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Gender and Religious Agency in the Muslim World

A cooperation between the ZMO Berlin and the Freigeist research group "The Populism of the Precarious" at the Free University Berlin.


Conference Program


Friday, 14 June 

09:00–09:15 – Welcome and Introduction: Maria-Magdalena Pruss, ZMO

09:15–10:45 – Religious Authority and the Transmission of Knowledge (Part I)
(discussant: Sarah Holz, Humboldt University Berlin)

Diliara Brileva, ZMO: “Millät, din and husbands: Female Islamic theology in Tatar printed media in late imperial Russia”
Philipp Bruckmayr, University of Freiburg: “Female religious authority in Malaysia: Agency and controversy (1920s-2020s)”

10:45–11:00 Coffee Break

11:00–12:30 – Religious Authority and the Transmission of Knowledge (Part II) (discussant: Maria-Magdalena Pruss, ZMO)

Daniel Morgan, Santa Clara University: “Female agency and Islamic reform in eighteenth-century North India”
Mashal Saif, Clemson University: “Shi‘a ‘Aalimat in contemporary Pakistan: Reinforcing and reconfiguring gender roles and remaking a historically male clerical tradition”

12:30–13:30 Lunch

13:30–15:00 – Ethics and Virtues (Part I) (discussant: Diliara Brileva, ZMO)

Johanna Pink, University of Freiburg: “Gender, agency and authority in Qur’an translation: Invisible women, pious women, rebellious women”
Elvira Kulieva, University of Freiburg: ‘Quenched the thirst of seventy million’: Sumayya ʿAfīfī – an Egyptian Qur’an translator for post-Soviet readers”

15:00–15:15 Coffee Break

15:15–17:30 – Ethics and Virtues (Part II) (discussant: Jürgen Schaflechner, FU Berlin)

Rebecca Makas, Villanova University: “The unexceptional mystic: Sufi women and the value of the domestic”
Leila Almazova, ZMO: “Women’s agency in the revival of Muslim education, Sufi practices, and healing in Tatarstan: Faniya Zalyalieva and her educational center ‘Faniyabika’”


Saturday, 15 June

9:30–11:00 – Aspirations and “the Good Life” (Part I) (discussant: Kai Kresse, ZMO)

Wikke Jansen, Heidelberg University: “Queer theology as ambiguous debate: Gender and sexual diversity in Indonesian Islam”
Erin Kelso, Free University Berlin: “Transforming transgender lives: Ambiguous agency in Pakistan’s first Eunuch church project”

11:00–11:15 Coffee Break

11:15–12:45 – Aspirations and “the Good Life” (Part II) (discussant: Samuli Schielke, ZMO)

Iman Dawood, University of Cambridge: “The unmaking of a Salafi woman: Gender, agency, and religious disaffiliation”
Malika Abdulbakieva, Ala-Too University: “Eyebrow bleaching, eyelash lamination and modest fashion: Islamic revivalism and Muslim female entrepreneurship in Kyrgyzstan”

13:00–14:00 Lunch

14:00–15:30 – Mediatization and the Public-Private Divide (Part I) (discussant: Aksana Ismailbekova, ZMO)

Merve Kütük-Kuriş, Boğaziçi University: “Rethinking piety and the question of coherence from a Ricoeurian lens: The case of Muslim fashionistas in Turkey”
Shahnoza Nozimova, University of Oxford & Tim Epkenhans, University of Freiburg: “Society, gender, and generation: Changing vernaculars and social imaginaries in Central Asia’s Islamic social mediascapes”

15:30–15:45 Coffee Break

15:45–17:15 – Mediatization and the Public-Private Divide (Part II) (discussant: Sana Chavoshian, ZMO)

Afiya Zia, Wesleyan University, US: “The limits of piety in Pakistan”
Feyza Burak-Adli, "Female Sufi Piety, Moral Exemplarity, and Islamic Feminist 'Counter-public' in Turkey: The Case of Shaykha Cemalnur Sargut of Rifai Order”

Final comments: Aksana Ismailbekova, ZMO



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