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Recentering the Islamic World: Perspectives from Java

April 30, 2022
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Online Event hosted via Zoom

Although the Javanese are the dominant ethnic and linguistic group of Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim majority nation, the Javanese have long had a position of marginality in Islamic Studies. This workshop seeks to recenter the field of Islamic Studies by bringing our Javanese source materials in conversation with central questions in the wider field. Java is not only part of the Islamic world, but Javanese case studies can, and indeed should, be drawn on in comparative perspective to shed light on global conceptual problems and historical questions.

(Eastern Daylight Time)

9:00 am Opening Remarks

9:15 am Yumi Sugahara (Osaka University) Changes of the Tale of Hell in Nineteenth-Century Java

10:00 am Bernard Arps (Leiden University) What Became of Java’s Islam of Quest?

10:45 am Break 11:15 am Verena Meyer (Columbia University) Thinking of Temporality and Memory in Islamic Java

12:00 pm Tony Day (Independent Scholar, Graz) Good Manners on the Road — Sufi Etiquette (ādāb) in the Sěrat Cěnthini

12:45 pm Concluding Discussion

Discussants: Ronit Ricci (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Nancy Florida (University of Michigan), Katherine Ewing (Columbia University), Brinkley Messick (Columbia University

Generously supported by The Department of Religion at Columbia University; Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life;  American Academy of Religion; Middle East Institute; and South Asia Institute.

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