Interaction between ‘Reformist’ Muslim scholars and the Western-European academia and public sphere (1989-2009)


Thursday, April 11, 2013, 6:00pm to 7:30pm


CMES, 38 Kirkland Street, Room 102, Cambridge, MA 02138

A Middle East Beyond Borders graduate workshop with

Pegah Zohouri Haghian
CMES Fellow, Harvard University
DPhil student in Oriental (Middle Eastern) Studies, University of Oxford

Abstract: The paper analyses the socio-historical processes that led to the emergence of reformist Muslim intellectuals in the English speaking academic and public sphere in Europe during the 1990s. More precisely it will attempt to understand the relationship between their agency - in promoting their understanding of Islam in the academic and public sphere - and the structural, socio-political context in which they act. This will be addressed by looking at three scholars namely Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd, Mohammed Arkoun and Abdolkarim Soroush.

Contact: Aylin Yildirim Tschoepe
Sponsors: Mahindra Humanities Center, the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University