An NEH Summer Institute ~ June 12 to July 7, 2017 ~ Honolulu, Hawaii ~ Hosted by the Asian Studies Development Program
Week Three: Transmitting Authenticity and Authority: Islamic Education
The third week will open with two sessions by Ronit Ricci (Australia
National University). The first, on Monday morning will explore the dynamics of
conversion and the emergence of an Arabic “cosmopolis” in the Southeast Asian imaginaire.
This will be followed by a guided tour of the Islamic art collection at the
Honolulu Museum of Art. Ricci’s second session, on Tuesday morning, will make
use of a range of primary texts in translation to discuss the literary worlds
of Southeast Asian Islam. On Wednesday morning, Patricio Abinales (University
of Hawaii) will pick up the theme of interreligious living with special
attention to the dynamics of interreligious conflict in the Philippines.
Attention will then shift from Southeast to South Asia for two sessions by
Ebrahim Moosa (Norte Dame) on Thursday. In the morning, Moosa will reflect on
the transmission of Islamic teaching and values, particularly the role of the
Qur’an schools or madrasas in South Asia. In the afternoon, he will examine
the evolution of religious authority in Muslim Asia and competing views therein
of the role of education in Muslim life. To close the week, Asma Afsaruddin
(Indiana University) will explore the topic of religious plurality by turning
to teachings on diversity found in the Qur’an, setting the stage for the final
week focus on contestations of faith.
Dagger with Hilt in the Form of a Blue Bull (Nilgai), ca. 1640, India (Photo credit: www. metmuseum.org)
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