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Conference explores global diversity of Islam

  • 08 December 2016

The wide range of places and languages in which Islam is practised around the world - and the impact when believers from diverse backgrounds meet - are explored in a two-day Cambridge conference jointly led by a Caius fellow.

The Global Muslim Encounters conference examines how Muslims have made sense of the fact that their religion is far from monolithic, stretching as it does from Morocco all the way to Indonesia. Run by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), the event is co-organised by Dr Simon Wolfgang Fuchs, Research Fellow in Islamic Studies at Caius.

Dr Fuchs says: "The 20th century is often seen as a period of increasing homogenisation in Islamic belief and practice. Big players like Saudi Arabia and Iran employ their financial power to remake Muslim communities all over the world in their own image. We would like to explore alternative histories of religious change, including local resistance to purist pressures, unexpected reinterpretations of sacred texts, and various approaches – both conservative and liberal – to managing diversity."

Find out more about the conference, on 9-10 December, here.

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