Events Calendar

Islam in Eurasia
Nov 3 – Nov 4 all-day
Islam in Eurasia @ Lindner Commons, Room 602 | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Eurasia is often a forgotten space on the radar of the public opinion and the policy community looking at the Islamic world. However, Eurasia offers diversity of Islamic traditions, including both Sunni and Shiite.  Islam in Eurasia has been at the crossroads of many influences, interacting with Christianity, European secularism and Soviet atheism, as well as with Islamic revivalist movements from the Middle-East and South Asia.

This conference gives the floor to a generation of scholars who have been working on the ground to renew our knowledge of Eurasian Islam in its plurality, going beyond the media hype of Islamist radicalization and terrorism. The first two panels will look at the relationship between state and religion in the region and at the place of Islam in everyday life. The second day will explore Eurasian Islamic actors as they interact with the globalized world: they discover other Islamic traditions, enjoy the rise of digital media as a new platform to discuss religion, and a minority engage in internationalized insurgency theaters.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

9:30 am Introduction

Marlene Laruelle (George Washington University)

9:45-11:00am Keynote Speaker

Pauline Jones Luong (Michigan University, USA)
Reassessing Central Asia’s Islamic Revival

11:00-1:00pm Session I. State and Religion in Eurasia

Chair: David Abramson (State Department, USA)

Sergey Markedonov (Russian State University for the Humanities)
Russian State and Multi-Faced Political Islam

Sufian Zhemukhov (IERES, George Washington University)
Security, Religion, and the State in the North Caucasus

Bayram Balci (CERI Science Po, France)
Between Sunni and Shia Revival: State and Religion in Azerbaijan

Sebastien Peyrouse (IERES, George Washington University, USA)
Authoritarian Secularism:  State Management of Religion in Central Asia


1:00-2:00pm Lunch

2:00-4:00pm Session II. Islam and Everyday Life in Central Asia

Chair: Pauline Jones Luong (Michigan University, USA)

David Montgomery (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
Islam in Everyday Life and Everyday Life in Islam: Religion and Secularism as Lived Categories in Central Asia

Shahnoza Nozimova (George Mason University, USA)
Female Islamic Lifeworld in Tajikistan: Competing Discourses and Limited Public Spheres

Elyor Karimov (Institute of History, Academy of Sciences, Tashkent, Uzbekistan)
Female Ordinances of Sacred Sites at Modern Central Asia: Traditions and Innovations

Aurelie Biard (Sciences Po, France)
Islam, Individuation and Neo-Community in Kyrgyzstan

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

11:00-12:30pm Session III. Interacting with the World. Travelers, Migrants and Proselytes

Chair: Sean Robert (George Washington University, USA)

David Abramson (State Department, USA)
The Politicization of Islamic Education at Home and Abroad

Marlene Laruelle (George Washington University, USA)
The Role of Islam among Central Asian Migrants

Emil Nasridtinov (American University in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan)
Kyrgyz Dawatchis: Travel, Dawah and Glocal Narrative 

12:30-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-3:00pm Session IV. Roundtable: Digital Islam. A New Marketplace for Religion

Chair: Noah Tucker (Independent scholar, CAP associate, USA)

Sarah Kendzior (Al-Jazeera English, CAP associate, USA),

Behzod Mamadiev (VoA, Washington DC, USA), and

Wendell Schwab (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

3:00-3:30pm Coffee-break

3:30-5:00pm Session V. From Pakistan to Syria. Trajectories of Eurasian Insurgents

Chair: Marlene Laruelle (IERES, George Washington University)

Jean-Francois Ratelle (IERES, George Washington University, USA)
Comparative Analysis of the Caucasus Emirate Islamic Ideology inside the Global-Salafi Jihad

Noah Tucker (Independent scholar, CAP associate, USA)
The Syrian Conflict and the Transformation of the Uzbek Jihad

Erlan Karin (Director, Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies)
Natives of Kazakhstan in Syria: Routes, Factors, Portraits

From Empires of Faith to Nationalizations of Islam & the Globalization of Jihad in Central Asia
Dec 17 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
From Empires of Faith to Nationalizations of Islam & the Globalization of Jihad in Central Asia @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412 | Vancouver | Washington | United States
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]with Nazif Shahrani, Indiana University

This seminar will discuss the versatility, uses and abuses of Islam as religion by the faithful and its various deployments by the political elites for establishing empires of faith, resisting colonialism, attempting to build nation-states and waging global jihad in the late 20th and early 21st centuries in Central Asia. More specifically it will focus on the consequences of nationalization and demonization of Islam by the rulers, an inadequate knowledge of Islam by its practitioners and entitlement demands by the jihadists, especially in Afghanistan.

M. Nazif Shahrani is Professor of Anthropology, Central Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington and has served two terms as Chairman of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Director of the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program at IU. Shahrani is an Afghan ­American anthropologist with extensive field research in Afghanistan, and has studied Afghan refugee communities in Pakistan & Turkey. Since 1992 he

has also conducted field research in post-­Soviet Muslim republics of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. He is interested in the impact of Islam on social life and political culture of Muslims, problems of state­ failure the role of nationalism in social fragmentation in multi­-ethnic nation states, and the political economy of international assistance to post-colonial failing states and its consequences.[/vc_column_text][vc_button title=”Please RSVP” target=”_self” color=”btn-warning” icon=”none” size=”btn-large” href=”” el_class=”align-center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]