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Ottoman Conceptual History

Challenges and Prospects

Alp Eren Topal and Einar Wigen

Islamic tradition; it is a quality observable in other broad hermeneutical traditions. By providing actors with a common vocabulary, tropes, and postulates with which they can argue their relative positions, tradition makes politics possible. The

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Islamic traditions and Muslim youth in Norway, by Jacobsen, Christine M.


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Young, Gifted and Religious

What Do We Expect from Our Tradition and Our Society?

Rukea M. Azougaye

This paper for the JCM Conference 2012 is in the first part an attempt to explain how it is to grow up and live as a mixed-raced, Muslim girl in Germany. It brings many challenges and difficulties with it but also a lot of fun, excitement and very life enriching lessons, to discover all those cultural and religious differences, developing a very own view and understanding towards certain religious traditions. It then continues to discuss the importance and meaning of Islam in my life, how living according to what I understood the Islamic tradition requires, gave me peace and happiness as well as complications and rejections. And finally some thoughts about the expectations I have towards Islamic communities and how we could all contribute to a better understanding and ways of living together as a community

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Old Philosophy, New Movement: The Rise of the Islamic Ecological Paradigm in the Discourse of Environmentalism

Md Saidul Islam

Contesting the U.S.-centric bias of modern environmentalism, this essay uncovers an “old“ paradigm of environmentalism found in the medieval Islamic tradition, the Islamic Ecological Paradigm (IEP)—which, in many respects, is tantamount to many ideologies of modern environmentalism. According to IEP, human beings are a part of, and not above, nature, and have the responsibility to preserve nature. Many paradigms of modern environmentalism have largely embraced this ideology, though they do not necessarily trace their origin to IEP. This essay also analyzes Muslim environmental activism today by focusing on how its proponents are inspired by modern environmentalism while grounding their activism in IEP. Despite substantial variance and occasional tension, the author argues that both modern environmentalism and IEP can form an ontological alliance, an alliance that is of paramount importance to addressing environmental problems that transcend physical and cultural borders.

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Interreligious Textbook Research and Development

A Proposal for Standards

Johannes Lähnemann

The proposed Standards for interreligious textbook research and development are the result of an interreligious and international process of consultation. In the tension between a 'clash of civilisations' and the 'dialogue among civilisations', school textbooks have an important task. In many countries they are practically the 'teacher of teachers'. Based on the research project, “the representation of Christianity in textbooks of countries with an Islamic tradition“, discussions between scholars in different countries have taken place. The standards are proposed as possible guidelines for author teams and publishers, for education authorities and curriculum planners. Issues and tasks are envisaged under eight headings: covering the questions of an authentic portrayal of religions, developing a dialogue-orientated interpretation of religion, portraying religions' importance in the life of real people, dealing carefully with religions' history, with their cultural heritage and their context and with the controversial issues of mission, religious freedom and tolerance. Mutual understanding in the field of ethics should also be reflected. Last but not least, the life conditions of the students and their relevance for religious learning are to be taken seriously. Pedagogical and media didactic approaches have to accept the students as independent partners in the learning processes.

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Democracy, Polygamy, and Women in Post-Reformasi Indonesia

Suzanne Brenner

In July 2003, a lavish award ceremony was held at a five-star hotel in Jakarta. At the Polygamy Awards, as it was called, the financial sponsor and master of ceremonies, a wealthy entrepreneur named Puspo Wardoyo, handed out awards to several dozen Indonesian men who, in the view of the selection committee, had upheld the high moral and religious standards needed to be a successful polygamist. The idea of the ceremony was to bring polygamy and its practitioners out of the closet, so to speak, and to celebrate polygamy’s virtue as a respected Islamic tradition that should be a source of pride rather than shame for both men and women. Puspo Wardoyo, the jovial president of the Indonesian Polygamy Society (Masyarakat Poligami Indonesia), had embarked upon a highly publicized crusade to popularize polygamy. Although legal with some restrictions for Muslim men in Indonesia, polygamy had a social taint to it that Puspo and others like him wanted to see erased. “A man who can afford it financially and who is of good character has the duty to have more than one wife. Polygamy is the most praiseworthy of actions … I want to spread the polygamy virus,” he commented in a magazine interview.

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Islamic Biopolitics during Pandemics in Russia

Intertextuality of Religious, Medical and Political Discourses

Sofya A. Ragozina

, political and medical discourses. Islamic tradition pays great attention to the body by defining various practices of control over it. For example, it regulates body movement during prayer, the wearing of the hijab, fasting, the purification of body and so

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Talal Asad

Talal Asad, Jonathan Boyarin, Nadia Fadil, Hussein Ali Agrama, Donovan O. Schaefer, and Ananda Abeysekara

. Friendship and Time in the Work of Talal Asad Hussein Ali Agrama How does Talal Asad think with, and through, Islamic tradition? How does that thinking help him—and us—understand both the concept of tradition and Islam as a tradition? What critical

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Modernity, Ḥadātha, and Modernité in the Works of Abdallah Laroui

Conceptual Translation and the Politics of Historicity

Nils Riecken

clear that modernity requires as much material modernization (e.g., the level of health care) as it calls for a future new synthesis based on a critical reinterpretation of modernity , the turāth , and the Islamic tradition. Such a new synthesis

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Translating Islam into Georgian

The Question of Georgian Muslim Identity in Contemporary Adjara

Ricardo Rivera

vocabulary for concepts and terminology in the Islamic tradition without the restrictive effect of the Christian meanings of everyday Georgian words, as in the case of aghdgoma ? In the sermon I analysed above, which lasted ninety minutes, the moment the