P159
Rethinking Islam and Islamic militancy in contemporary Africa
Convenors:
Rüdiger Seesemann (University of Bayreuth)
Benjamin Soares (University of Florida)
Roman Loimeier (University of Göttingen)
Chair:
Benjamin Soares, Rüdiger Seesemann, Roman Loimeier
Location:
C4.06
Start time:
28 June, 2013 at 10:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This panel considers how the practice of and thinking about Islam and Islamic militancy in contemporary Africa has been changing given recent transformations, increased global interconnections, and the spread of new media technologies.

Long abstract:

In recent years, political reforms and instability, economic liberalization, increased global interconnections, and the spread of new media technologies have all had a dramatic impact on Africa and on the practice of religion in particular. This panel will bring together panelists working in the social sciences and/or the humanities to discuss how the practice of Islam has been changing given frequently dramatic political, economic, and social transformations in Africa. The organizers are particularly interested in contributions about: how youths, women, and activists imagine and practice Islam, including within various militant movements; Muslims' changing modalities of religious expression; the educational, associational, organizational, and media forms they adopt and deploy; their transnational ties, affiliations, and aspirations; and the kinds of social and political agendas they seek to advance from the micropolitics of ethical self-fashioning and da'wa to Islamic militancy as ordinary Muslims, activists, and citizens in contemporary Africa.