Islam in Asia:   Traditions and Transformation

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.