Ideas of movement, faith, and home in Muslim communities in the diaspora 
Marzia Balzani (New York University, Abu Dhabi)
Leonardo Schiocchet (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
Moving bodies: Shamanism, Spiritualism and Reliogiosity/Corps mouvants: Shamanisme, spiritisme et religiosité
TBT 319
Start time:
3 May, 2017 at 14:00 (UTC+0)
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Short Abstract:

How do Muslims incorporate complex histories of travel and dislocation into practices reestablishing everyday life in new locations? How are experiences of migration understood in relation to faith and traveling theories even when this is a fraught process for those making new homes far from home?

Long Abstract:

Places left behind, whether as sites of exclusion and exile or because they can no longer offer viable futures for those who dwell there, often invoke ideas of home as refuge, of center and origin, even as one moves further away from them both geographically and across time. This panel considers how Muslims in the diaspora incorporate diverse and complex histories of travel, displacement and dislocation into practices that reestablish home and reinvent everyday life in new locations. In particular, we seek to understand how experiences of migration, both forced and otherwise, are understood in relation to faith and 'traveling theories' serving to order and shape experience, even when this is a fraught and contested process for those who are compelled to make a new home far from home. How do ideas of places of origin, however imagined or reinvented in new contexts, interact with the locations to which Muslims journey and in which they establish their lives, to create identities that may often be conceptualized as unchanging in spite of altered circumstances? What happens to notions of a place of origin not only to first but also to second or third generation Muslims born in the diaspora? What can 'going home' to somewhere conceptualized as a place of origin mean for one who has never been there before? How is faith mobilized and enacted across borders, and how might faith inform conceptualisations of time, space and movement beyond the mundane?

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