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Transnational and Global Religious Authority in the Muslim World

07/12/2020 @ 17:00 - 19:00

Part of a major online series exploring ‘Authority in the Globalised Muslim World’ and marking the 10th Anniversary of the Alwaleed Centre.

In the final panel of our autumn online series, we explore the ways in which Muslim religious authority functions across cultures and geographies.

Four leading scholars from Europe and the USA will engage with the topic of transnational and global religious authority before the floor is opened for questions and comments from our audience.

The panel will be delivered via Zoom with joining instructions available to all those who register via Eventbrite.

Full programme:

Chair: Elvire Corboz (Alwaleed Centre, University of Edinburgh)

Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen (University of Copenhagen)

‘Clericalism and anti-clericalism: Constituting the ulama as an object, in modern Arab states and publics – and in Western scholarship’

David Warren (Washington University in St. Louis)

‘Exporting Azhari Islam before the petrodollar age: Al-Azhar, the Wahhabi ulama of Najd and al-Ahsa, and the Azhari missionaries in the early / mid-twentieth century’

Gabrielle Angey-Sentuc (IRISSO/Université Paris Dauphine)

‘From a textual community to tears 2.0: Activating the deterritorialized “charismatic community” of the Gülen movement’

Simon Fuchs (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)

‘“We carry an inerasable image in our hearts”: What Sunni Islamists learned about religious authority from the Iranian Revolution’


The Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World (University of Edinburgh)
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