Conference on Minorities in Islam/Muslims as Minorities

Annenburg Forum, Carswell Hall

Wake Forest University

October 18-20, 2012

Conference Program(pdf)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

7:00 pm
Pre-Conference Event: Cedars in the Pines: The Lebanese in North Carolina, with post-film discussion with Akram Khater, North Carolina State University.  Annenberg Forum, 7pm. Co-sponsored by the American Ethnic Studies interdisciplinary minor.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

7:00-8:30pm Keynote address:”‘They be crushing me for years now’: Atlantic Muslims and subaltern Islam,” Peter Mandaville, George Mason University

Friday, October 19, 2012

9:00-9:15am Welcoming remarks
9:15-10:30am Panel I. Medieval and the Medieval in the Modern

Chair: Michaelle Browers, Wake Forest University

Respondent: Charles Wilkins, Wake Forest University
  • Mark S. Wagner, Louisiana State University, “Hukm bi-ma anzala llah: The Forgotten Prehistory of an Islamist Slogan”         
  • Russell Hopley, Bowdoin College, “Muslim and Non-Muslim Religious Minorities in the Medieval Mediterranean: The Case of Sicily and al-Andalus”
  • Nathan Spannaus, McGill University, “Formalism, Puritanicalism, Traditionalism: Approaches to Islamic Legal Theory in the 19th Century Russian Empire”
10:30-10:45am Coffee break
10:45am-12:15pm Panel II. New Islamic Legal and Political Thought on Non-Muslims and Muslim Minorities
  Chair: Annalise Glauz-Todrank, Wake Forest University
Respondent: Peter Mandaville, George Mason University 
  • David Warren, University of Manchester, “An Islamic Citizenship across both Europe and the MENA? The Approach of Yusuf al-Qaradawi and the School of the Middle Way”
  • Uriya Shavit, Tel Aviv University, “The Wasati and Salafi Approaches to Religious Law of Muslim Minorities”
  • Rola el-Husseini, Texas A & M University, “The Islamic State in Contemporary Lebanese Shi‘i Thought”
12:15-1:45pm Break for Lunch

Wake Forest’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, LGBTQ Center, and Chaplain’s Office will be sponsoring WFU students to take conference participants to lunch. Presenters and students interested in this opportunity should contact the conference organizers no later than one week prior to the conference.

1:45-3:00pm Panel III. Minorities and the Ottoman State
  Chair: Penny Sinanoglou, Wake Forest University
Respondent: Konstantinos Gogos, University of Athens
  • Eugenia Kermeli, Bilkent University, “Shopping for Justice in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire”
  • Charles Wilkins, Wake Forest University, “Aspects of Integration and Segregation among the Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Communities of 17th Century Ottoman Aleppo”
3:00-3:15pm Coffee Break
3:15-4:45pm Panel IV. Narratives, Memories, and Imaginaries among Muslim Americans
  Chair: Sherri Lawson Clark, Wake Forest University
Respondent: Vida Bajc, Methodist University
  • Loren D. Lybarger, Ohio University, “The Contingency of the Religious Return among Palestinians in Chicago”
  • Zaid Adhami, Duke University, “Sunni Islam and Black Religion: Collective Memory and Truth Narratives in W.D. Muhammad’s Theological Imaginary”
  • Michelle Byng, Temple University, “Traveling Home: How Transnational Second-Generation Muslim Americans Understand Identity and Place”
5:00-6:30pm Keynote address: “Emerging Practical Jurisprudence in the Muslim Diaspora: Notes from Britain,” John Bowen, Washington University in St. Louis
7:00pm Dinner (for conference participants only)

Saturday, October 20, 2012


9:00-10:30am Panel V. Muslim Minorities in Europe
  Chair: Nelly van Doorn Harder, Wake Forest Universityy
Respondent: John Bowen, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Kim Lecoyer, Ghent University, “A Case Study on Muslim Minorities Living in Belgium: Non-State Family Law Practices and Minority fiqh
  • Konstantinos Gogos, University of Athens, “The Politics of Turkish Islamic Organizations in Germany: The Case of the ‘Milli Görüş’ (National Vision) Organization”    
10:30-10:45am Coffee break
10:45am-12:30pm Panel VI. Inclusion and Authority in Cases on the African Continent and Beyond
  Chair: Simeon Ilesanmi, Wake Forest University
Respondent 1:Yomi Durotoye, Wake Forest University
Respondent 2: Loren D. Lybarger, Ohio University
  • Dereje Feyissa, Addis Ababa University and Bruce Lawrence, Duke University, “Renegotiating Marginality: The Identity Politics of Muslims in Contemporary Ethiopia”
  • Raimonda Iškauskaitė, Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University, “Challenges of Islamic Revivalism to Multi–Confessional Federal States: Malaysian and Nigerian Cases”
  • Mara Leichtman, Michigan State University, “Conversion to Shi‘i Islam and the Transformation of Religious Authority in Senegal”
  • Allen Fromherz, Georgia State University, “Between Arab and Berber Springs: An Ethnic Minority’s Dilemma”
12:30-1:45pm Catered Group Lunch and Discussion of Publication Plans (for conference participants only)

Panel VII. Mediating Institutions and Strategies of Negotiating Identities in South Asia


Chair: Jarrod Whitaker, Wake Forest University

Respondent1: Neil DeVotta, Wake Forest University
Respondent 2: Hank Kennedy, Wake Forest University

  • Raisur Rahman, Wake Forest University, “Beyond Numbers: Muslims and their Role in the Shaping of Culture in Colonial India”
  • Noor Zaidi, University of Pennsylvania, “‘A Blessing on Our People’: Bibi Pak Daman and the Construction of the Nationalized Sacred”
  • Sandya Hewamanne, Wake Forest University, “Complicated Belonging:  Gendered Empowerment and Anxieties about ‘Returning’ among Internally Displaced Muslim Women in Puttalam, Sri Lanka”
3:30-3:45pm Coffee break
3:45-5:30pm Panel VIII. Community, Ethnicity and Class: Muslim Minorities in China and Indonesia

Chair: Michaelle Browers, Wake Forest University

Respondent 1: Wei-Chin Lee, Wake Forest University
Respondent 2: Nelly van Doorn Harder, Wake Forest University

  • Mettursun Beydulla, Harvard University, “Language, Identity, Islam, and Community among Uyghurs in China”
  • Tristan Brown, Columbia University, “Imagining Consumers: Sino-Muslim Minority Print Capitalism, Ethnic Advertising and the Rise of Class-Ethnicities in Early Twentieth Century China (1906-1949)”
  • Chiara Formichi, City University of Hong Kong, “Muslim Minorities in ‘Plural’ Asia: A Comparative Assessment of Indonesian Shi‘a and Hong Kong Muslims”
  • Ahmad Najib Burhani, University of California-Santa Barbara, “Treating Minorities with Fatwas: A Study of the Ahmadiyya Community in Indonesia”