Monday, March 30, 2009

LECTURE- Islam(s) in Post-Soviet Eurasia: One or Many?, John Schoeberlein, WWC, Washington, DC, Mar. 31

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LECTURE- Islam(s) in Post-Soviet Eurasia: One or Many?, J. Schoeberlein, Mar 31

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"Islam(s) in Post-Soviet Eurasia: One or Many?"

John Schoeberlein, Lecturer on Central Asia, Department of Near
Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
3:30 to 5:30 p.m.


6th Floor Flom Auditorium
Woodrow Wilson Center
6th Floor Flom Auditorium
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC

It is normal to think of Islam in normative terms -- positing that
there is a "correct" form of Islam and deviations from that. This is
normal thinking both for Muslims and for non-Muslim observers and
policy makers. This normative thinking leads to unjustified
assumptions about Islam, that it is or should be homogeneous, and at
the same time, that posit dichotomies as the best way to understand
Islam: between Shia and Sunni, Wahhabi and Sufi, traditional and
modern, moderate and radical, local variation and universal norms.
The talk will explore the problems of thinking both homogeneously and
dichotomously about Islam in Central Asia, and consider how the
religion can be best understood as an intertwining of diverse,
sometimes contradictory orientations. This is particularly true of
Islam in the post-Soviet Central Asian space, where there has been a
tremendous increase in different orientations, as Muslims have sought
to recover their tradition in the wake of Soviet official atheism.

Please note that seating for this event is available on a first come,
first served basis --no reservations required. Please call on the day
of the event to confirm. Please bring an identification card with a
photograph (e.g. driver's license, work ID, or university ID) as part
of the building's security procedures.

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