Does the Muslim World Exist? A Foray into Global History and Global International Relations
Professor Cemil Aydin, Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Professor Menderes Çınar, Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Başkent University, Ankara.
Professor Ayşe Zarakol, Professor of International Relations at the University of Cambridge, also Politics Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Dr Katerina Dalacoura, Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations, LSE.
Muslim-majority societies – similarly to all others - have had a contested relationship with history and continue to grapple with the ideas of ‘Islam’, ‘the Muslim world’ and ‘Islamic civilisation’. It has been argued that the latter are products of global intellectual trends and power relations in the nineteenth century and that their continuing potency derive from their being used by political actors (such as the AKP in Turkey) as ideological tools. The panel will investigate these claims by exploring the historical conditions and inter-connected global power structures which brought the idea of Islam into being.
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