PROFESSOR BANU GÖKARIKSEL
This course will trace the geographical production of Muslim subjects through transnational flows, networks and imaginaries. Rather than approaching “Islam” or Muslims as fixed in time and space, we will develop a perspective on Muslim societies and subjects as dynamic. Our study will take a wide variety of geographical and historical contexts, including the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, Europe and North America. Our discussions will focus on a series of comparative case studies, such as the Maghrebi population and banlieus in France; mosque debates in Britain, Germany, and the US; new Muslim women’s lifestyle magazines in the US, Canada, the UK, and Indonesia; Indonesian migrant workers and South Asian entrepreneurs in the Middle East; hiphop and punk music of Palestinians, Turkish-Germans, and US Muslims; and the political connections between uprisings in the Middle East and in Europe and the Americas. These case studies will provide in-depth knowledge for effective analysis and understanding of similarities, differences and connections within and between these different contexts.