Lecture by Prof. Dr. Gudrun Krämer, director of the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies. The lecture is part of the lecture series "Konfigurationen des Säkularen: Einblicke in die kritische Säkularismusforschung", which was organised by Prof. Schirin Amir-Moazami and takes place Thursdays at 6pm during the summer semester 2017.
In their attempt to attract broad popular support, prominent Islamist activists and intellectuals in the Arab world have propagated what they call ʿa civil state with religious references (dawla madaniyya bi-marjaʿiyya diniyya),ʾ suggesting that this state should be governed by civil, or civic forces rather than by religious scholars and military officers, and that governance should be informed by ʿreligious references.ʾ I will use this demand to reflect on understandings of the religious and the secular in contemporary Sunni Arab Islam and beyond that, to look into articulations of secularity in pre-modern Islamic thought and Muslim practice. My aim is to critique both the assumption that Islam is of necessity ʿreligion and state,ʾ and that a differentiation between religious and secular fields and concerns is (solely) a result of modernity in general, and the emergence of the modern nation state in particular.
Jul 06, 2017 | 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Freie Universität Berlin
Hörsaal 2, Silberlaube
Habelschwerdter Allee 45