Event: Thursday, 10/2
"Saudi Islamic Universities and their Exclusive Salafi Networks"
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Presenter: Emily Goshey (REL)
Paper title: Saudi Islamic Universities and their Exclusive Salafi Networks
Discussant: Michael Cook (NES)
A light lunch will be served
As global Salafi networks have grown over the past several decades, scholars have demonstrated increasing interest in their history and their structure. Nevertheless, there is an unfortunate dearth of information available regarding a core element of these networks: the system of academic scholarships that, starting in 1961, has allowed thousands of foreign Muslims to study in Saudi Islamic universities. This study attempts to identify some ways in which the networks that these scholarships have fostered shape international Salafi communities. The main conclusion is that by excluding foreign men as well as both Saudi and foreign women from full participation in this process of exchange, Saudi ᶜulamā’ reinforce their positions of authority. Only by attaching himself to one of these Saudi scholars could a foreign Muslim become a leader of sorts, while this route is not available to women at all.
The Princeton Islamic Studies Colloquium is a forum for discussion and peer review of graduate students' research projects and guest scholars' works-in-progress in the field of Islamic Studies. The Islamic Studies Colloquium formed in the spring of 2009 with the hope of encouraging an interdepartmental discussion and circulation of ideas among graduate students and professors with an interest in Islamic Studies.
The colloquium meets once or twice a month over lunch to discuss a pre-circulated paper, and all attendees are expected to have read and reflected on the paper beforehand. A discussant initiates the conversation with a summary of the work in progress' main argument, taking care to identify what the piece contributes to current scholarship as well as the potential for further development. Following the author's response, a moderator conducts an hour of mediated discussion. The forum is led and organized by graduate students.
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