Scholarship on secularism in the Middle East and South Asia has been radically transformed in the last decade, and continues to be one of the most innovative and creative, as well as challenging, areas of inquiry. This one-day workshop, a Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative (MISI) event, will bring together some of the formative theorists of secularism from a variety of disciplines (political science, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, history) to enable dialogue with them about their existing scholarship and to hear about where their research is headed.
The Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative is a three-year project, designed to support the expansion and enhancement of the study of Islam at the University of Chicago. Administered by the Divinity School, the initiative is a cross-divisional collaboration, intended to create a sustained campus conversation about the future of Islamic studies.
Please see the MISI page for upcoming events in this series.
Funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the initiative brings distinguished visiting scholars, representing a wide range of topics in Islamic Studies, to UChicago. Each visitor brings to the community a unique area of expertise, which they share with the campus by giving a public lecture, teaching a class, and organizing a conference or symposium on their topic of study.