“Arabic as the Language of Resistance: The Caucasus Emirate”

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM – LITERATURE AND PERFORMANCE

Shleh Quinn (Chair)

University of California, Merced

Prashant Keshavmurthy

“Sirajuddin Ali Khan Arzu and the Emergence of the Universal Human Subject in early Modern Persian Literary Theory”

McGill University

Melis Sulos

“The Rise and the Politicization of the Popular Theatre in the Late Ottoman World”

CUNY

Yaseen Noorani

“Literary Aestheticism and the Formation of the Notion of Islamic Civilization”

University of Arizona

FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2011 10:00 AM – 12:40 PM – THE ULEMA IN MODERN TIMES

Tugrul Keskin (Chair)

Portland State University

Mara Leichtman

“Arabic Literacy, Conversion to Shi’i Islam, and the Transformation of Religious Authority in Senegal”

Michigan State University

Zekeria Ahmed Salem

“From Slaves to Imams? Knowledge, Islamic Authority, and Social Change in Mauritania”

University of Florida

Thomas Pierret

“Tradition as an Asset: Informal Religious Teaching and the Cooptation of the ‘New Literate Elites’ by the Ulema in 20th Century Syria”

Princeton University

Laurence Louer

“Mohammed al-Shirazi and the Construction of Religious Authority”

CERI/Sciences Po/ CNRS

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – MODERN TRANSFORMATIONS OF AUTHORITY

Mohammad Salama (Chair)

SFSU

Kristen Brustad

“Standard Language Ideology and the Construction of Modern Standard Arabic”

University of Texas, Austin

David Lelyveld

“Sir Syed’s Printing Press: Print, Literacy and Islam in Early Nineteenth Century India”

William paterson University

Brett Wilson

“Qur’an Translation in the Age of Nationalism”

Macalester College

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM – VISUALITY

Qamar Adamjee (Chair)

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Chanchal Dadlani

“The Visual, the Textual, and the Construction of Cultural Authority in the Late Mughal Empire”

Columbia University

Hamza Zeghlache

“Text, Space and Images: Written Representation of Islamic Architecture in Arabic Manuscript”

University of Setif

Elham Etemadi

“The Verbal Conditionality of Visual Literacy: Early Modern Persian Paintings”

University of Leuven