Muslim Cultural Politics: What's Islam Got to Do with It? Inaugural Lecture Delivered on the Appointment to the Chair in Sociaal-Wetenschappelijke Studie Van Hedendaagse Moslimsamenlevingen at the Universiteit Van Amsterdam on Thursday 13 March 2003

Muslim Cultural Politics: What's Islam Got to Do with It? Inaugural Lecture Delivered on the Appointment to the Chair in Sociaal-Wetenschappelijke Studie Van Hedendaagse Moslimsamenlevingen at the Universiteit Van Amsterdam on Thursday 13 March 2003

Muslim Cultural Politics: What's Islam Got to Do with It? Inaugural Lecture Delivered on the Appointment to the Chair in Sociaal-Wetenschappelijke Studie Van Hedendaagse Moslimsamenlevingen at the Universiteit Van Amsterdam on Thursday 13 March 2003

Muslim Cultural Politics: What's Islam Got to Do with It? Inaugural Lecture Delivered on the Appointment to the Chair in Sociaal-Wetenschappelijke Studie Van Hedendaagse Moslimsamenlevingen at the Universiteit Van Amsterdam on Thursday 13 March 2003

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A chair in `the social science study of contemporary Muslim societies', that is the official title of my chair, is both a dream and a nightmare. So, let me start with the nightmarish side of things in order to leave that quickly behind us. Whereas the description of this chair clearly refers to the social sciences, the fact that it also includes the notion `Muslim societies' produces a certain ambiguity. For doing work on Muslim societies is easily equated with working in the field of `Islamic studies', a strongly text-oriented field. Of course, `Islamic studies' has been and still is an important and productive field of study. It is, however, not in this field that I position my academic endeavors and engagements. The more troublesome dimension then comes in when working on `Muslim societies' is automatically located in the field of `Islamic studies'. This can easily result in misunderstandings, both with respect to the topics that are seen as legitimate topics of research and concerning the ways in which one goes about doing research.

Having said this, we can now move on to the dreamlike side of things. The description of my chair opens up great possibilities for engaging in research projects that I feel highly committed to. These can be brought together under the overarching theme `Muslim cultural politics', the research program I have initiated at ISIM. Before elaborating on the three research fields that I am developing within this program, together with colleagues at ISIM, in the Netherlands and abroad, let me first briefly return to the notion `Muslim societies'.

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