W098
Islam within and across religiously diverse communities: case studies from Muslims in the Balkans and Europe

Convenors:
Mentor Mustafa (Boston University)
BoĊĦtjan Kravanja (University of Ljubljana)
Location:
325
Start time:
28 August, 2008 at 14:00
Session slots:
4

Short abstract:

The focus is diversity and mutuality within Islam, how Muslim communities in different settings incorporate mutuality into their discourses, and how Islamic communities in religiously diverse contexts experience diversity and mutuality across religious and secular lines

Long abstract:

This workshop brings together ethnographic accounts on the experience of diversity by Islamic communities in the Balkans (namely Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Croatia) and other European settings (namely Austria, Poland, Germany, Norway, and Finland). The accounts under study represent an array of settings where Muslim communities find themselves immersed in an ongoing discourse of diversity and mutuality, be it in their religious understandings and ritual practice, in their ways of life or in their ways of socio-political participation. The experience with the "other" and "othering" necessitates a heuristic commitment to the interplay between diversity and mutuality in socio-cultural processes. How are the communities considered here coping with their particular situations in regards to power relations within, in some cases, diverse Islamic communities, as well as with non-Muslim ones? What are the processes at play that make possible the balance between mutuality and preserving the boundaries of diversity that each community depends on for self-recognition as well as imagination and recognition by others as different? What are the different ways of identifying within particular communities? How are the processes of establishing mutuality between and within various Islamic groups influenced across religious, secular, ethnic, political, transnational and other lines? These are some of the questions and organizing themes that concern Islam within and across religiously diverse communities in the Balkans and elsewhere in Europe