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NISIS Autumn School 2018

Vanaf:ma 15-10-2018
Tot en met:do 18-10-2018
Waar:Court Room, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Oude Boteringestraat 38, Groningen

Travelling Muslims

From Monday 15 until Thursday 18 October 2018, the eighth annual NISIS Autumn School will take place at the University of Groningen. This year’s Autumn School themed 'Travelling Muslims' is organised by NISIS and the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Groningen in cooperation with the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).


Islam and Muslims have a rich history of travelling. Whether motivated first and foremost by religion, as in pilgrimage and journeys to seek knowledge, or for economic reasons or simply seeking pleasure, travel has an impact on one’s world view and habits.  In this Autumn School, we  investigate how  various kinds of travel have informed Muslims religious views, practices, and different senses of belonging.  In particular, we will look into three, often interrelated kinds of travel:  pilgrimage, migration, and ‘holidaying’.

More information on applications for papers can be found here

Keynote lecture sessions

The keynote lecture sessions are open to everyone interested in the subject.

Monday: 'Migration and Religiosity'
15:00 - Lecture by Dr Nico Kaptein (Leiden University), ‘“Visiting the Living and the Dead”: Hadramis and Their Descendants in Indonesia’
16:30 - Lecture by Prof. Manja Stephan-Emmrich (Humboldt University Berlin),‘Crossing and Dwelling: Geographies of Belonging in Muslim Travelling’

Tuesday: 'Muslim pilgrimage'
14:30 - Lecture by Dr Ammeke Kateman (University of Amsterdam), ‘The Emotional Journey of the Hajj - as Narrated in Arabic Hajj-Travelogues (1880-1950)
16:00 - Lecture by Kholoud Al-Ajarma, MPhil (University of Groningen), ‘“A Journey beyond Words”: Senses, Emotion and the Sacred Experience of the Hajj’

Wednesday: 'Travel in the pursuit of knowledge and pleasure'
14:30 - Lecture by Prof. Umar Ryad (KU Leuven), ‘Europe through the Eyes of a Muslim Reformer: Rashid Rida and his Rihla to Europe 1921’
16:00 - Lecture by Heleen van der Linden MA (VU University), ‘Halal Tourism; Religious Subculture or Just a Commercial Grow Market?’

NISIS Autumn school 2018
NISIS Autumn school 2018