Roxanne Euben, Mildred Lane Kemper Professor of Political Science and chair of the Department of Political Science at
Date: Monday, September 15,
Venue: Rm. 200, Centre for Ethics, Larkin Building,
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Contemporary debates about cosmopolitanism tend to be organized around an exclusively "Western" pantheon of figures, while Islam and Muslims have increasingly been depicted as insular and anti-cosmopolitan.
In this paper, Euben offers the outlines of an Islamic ethos of travel in search of knowledge, and argues that it brings into view the disparate practices, moments and ideas that comprise "Muslim cosmopolitanism." This suggests that a more capacious cosmopolitanism is long overdue, one that takes account of ecumenical practices and exhortations to engagement derived from a range of cultural traditions. It also suggests that propensities toward ecumenicalism depend less on the religion to which one belongs than on the dialectical interaction between a discursive religious tradition conducive to diverse enactments and specific historical, political and economic relations of power.
Roxanne Euben is the Mildred Lane Kemper Professor of Political Science and chair of the Department of Political Science at
She is the author of Enemy in the Mirror: Islamic Fundamentalism and the Limits of Modern Rationalism (Princeton University Press, 1999) as well as Journeys to the Other Shore: Muslim and Western Travelers in Search of Knowledge (Princeton University Press, 2006). In Journeys to the Other Shore, Professor Euben challenges stereotypical associations of Western travelers with a pioneering spirit of discovery and Muslim travelers with conquest and destruction, and explores the common ways in which both Muslim and Western travelers negotiate the dislocation of travel, which signifies not only a physical movement, but also an imaginative journey in which wonder about those who live differently makes it possible to see the world in a new way. Her ongoing projects include Islamist Political Thought (with Muhammad Qasim Zaman,
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