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Circuits and Networks: Muslim Interactions in the First Age of Globalization

Day 2 of a two-day conference examining the role of transnational Islam and new technologies on the circulation of ideas in the globalized world order.

Friday, February 26, 2010
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Kerckhoff Grand Salon
Los Angeles, CA 90095

In recent years, academics and policy-makers have focused much attention on the phenomenon of transnational Islam, particularly the role of new technologies and media on the circulation of ideas in the globalized world order. It is easy to forget that this is hardly the first age of globalization, nor is it the first age in which new technologies and media have facilitated the circulation of ideas. This conference will bring together scholars whose work focuses not only on Islam in one or another region, but on the impact of telegraphy and steamships, print and the emergence of a modern public sphere, new conceptions and constructions of global and urban space, and shifting patterns and unprecedented levels of trade, travel, and migration of Islam and Islamic communities worldwide during the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

10:30 Panel 4: Cosmopolitanism & Community
Chair: Ann Lucas, UCLA
• Scott Reese, Northern Arizona University
Loyal Servant, Pious Muslim—The Creation of Community and Muslim Religious Discourse in early 20th century Aden
• Amal Ghazal, Dalhousie University
The Making of a pan-Islamic Cosmopolitan: Suleyman al-Baruni in Salafi Networks

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch Break

1:30 Panel 5: Subjectivities & Sociabilities
Chair: Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, New York University
• Jens Hansen, University of Toronto at Mississauga
Nasif’s Network: al-Yaziji and the emergence of an Arab ‘oecumunity’ of discourse
• Jeremy Prestholdt, UCSD
Translating Zanzibar: Notes on Global Consciousness in an Age of Empire

3:00 Close of Conference




Cost : Free and open to the public.

Amy Bruinooge, Center for Near Eastern Studies
(310) 825-1455
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