"Why there is no ‘European Islam’: Contrasting contours of Islam in England and France"
- Date: Jun 24, 2010
- Time: 03:30 PM - 05:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
- Speaker: John R. Bowen (Washington University, St. Louis)
- John Bowen is the Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. He studies problems of pluralism, law, and religion, and in particular contemporary efforts to rethink Islamic norms and law in Asia, Europe, and North America.
- Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
- Room: Library Hall
For more details please contact vdvoffice(at)mmg.mpg.de.
The presentation considers contrasting histories of migration, church-state relations, and political philosophy to account for the sharp divergences in Muslim experiences in England and France (with a passing nod to the United States).
A focus of the talk will be the possibilities afforded in England for Muslims to construct ‘shari’a councils’, paralegal mediation or arbitration bodies dealing with family law and increasingly commercial disputes, and the contrasting styles of
Islamic normative reasoning in the two countries.