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Workshop: Islamic Pasts and Futures in East Asia’s Worldmaking

23. Sep., 11:00 - 18:45

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Eine Veranstaltung um 11:00 Uhr am 23. September 2022

Eine Veranstaltung um 10:00 Uhr am 24. September 2022

September 23, Friday

11:00 – 11:20 Opening and Introduction

• Dominic Sachsenmaier (University of Göttingen)
• Janice Hyeju Jeong (University of Göttingen)
• Mohammad Alsudairi (King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies)

11:30 – 14:00 Panel I. Visions and Instrumentalizations of Islam in Asia: Historical Trajectories

Chair: Janice Hyeju Jeong (University of Göttingen)

• Cemil Aydin (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill)
“Inter-Asian Muslim Experiences of World-Making and World-Breaking in the Long 20th Century”

• Ulrich Brandenburg (University of Zurich)
“Asia, Muslim Asia, and the Challenge to Geography”

• Yee Lak Elliot Lee (Leipzig University)
“Re-Territorialization of Hui Muslims in Early 20th Century China: Historical and Demographic Knowledge Production”

• Hale Eroglu (Bogazici University)
“The Awakened Muslim: Turkish Modernity in Chinese Muslim Reformist Thought”

15:30 – 16:30 Keynote Address by Selcuk Esenbel (Bogazici University)
“Islam and East Asia in World-Making: Local and Regional Maps Embedded into a Globalizing World”

17:00 – 18:45 Panel II. Crisis, Community, and Control in Altishahr/Xinjiang

Chair: Cemil Aydin (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

• Elke Spiessens (Leiden University, WWU Münster)
“CCP Policy towards Uyghur Islam in the 21st Century: What Changed?”

• Björn Alpermann (University of Würzburg)
“A Vanishing Act? Islam in Contemporary Xinjiang”

• Rachel Harris (SOAS University of London)
“Religious Experience and Manufactured Spectacle in Xinjiang”

September 24, Saturday

10:00 – 11:45 Panel III. The Question of “Muslim” Ethnicities and Minorities in “non-Muslim” Asia

Chair: Selcuk Esenbel (Bogazici University)

• Rian Thum (University of Manchester)
“Inter-Asian Islamophobia”

• Wlodzimierz Cieciura (University of Warsaw)
“Huizu – a Chinese ‘Muslim race’? Muslim Racialization and Self-Racialization in Modern China.”

• Yoko Yamashita (Sophia University)
“Multicultural Freedom and Discursive Modes of Control over Muslims in Contemporary Japan”

13:00 – 14:45 Panel IV. The Politics of “Acceptable” Islam: Aesthetics and Public Visibility

Chair: Liu Kang (Duke University)

• Yi Soojeong (Sogang Euro-MENA Institute)
“Social Integration in South Korea: Ban-Opticon and Recognition Struggle”

• Yang Yang (National University of Singapore)
“Traveling Muslim Men as Cultural Assets: Popularized Islam, Heritage Diplomacy, and the Silk Road in China”

• Michael Malzer (University of Würzburg)
“From Arabian Nights to China’s Bordeaux: the Vanishing Role of Islam in Yinchuan, Ningxia.”

15:00 – 16:00 Keynote Address by Engseng Ho (Duke University)
„Mobile Muslims and Majoritarian States: Open and Shut Cases“

16:30 – 18:15 Panel V. Dwelling in Migration and Displacement: Tensions and Opportunities between Global Expanses and Westphalian Borders

Chair: Zhu Guohua (East China Normal University)

• Francesca Rosati (University of Leiden)
“Muslim Women in Northwestern China between Islamization and Chinafication: The Case of Women’s Madrasas in Linxia”

• Leila Chebbi (CETOBaC)
“In the ways of Tabligh: Sinicization as a Survival Strategy for a Global Islamic Revivalist Movement?”

• Atsushi Yamagata (University of Wollongong)
“Responses to the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Japan”

There is a limited number of seats for attendance onsite. Please contact for inquiries.

Please find here the program of the workshop as a PDF.


23. Sep.
11:00 - 18:45


OAS und das BMBF-Projekt zum Thema „Worldmaking from Global Perspective“


Historische Sternwarte, University of Göttingen

Geismar Landstraße 11
37083 Göttingen
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