Published on 21 Jan 2020

​​Sociology Seminar | “Researching Islam”: Social Theory and the Formation of Modern Muslim Subjectivities

Event"Researching Islam": Social Theory and the Formation of Modern Muslim Subjectivities
Prof Dietrich Jung
Head of Department, Center for Contemporary Middle East Studies
University of Southern Denmark
Date21 January 2020 (Tuesday)
Time3:00pm – 4:30pm
VenueConference Room (SHHK-05-57), 48 Nanyang Avenue

This lecture deals with Islam and the Middle East as scientific problems. How to study the modern Muslim world? How to address Islam in scholarly terms? In which ways can so-called Western social theory contribute to Islamic studies? To a certain extent, social theory and Islamic and Middle East studies still have a tendency to reinforce ideas of an, in principle, mutual exclusiveness between Western and Islamic forms of modernity. In contrast to this discourse of difference, this lecture emphasizes similarities between Western and Muslim modern social experiences. Drawing from findings of the Modern Muslim Subjectivity Project that has been conducted at the Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies at the University of Southern Denmark since 2013, it wants to show the scholarly relevance of “Western” analytical concepts in Islamic contexts. The lecture argues to consider the formation of modern Muslim subjectivities to be an inherent part of global modernity.