Ways of Knowing Muslim Cultures and Societies

Studies in Honour of Gudrun Krämer


This volume showcases a variety of innovative approaches to the study of Muslim societies and cultures, inspired by and honouring Gudrun Krämer and her role in transforming the landscape of Islamic Studies. With contributions from scholars from around the world, the articles cover an extraordinarily wide geographical scope across a broad timeline, with transdisciplinary perspectives and a historically informed focus on contemporary phenomena. The wide-ranging subjects covered include among others a “men in headscarves” campaign in Iran, an Islamic call-in radio programme in Mombassa, a refugee-related court case in Germany, the Arab revolutions and aftermath from various theoretical perspectives, Ottoman family photos, Qurʾān translation in South Asia, and words that can’t be read.

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Bettina Gräf, PhD (2009), Freie Universität Berlin, is lecturer for Islamic Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich. She has published on topics related to Arab Media and Cultural Studies, including Medien-Fawas@Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Die Popularisierung des Islamischen Rechts (2010).

Birgit Krawietz, PhD (1990), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, is Professor of Islamic Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. She has published on Islamic medical ethics, legal theory and sports in the Islamic world. Her overall research interests are normative Islam and cultural history.

Schirin Amir-Moazami, PhD (2004) European University Institute, Florence in Social and Political Sciences, is Professor for Islam in Europe at the Institute of Islamic Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. She has published on topics related to political secularism, governmentality and body politics in the field of Islam and Muslims in Europe. Her most recent edited volume Der inspizierte Muslim. Zur Politisierung der Islamforschung (2018) deals with the politics of knowledge production on Islam in Europe.
Preface of the Editors
Dale F. Eickelman: The Underneath of Academic Life: Gudrun Krämer and Islamic Studies Today

1) Islamic Studies Inside Out
Alexander Knysh: Between Europe and Asia: Arabic and Islamic Studies in Imperial Russia
Reinhard Schulze: Kairo 1869 – Eine historische Collage

2) Empires, Corporations, and Nations
Ahmed Ibrahim Abushouk: Muḥammad Rashīd Riḍā’s Reformist Project to Establish a True Caliphate: Prospects and Challenges
Johann Büssow and Astrid Meier: Ottoman Corporatism, Eighteenth to Twentieth Centuries: Beyond the State-Society Paradigm in Middle Eastern History
Elke Hartmann: Family Portraits: Visual Sources for a Social History of the Late Ottoman Empire
M. Sait Özervalı: The Position of Philosophy in the Late Ottoman Educational Reforms

3) Islam, Ethics, and Languages
Mutaz al Khatib: The Emerging Field of Ethics in the Context of Modern Egypt
Abdou Filali-Ansary: Pratique religieuse et comportement moral
Abdulkader Tayob: Religion as Discourse: Conversion and Commitment to Jihād in South Africa

4) Media Perspectives and Material Approaches
Alina Kokoschka: Reading between the Lines: Arabic Script, Islamic Calligraphy, and the Question of Legibility
Muhammad Qasim Zaman: Shāh Walī Allāh of Delhi, his Successors, and the Qurʾān
Bettina Gräf: From the Pocket Book to Facebook: Maktabat Wahba, Publishing, and Political Ideas in Cairo since the 1940s
Kai Kresse: Dimensions of “Giving Voice”: Discursive Agency and Intellectual Practice on Swahili Islamic Radio, in Mombasa 2005-2006

5) The Politics of Body and Gender
Birgit Krawietz: On Coming to Grips with Turkish Oil Wrestling: Conceptualising Muscular Islam and Islamic Martial Arts
Katajun Amirpur: #ItsMensTurn: Of Hashtags and Shīʿī Discourses in Iran
Bettina Dennerlein: Contested Genderscapes: Islamic Languages of Women’s Rights in the Arab Region

6) Dominant Minorities and Dominant Majorities
Hamit Bozarslan: Domination, Resilience, and Power: Religious Minorities in the Imperial and Post-Imperial Middle East
Dorothea Schulz: Carving Out a Space for Equal Political Citizenship? Muslim Politics of Remembrance in Uganda

7) Arab Revolutions and Their Impact on Research about the Middle East
Muriel Asseburg: Understanding Transformation, Elite Change, and New Social Mobilisation in the Arab World: An Actor-Centred and Policy-Oriented Research Project
Cilja Harders: Understanding Politics in Egypt “From Below”

8) Muslims Inside Out
Schirin Amir-Moazami: Recognition and Its Traps in Liberal Secular Conditions: The Case of Muslims in Europe
Ruth Mas: The Refugee and the Dog
All interested in the current state of Islamic Studies and studies related to the tradition of Islam from the 18th to the 21nd century from various disciplines in different local settings in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
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