Wednesday Forums Archive

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Thursday, February 13th, 2020
Becoming the Lady Imam: Muslim Women’s Spiritual Movements in the Past 25 Years
Becoming the Lady Imam: Muslim Women’s Spiritual Movements in the Past 25 Years
This talk will discuss the efforts by Muslim women and gender non-binary to establish inclusive sacred spaces such as Mosque in a Box, using the word Perempuan with the word Mosque in Cirebon, and online Salat-ul-Jum’ah services. It will also explore women efforts to claim authority in...
Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
The Tragic as a Theological Challenge
The Tragic as a Theological Challenge
Wednesday Forum – Feb 12, 2020 The notion of the tragic stems from Greek philosophy and theater. In theology, it often became rejected because it seems to be in tension with God’s providence. On the other hand, the notion of the tragic is used by Jews, Christians, and Muslims to...
Thursday, November 7th, 2019
Learning to Love Islam: A Seminary President’s Journey
Learning to Love Islam: A Seminary President’s Journey
Can a Christian love Islam? Should Christians not be wary of such an idea? In this talk, President of Hartford Seminary Joel Lohr shares some of his journey in relation to interreligious dialogue, beginning with Judaism and then Islam. Using stories and examples from his life, as well as...
Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
The Historical Roots of Vigilantism in Indonesia
The Historical Roots of Vigilantism in Indonesia
Vigilantism, mostly based on religious identities, has emerged as an important feature of Indonesian politics in the last two decades. Studies have extensively discussed its complexity, focusing on the connection of vigilante groups with the rise of identity politics and the threats these...
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
Mapping Intolerance in the Royal Cities
Mapping Intolerance in the Royal Cities
Wednesday Forum – 23 October 2019 Within the ‘royal cities’ of Yogyakarta and Solo, Islamist acts of intolerance in the post-Suharto era have taken multiple forms, underpinned by various motives ranging from ideological and instrumental, to symbolic. This talk will unpick the...
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
Radical and Terrorist Muslims in Secular Europe, 1990-2019
Radical and Terrorist Muslims in Secular Europe, 1990-2019
Wednesday Forum – 16 October 2019 The fast growing population of migrant workers in Europe became only known as a Muslim identity group after the Rushdie Affair of 1990. Through spectacular terrorist actions they became often the emblem of their religion. This talk will present their image...
Monday, October 7th, 2019
The (Re-)Emergence of Buddhism: Inter-Asia Buddhist Connection in Late Colonial Indonesia
The (Re-)Emergence of Buddhism: Inter-Asia Buddhist Connection in Late Colonial Indonesia
Along with the Western/European Buddhist activists and intellectuals that influenced Peranakan Chinese Buddhist society, Indonesian Buddhists also developed partnerships and productive connections with other Asian Buddhists. In the process, the connection between Asian Buddhists...
Monday, September 30th, 2019
How does a displaced religion sound like?
How does a displaced religion sound like?
Wednesday Forum – 2 Oct 2019 Sound has been a neglected aspect in the study of Asian religions. However, for diasporic communities, sonic dimensions of religious expression have a crucial role in claiming space, performing identity, and creating a sense of belonging. Participatory singing,...
Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
Iran's Arduous Journey: After 40 Years of The Islamic Revolution
Iran's Arduous Journey: After 40 Years of The Islamic Revolution
The Islamic Revolution of Iran marks its 40th anniversary this year since the popular movement led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini succeeded in dethroning the Western-backed Shahanshah (King of Kings) Mohamed Reza Pahlevi. Since then, the Iranian nation and government have been embarking on a...
Tuesday, September 17th, 2019
Neo-Liberalism and the New Muslim Self in Egypt
Neo-Liberalism and the New Muslim Self in Egypt
This talk focuses on the growing body of self-help literature in Egypt, exploring its relationship to global capitalism and culture. Informed by modern insights into the self and its formation, the genre blurs the boundary between psychology and religion, valorizing self-exploration and...