Workshop Bochum, May 2018 – THE PROPHET AND THE MODERN STATE


ANR/DFG Workshop,

Ruhr University Bochum, 17-18 May 2018

Venue: Centrum für Religionswissenschaftliche Studien (CERES)

The Prophet and the Modern State

Since the emergence of the early Muslim empires, the image of the Prophet Muḥammad as a successful and divinely guided war leader and statesman became a model inspiring many Muslim communities of different times and regions in their manifold and often rivalling political projects, whether in imamates, caliphates sultanates, or in the different forms of tribal or communal confederation. More recently, the aura of the Prophet was also evoked by them for the establishment of modern nation states with their monopoly of legitimate violence, their political and bureaucratic structure, their legal and economic system, and especially for their ethical and ideological legitimation. Time and again, the Prophetic model has also been instrumental for the self-empowerment of Muslim individuals and communities in their resistance against foreign powers and, later, against their own governments, justifying an opposition that often included militant action and even terrorism. The political dimensions of the claim to Prophetic legitimacy for Muslim statehood in the 20thand 21th century, after the disempowerment of the larger Muslim states and empires and the ensuing experience of European hegemony, still need to be fully worked out within a comparative framework of study. [read more]



Thursday, 17 May 2018

9:00-9:30 Welcoming Coffee and Opening of the Workshop

Session I: The Prophet and Political Legitimation

9.30-10.00 Florian Zemmin: The Modern Prophet: Rashīd Riḍā’s Construction of Muhammad as Religious and Social Reformer

10.00-10.30 Renaud Soler: Did Muhammad found a Prophetic State? Egyptian Responses in the Inter-War Period

10.30-11.00 Discussion

11.00-11.15 Coffee Break

11.15-11.45 Alfred Bustanov: Translating Ḥadīth in the Language of Soviet Ideology

11.45-12.15 David Jordan: The Prophet in the Discourse of the Iraqi Baʿth Party, 1943-2003: From Ideal Revolutionary to Intercessor before God

12.15-13.15 Discussion

13.15-14.45 Lunch Break

14.45-15.15 Rachida Chih: Following the Way of Muhammad (al-Minhâj al-nabawī): Prophetic Authority and Politics in Contemporary Morocco

Session II: The Prophet in Public Institutions and Structures

15.15-15.45 Noah Salomon: “The People of Sudan Love you, Oh Messenger of God”: Prophecy and Politics in Pre-Partition Sudan

15.45-16.00 Coffee Break

16.00-16.30 Dilek Sarmis: Place and Function of the Prophetic Figure in Turkish Textbooks and School Education: Between Model and Legitimation

16.30-17.00 Discussion

Friday, 18 May 2018

9.00-9.30 Fritz Schulze: The Prophet Muḥammad: His Symbolic and Political Dimension in Public Ceremonies in Indonesia

9.30-10.00 Jamal Malik: The Prophet, Law, and Constitution in Pakistani Society

10.00-10.30 Discussion

10.30-10.45 Coffee Break

Session III: The Prophet and Social Mobilization and Empowerment

10.45-11.15 Jan-Peter Hartung: Muḥammad, the Warrior – On the Prophetic Image during the Afghan Resistance, 1979-1995

11.15-11.45 Alix Philippon: The Mobilization and Radicalization of the Barelwi Movement in Pakistan

11.45-12.15 Discussion

13.45-14.15 Sana Chavoshian: In the Aura of the Prophet: Dream-Images and Tropes of Connectedness in Iranian Women Pious Circles

14.15-15.45 Rüdiger Lohlker: al-Nabī al-dawlawī: The IS and its Prophet

15.45-16.15 Coffee Break

16.15-17.15 Final Discussion and Conclusion