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Workshop: Islamic Pasts and Futures in East Asia’s Worldmaking

September 2022 @ 11:00 - September 2022 @ 19:00


Islamic Pasts and Futures in East Asia’s Worldmaking

September 23, 2022 – September 24, 2022


Venue: Historische Sternwarte, University of Göttingen, Geismar Landstraße 11, 37083 Göttingen

*There is only a limited number of seats for attendance onsite. Please contact xiaoyang.zhao@stud.uni-goettingen.de for inquiries.


September 23, 2022 (Friday)

11:00 –


Opening and Introduction

Dominic Sachsenmaier (University of Göttingen)

Janice Hyeju Jeong (University of Göttingen)

Mohammad Alsudairi (King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies)

11:30 –


Panel I. Visions and Instrumentalizations of Islam in Asia: Historical Trajectories

Chair: Janice Hyeju Jeong (University of Göttingen)

Cemil Aydin (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill)

Inter-Asian Muslim Experiences of World-Making and World-Breaking in the Long 20th Century

Ulrich Brandenburg (University of Zurich)

Asia, Muslim Asia, and the Challenge to Geography

Yee Lak Elliot Lee (Leipzig University)

Re-Territorialization of Hui Muslims in Early 20th Century China: Historical and Demographic Knowledge Production

Hale Eroglu (Bogazici University)

The Awakened Muslim: Turkish Modernity in Chinese Muslim Reformist Thought

15:30 –



Keynote Address by Selcuk Esenbel (Bogazici University)
“Islam and East Asia in World-Making: Local and Regional Maps Embedded into a Globalizing World”
17:00 –


Panel II. Crisis, Community, and Control in Altishahr/Xinjiang

Chair: Cemil Aydin (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill)

Elke Spiessens (Leiden University, WWU Münster)

CCP Policy towards Uyghur Islam in the 21st Century: What Changed?

Björn Alpermann (University of Würzburg)

A Vanishing Act? Islam in Contemporary Xinjiang

Rachel Harris (SOAS University of London)

Religious Experience and Manufactured Spectacle in Xinjiang


September 24, 2022 (Saturday)

10:00 –



Panel III. The Question of “Muslim” Ethnicities and Minorities in “non-Muslim” Asia

Chair: Selcuk Esenbel (Bogazici University)

Rian Thum (University of Manchester)

Inter-Asian Islamophobia

Wlodzimierz Cieciura (University of Warsaw)

Huizu – a Chinese ‘Muslim race’? Muslim Racialization and Self-Racialization in Modern China.

Yoko Yamashita (Sophia University)

Multicultural Freedom and Discursive Modes of Control over Muslims in Contemporary Japan

13:00 –


Panel IV. The Politics of “Acceptable” Islam: Aesthetics and Public Visibility

Chair: Liu Kang (Duke University)

Soojeong Yi (Sogang Euro-MENA Institute, Sogang University)

Social Integration in South Korea: Ban-Opticon and Recognition Struggle


Yang Yang (National University of Singapore)

Traveling Muslim Men as Cultural Assets: Popularized Islam, Heritage, Diplomacy, and the Silk Road in China

Michael Malzer (University of Würzburg)

From Arabian Nights to China’s Bordeaux: the Vanishing Role of Islam in Yinchuan, Ningxia

15:00 –



Keynote Address by Engseng Ho (Duke University):
“Mobile Muslims and Majoritarian States: Open and Shut Cases”
16:30 –


Panel V. Dwelling in Migration and Displacement: Tensions and Opportunities between Global Expanses and Westphalian Borders

Chair: Zhu Guohua (East China Normal University)

Francesca Rosati (University of Leiden)

Muslim Women in Northwestern China between Islamization and Chinafication: The Case of Women’s Madrasas in Linxia

Leila Chebbi (CETOBaC)

In the ways of Tabligh: Sinicization as a Survival Strategy for a Global Islamic Revivalist Movement?

Atsushi Yamagata (University of Wollongong)

Responses to the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Japan

Download the program here:
Public Conference Program “Islamic Pasts and Futures in East Asia’s Worldmaking”


For further information please refer to the website of the Joint Center for Advanced Studies “Worldmaking from a Global Perspective: A Dialogue with China”.







Image: CC-BY-SA 3.0, Kirschmann-Schröder, Gisa


September 2022 @ 11:00
September 2022 @ 19:00
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Historische Sternwarte
Geismar Landstraße 11
Göttingen, Lower Saxony 37083 Germany
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