5th Annual Duke-UNC-CH Graduate Islamic Studies Conference

Embodying Islam:
Religious Practice and Muslim Constructions of Self

April 5-6, 2008
Duke University

     
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5th Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Islamic Studies Conference, "Embodying Islam: Religious Practice and Muslim Constructions of Self," aims to discuss embodiment in conjunction with the study of Islamicate texts and contexts.

Embodiment has played a pivotal role throughout the history of Islam and Muslim societies. Islamic discourses not only shape how Muslims perform Islam, but also structure practices and rituals. In many instances, such a religious enterprise not only shapes the understanding of the body and subject-formation, but also of agency and autonomy.

We see "embodiment" as encompassing issues of:
-bodies as sites of the performance of local Islam(s)
-performativity of gender and otherness
-practices of ritual in sacred space and time
-(de)constructions of agency
-communal or individual praxis in Islamicate texts

 

 
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