IPP Workshop Series: Ethnographic Perspectives on (Ir-)religiosity and violence in Egypt (Mina Ibrahim)
Nov 19, 2019
from 02:00 to 04:00
|Where||Phil I, Building B, R.025|
|Contact Name||David E. Susa|
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This workshop will address the relationship between (ir-)religiosity and violence in the Middle East. While many academic and non-academic writings have extensively described how religious ideologies produce violence, we will attempt to reverse the equation. The purpose is to open up a conversation about how ethnographic narratives can shed light on everyday constructions of, shifts in and contestations over what constitutes religion and religious practice.
Based on people’s firsthand experiences and stories, the workshop will primarily seek to address individuals’ (ir-)religiosity in the contexts of current (latent) violence. While keeping an eye on similar historical upheavals, we will be concerned with the promising 2011 uprisings and their violent breakdown in 2013 and 2014. In this regard, we will investigate the top-down imposed schools of theology or religiosity that are sponsored and protected by killing machines. We will address how and why massacres committed not only by state actors but also by non-state groups produce different everyday relationships and interactions with the devout and other (non-)believers. We will discuss the means by which people choose, negotiate and abandon (ir-)religious subjectivities, sensibilities, and attitudes amid everyday encounters of violence.
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