School of Arts and Sciences
American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies
    2010 Program

28th Annual Conference of the

 American Council for

the Study of

Islamic Societies 


College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

Sadler Center, Tidewater and Chesapeake Rooms

                                              April 8-9, 2011




Friday, April 8, 2011 – Chesapeake A, Sadler Center


9:00-9:15 a.m. – Welcome & Opening Remarks

James Sowerwine, President, ACSIS


9:15-11:00am – Panel 1:  Islam, Nationalism and Change

  Theodore Wright, Jr., State University of New York, Albany, Chair

1.     Benoit Challand, New School for Social Research, New York, "Islam, Religion, and Imagination"

2.     Jens Kutscher, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen, Nuremberg, "Muslim Citizenship in Non-Muslim Liberal Democracies According to Online Fatwas"

3.     Raja Bahlul, United Arab Emirates University, UAE, "The Universal Community of Cosmopolitan Citizenship"


11:00-12:45pm – Panel 2:

Religion and Nationalism in Pakistan and Israel

Tamara Sonn, College of William & Mary, Co-Chair

Michael B. Bishku, Augusta State University, Co-Chair

1.     Theodore Wright, Jr., State University of New York, Albany, "The Role of Religion and Diaspora in the Founding of States: Israel and Pakistan Compared"

2.     Dr. Issam Aburaya, Seton Hall University, New Jersey, "Islam, Jewish Secularism, and Israeli Nationalism"

3.     Micha'el Tanchum, The Shalem Center, Jerusalem, "The Discourse of Religious Nationalism and Nation-Building:  Lessons from Pakistan and Israel on the Consequences of Politicized Religion"

4.     Maina Chawla Singh, University of Delhi, India, and American University, Washington D.C., "Religion, Diversity, and Social Cleavages: Challenges in Contemporary Israeli Society"




1:00-2:30pm – LUNCH – Location TBA



3:00pm-4:30 –Panel 3:  Islam in Turkey

  Michael B. Bishku, Augusta State University, Chair

1.     Fevzi Bilgin, St. Mary's College of Maryland, "The Appeal of Turkish Islam"

2.     Neslihan Cevik, University of Virginia, "Re-theorizing Contemporary Islam in Turkey: Muslimism and the Sites of Hybridity"

3.     Robert Hazan, Metropolitan State College of Denver, “Islam, Nationalism and Change during the Erdogan-Gul Administration”

4.     Ugur Komecoglu, Istanbul Bilgi University, "A Reading of Deep Religiosity within an Islamic Community Movement in Turkey"


4:30pm-5:30 – Special Presentation – Update on Tunisia

Radwan Masmoudi, President, Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy


6:00-8:00pm – Banquet: Great Hall, The Wren Building


Keynote Speaker:

H.E. Tariq Karim, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India


Music by W&M Middle East Music Ensemble



Saturday, April 9, 2011 –


9:00-11:00am –Panel 4: Chesapeake A, Sadler Center

A Comparative Approach to Islam: Bosnia, Philippines, Syria, and Tunisia, (Part I)

  Robert Hazan, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Chair


1.     Malte Frye, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, "Ajvatovica-Contesting Muslim Identities at a Saint’s Shrine in Postwar Bosnia"

2.     Abdulhusin M. Kashim, Centre for Islamic Consensus Building, Manila, Philippines, "Mindanao Peace Process: Beyond Territoriality - A Framework Paper"

3.     Radwan Ziadeh, George Washington University, Washington D.C., "The Role   of Religion in Contemporary Arab State Politics: Syria as an Example"

4.     Omar Fassatoui, Sciences Politiques, Aix en Provence, "Biomedicine, Islam and Law: The Case of Tunisia"





11:15-1:00pm – Chesapeake A -- Panel  5:

A Comparative Approach to Islam: Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, and Iran (Part II)

  Hafeez Malik, Villanova University, Pennsylvania,

1.     Jon Armajani, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University, Saint Joseph, Minnesota, "Accommodation and Opposition: The Saudi Arabian Government’s Approach toward Islamist Groups which Challenge It"

2.     Terje Ostebo, University of Florida, "Oromumma and Umma: Islam and Oromo Ethno-Nationalism in Ethiopia"

3.     Fatemeh Shayan, University of Tampere, Finland, "Ontological and Domestic Security Problems in Saudi Arabia in the Post-Saddam Era"

4.     Michael B. Bishku, Augusta State University, "Egyptian-Iranian Relations and the Politics of the Middle East During the Cold War"





2011 Conference Registration:

To register, please send a check for $35.00 to
Nadia Barsoum

Treasurer, ACSIS

416 St. Augustine Center,

Villanova University
Villanova, PA 19085


2011 Conference Hotels:

Williamsburg Hospitality House

415 Richmond Road

Williamsburg, VA  23185

Call Mary Ellen at 757.229.4020 x7014 and identify your affiliation as ACSIS.  Reserve before 3/7/11 for rate of $109/night (single or double).


Days Inn Downtown Williamsburg

902 Richmond Road

Williamsburg, VA  23185

Reserve by 4/1/11 for ACSIS conference rate of $55.20/Thursday; $71.20/Friday-Saturday.