Program Description

The aim of the Critical Muslim Studies program is to explore the consequences of placing Muslims, Islam and the Islamicate within the context of “modern/colonial capitalist/patriarchal western-centric/christian-centric world-system” that begins to emerge after fall of Granada and Columbus’s voyage in search of riches in Asia.

This recontextualization does not only invite a re-telling of contemporary developments in the fields of politics, spirituality, theology, gender, racism, ethics, economics, but also raises questions about adequacies of disciplinary categories deployed in that re-telling. Western linear and Eurocentric historiography has been central in providing world-historical narratives that conceals its philosophical, economic, and scientific debt to Islamicate societies and cultures. The radicality of this Critical Muslim Studies re-contextualization of the Islamicate arises from the way in which epistemological and socio-cultural considerations are foregrounded in considerations of Muslim experiences and Islamicate phenomena.

This summer school is not a space for critiques of Islam from a Christian-centric, Western-centric perspective of the hegemonic Eurocentric fundamentalist form or of the subaltern Islamic fundamentalist variety.

The Granada Summer School program is structured around six major orientations:

the amphitheatre in Tarragona

A Fountain Plaza with a View