The sixth in a series of eight lectures that presents exciting research on Muslim contexts in Europe and North America. The series will focus on issues relating to Muslim agency, creativity and strivings. What engages people and drives them to find new directions? The series will challenge conventional narratives about Islam in Europe and North America by providing stimulating, new perspectives based on recent and ongoing research.
Indigenousing Islam: Changing Dynamics of Islamic Authority in the West
By Masooda Bano, University of Oxford
Masooda Bano will map the changes emerging within the Islamic authority platforms in the West, whereby the growing numbers of locally trained imams and scholars are helping replace the earlier practice of importing mosque imams and Islamic scholars from Muslim majority countries. The seminar will introduce the pluralistic Islamic debates emerging across these platforms and how these debates are reflective of the desire of young Western Muslims to integrate into their societies while being proud of their faith.
Masooda Bano is Professor of Development Studies at the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford. Professor Bano carries out comparative fieldwork across Muslim societies and builds large-scale studies combining ethnographic and survey data. She is currently directing a five-year major research project: Changing Structures of Islamic Authority and Consequences for Social Change - A Transnational Review. The project is supported by a 1.4-million-euro European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant. Building on her earlier work where she argues that in order for beliefs to persist they must have everyday relevance, in this project Professor Bano studies how both old and new centres of Islamic authority are responding to changed expectations of the Muslim youth in Muslim majority countries as well as those living in the West. She is the author of Female Islamic Education Movements: The Re-democratisation of Islamic Knowledge (Cambridge University Press 2017) and The Rational Believer: Choices and Decisions in the Madrasas of Pakistan (Cornell University Press 2012) and has edited Modern Islamic Authority and Social Change, Vols. 1 & 2 (Edinburgh University Press 2018); Shaping Global Islamic Discourses: The Role of al-Azhar, al-Medina, and al-Mustafa (Edinburgh University Press 2015); and Women, Leadership and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority (Brill 2012).
, Professor of Islamic Studies, Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations.