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"Recentering the Islamic World: Perspectives from Java"

April 30, 2022
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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"Recentering the Islamic World:

Perspectives from Java"

Online Workshop

Co-Sponsored by the American Academy for Religion; the Department of Religion; the Institute for Relgion, Culture, and Public Life; the Middle East Institute; and the South Asia Institute

Although the Javanese are the dominant ethnic and linguistic group of Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim majority nation, the Javanese have long had a position of marginality in Islamic Studies. This workshop seeks to recenter the field of IslamicStudies by bringing our Javanese source materials in conversation with central questionsin the wider field. Java is not only part of the Islamic world, but Javanese case studies can,and indeed should, be drawn on in comparative perspective to shed light on globalconceptual problems and historical questions.

Schedule  (Eastern Daylight Time)

9:00 am Opening Remarks

9:15 am Yumi Sugahara (Osaka University)

Changes of the Tale of Hell in Nineteenth-Century Java

10:00 am Bernard Arps (Leiden University)

What Became of Java’s Islam of Quest?

10:45 am Break

11:15 am Verena Meyer (Columbia University)

Thinking of Temporality and Memory in Islamic Java

12:00 pm Tony Day (Independent Scholar, Graz)

Good Manners on the Road —

Sufi Etiquette (ādāb) in the Sěrat Cěnthini

12:45 pm Concluding Discussion

Discussants: Ronit Ricci (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Nancy Florida (University of Michigan), Katherine Ewing (Columbia University), Brinkley Messick (Columbia University)