Da’wah – propagation and strengthening of the Islamic faith – has developed at an unprecedented scale and appears in various new forms all over the Muslim world, including Southeast Asia. The global public has been tracing developments of Muslim da’wah movements with growing interest. However, in this field there is a lack of comprehensive research, particularly with regard to the diverse expressions of da’wah in Southeast Asia. This panel proposes to bring together scholars interested in various recent and contemporary forms of da’wah (dakwah in Indonesian) in different countries of this region. It will study the diversity of forms (lectures, literature, comics, songs and other art forms, popular culture, intellectual discussions, community development projects,…), ideologies, social environments, and organizational structures one observes.
We are especially interested in theoretically informed and empirically grounded papers that address social and political aspects, state involvement, and transnational connections, or their absence, of da’wah movements. Furthermore, we invite papers that explore the complex meanings of da’wah in the context of globalization and increasing mobility. Another aspect worth addressing is the influence religious authorities are exerting within da’wah movements.
Please send abstracts to the panel convenors no later than 30th November 2012.
Prof. Monika Arnez
Asien-Afrika-Institut, Abt. für Sprachen und Kulturen Südostasiens, Austronesistik, Universität Hamburg
Phone: 040 42838 2104
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