Asian studies, History, Middle Eastern studies, Religious studies, Social science

Course date

5 July - 16 July, 2004
Application deadline:
15 February, 2004
Course Director(s): 

Aziz Al-Azmeh

Central European University, Humanities Center, Budapest, Hungary

Nadia al-Bagdadi

Central European University, History , Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Said Arjomand

State University of New York at Stony Brook, Sociology, New York, United States of America

Mushirul Hasan

Jamia Millia Islamica , Faculty of Humanities and Languages, History and Culture, New Delhi, India

Jacques Waardenburg

Lausanne University, Lausanne, Switzerland

Nasr Hamid Abu-Zayd

Leiden University, Faculty of Arts, Leiden, Netherlands
Islamic Reformism is the name normally given to modernist trends in Islamic thought and practice. The purpose of the course would be methodologically to invigorate and historically to enrich the study of Islamic Reformism in global and comparative perspective. Though the reformist current was paramount in Muslim societies, it has in recent years become marginalised. Under the influence of radical political movements, and out of wariness towards them, it has tended in many instances to deny its indebtedness to modernity.
The main aim of the school is to develop and enhance comparative and analytical aspects and will form an integral part of the summer school's orientation. Not least in light of more recent developments in Muslim and non-Muslim countries including the development of scholarship, it is felt necessary both to reconsider the origins of Islamic reformism proper, including its intra-regional and intra-national dimensions, and to rethink its general conceptual configuration.
Course specific application requirement
If available, applicants may like to send a copy of an article published in one of the major European languages or in Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Farsi or Turkish.