During the American Academy of Religion annual convention in Montreal, panelists Tariq Ramadan of Oxford University, Nilüfer Göle, of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and Robin Wright, the Washington Post
discuss key questions around the future of Islamic ideas and culture in a postmodern world.
Islamic thinkers and activists are facing the great social changes associated with modernity that other religious traditions have and are facing.
Cultural diaspora; the context of pluralism; the breakdown of traditional family and social patterns; changing cultural values including the shifting gender roles and sexual attitudes; and the intersection of political and spiritual ideas — all these are elements of modernity that have confronted all religious traditions.
Are the Islamic responses any different? Are they diverse and changing? Are there internal disputes as well as external pressures? And what is the future of Islamic ideas and culture in a postmodern world?
These and similar questions will be addressed by a distinguished panel of observers of the contemporary Islamic world, exploring the changing character of Islamic modernity in all of its geographic and cultural diversity.
In a world where religion plays so central a role in social, political, and economic events, as well as in the lives of communities and individuals, there is a critical need for ongoing reflection upon and understanding of religious traditions, issues, questions, and values. The American Academy of Religion’s mission is to promote such reflection through excellence in scholarship and teaching in the field of religion.
Nov 7, 2009American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting
Tariq Ramadan, University of Oxford
Nilüfer Göle, L’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
Robin Wright, United States Institute of Peace
Reza Aslan, University of California, Riverside, Presiding02:20:39