|Date:||May 29, 2012||Time:||3:00 PM - 5:00 PM|
|Speaker(s):||Dr. Ermin Sinanovic
Department of Political Science
United States Naval Academy
Dr. Al Makin
Asia Research Institute
Mr. Nazry Bahrawi
University of Warwick
|Venue:||Middle East Institute (Seminar Room)
Tower Block Level 2, Bukit Timah Campus
National University of Singapore
469A Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259770
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The Arab uprisings which began in December 2010 sparked the largest Middle Eastern protests in living memory. People across ideological, social, and demographic spectra took to the streets demanding jobs, justice, and dignity. These social protests were not only diverse, they were also explicitly secular. In the wake of these momentous events, four long-standing dictators were deposed (in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen), while civil war broke out in Syria, and civil unrest continues to fester in Bahrain. Despite the protestors’ achievements, the original secularism of these movements eventually gave rise to new forms of political Islam which quickly filled the regional power vacuums. In the newly “liberalized” countries, voters have empowered Islamists with a mandate to pilot their countries into a new era of political, social, and economic transformation—placing enormous expectations these new leaders. Against this backdrop of rapid political change, questions abound about the nature of Islamic doctrine and how it is affecting, and being effected by, these unfolding events.
The Middle East Institute is hosting three distinguished panelists to explore the contemporary nature of Islamic political thought in the wake of the Arab uprisings with an added focus on its relationship with Southeast Asia. Dr. Ermin Sinanovic will address the question of how the Arab Uprisings have contributed to and influenced contemporary Islamic political thought, as well as how the Muslim scholarly class (‘ulama’) and Islamist actors have respond to these political events. Dr. Al Makin will discuss the defeat of Muslim liberals in the latest “wave of democratization” and highlight lessons from similar conditions in the Indonesian experience. Nazry Bahrawi will then compare between Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood’s idea of civil state and Robert Hefner’s idea of Indonesian civil Islam as these relate to the idea of post-Islamism.
About the Speakers
Ermin Sinanovic is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, USA. His MA and PhD are in Political Science from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Prof. Sinanovic obtained two BAs (one in Qur’an and Sunnah Studies, the other in Political Science) and an MA (Islamic Civilization) from the International Islamic University Malaysia. His research interests include transnational Islamic revival, Southeast Asian politics, Islamic movements, Middle East politics, Islamic political thought, and Islam and politics in general.
Dr. Al Makin is a research fellow at the ARI (Asia Research Institute), National University of Singapore and lecturer at the Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University, Yogyakarta . He was a research fellow at Bochum University, Germany (2009-2010). His PhD is from Heidelberg University (2008), Germany. He is the author of Representing the Enemy, Musaylima in Muslim Literature (Peter Lang, 2010). During his time at the ARI, he is preparing another monograph, “Apostates in White Robes, Tales from Lia Eden’s Divine Kingdom and Paradise on Earth.”
Nazry Bahrawi is a cultural critic whose commentaries have been published in international newspapers such as the Guardian and the South China Morning Post. A former Chevening scholar from Singapore, he is now pursuing a doctoral degree in comparative literature at the University of Warwick. Between 2011 and 2012, he was a research associate at the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore.