Critical Muslim Studies:
Decolonial Struggles and Liberation Theologies
Granada, Spain-June 1-12, 2015

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The international Summer School, Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles and Liberation Theologies, is an intensive seminar composed of several courses (all of them held in English language) that aims at opening the space for the analysis and investigation of Islam not only as a spiritual tradition, but also as an epistemic decolonial perspective that offers contributions and responses to the problems that humanity faces today. This becomes even more relevant with the rise of the Arab revolutions, the processes towards the formation of an Islamic Theology of Liberation and the ongoing inter-religious dialogues across the world. Moreover, as a strong commitment to a vision of Critical Muslim Studies there are two symposiums organized inside the summer school every year: one on Islamic Feminism led by Asma Lamrabet (Directrice du Centre des Etudes Féminines en Islam au sein de la Rabita Mohammadia des ulémas du Maroc: ) and the other on Radical Muslim Reform led by Tariq Ramadan (Director of The Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE): The Summer School is held in Granada, one of the major centers of Al-Andalus (Islamic Spain). This course is offered through the Center of Study for Intercultural Dialogues, in Spain, in collaboration with the Ethnic Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley. The seminar will be held in the Carmen de la Victoria of the University of Granada.

Faculty and Affiliated Faculty include internationally recognized Islamic Studies and Ethnic Studies scholars:

Tariq Ramadan - Salman Sayyid - Asma Lamrabet
Hatem Bazian - Ramon Grosfoguel - Arzu Merali
Asma Barlas
Houria Bouteldja - Santiago Slabodsky
Farid Esack - Nelson Maldonado-Torres -

Ella Shohat - Samia Bano - Nadia Fadil - Abdennur Prado - Sirin Adlbi Sibai - Muhktar Ali - Talip Küçükcan - Munir Jiwa
Thomas Reifer - Enrique Dussel - Zahra Alí

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The above professors teach specialized courses on a wide array of subjects. The course covers several topics such as Introduction to Critical Muslim Studies, Islamic Theology of Liberation, Islamic Decolonial Pedagogy, Inter-Faith Dialogues, Women and Islam, and Islamic Spirituality. The focus of the course is to inquire into Islam as a postcolonial/decolonial perspective. This description is meant to give you a brief idea of the broad scope of topics covered during the two week Summer School.

About the CENTER

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A panoramic view of La Alhambra.

NURA - Centro de Estudios para el Dialogo Mediterráneo, affiliated with the Center of Study and Investigation for Decolonial Dialogue, is a non-profit and non-governmental organization promoting research, knowledge, education and public policy towards intercultural dialogues. The objective of NURA is to promote intercultural dialogues toward the goals of peace, human understanding, and solidarity in the world beyond the corporate logic of profits, the regulatory/military logic of states and the epistemic logic of fundamentalisms of any kind including Eurocentric fundamentalism.

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