The objectives of the symposium are: to evaluate Ramadan as a modern social practice flourishing through the experiences of different cultures; to portray how Ramadan works as a social network; to make a critical analysis of the ways in which Ramadan is being Orientalized through its historicization and exclusion from daily life; to comparatively explore the experience of fasting with the practices in different religions; to examine the visual, auditory and textual representations of Ramadan as a scientific phenomenon from the perspectives of different disciplines; to study the political, psychological, and spiritual impacts of Ramadan on different social classes and groups; to question Ramadanís effect on identity formation of individuals; to distinguish constants and variables by means of comparing the Ramadan experiences of traditional and modern Islamic communities; and to compare the perspectives of different disciplines on the meanings of fasting.
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