Susanne Olsson

Workshop "Minorities in the Islamic World"

The two day workshop "Minorities in the Islamic World" has a regional specialization on the Middle East and North Africa. International participants from various disciplinary backgrounds will attempt to contribute to a better understanding of minorities in the region, with one focus being the Jewish minority. Themes to be covered include law and legal practices, religion and ritual, historical trajectories, memory and nostalgia, and the impact of colonialism on both Jews and Muslims. In order to study the Jewish experience in context, we will also present work on additional minorities, ranging from Christian groups, Alewis, Berbers, Baha'is, and Kurds.
Jews and Muslims are often presented as enemies from time immemorial. The close study of Jewish life and Jewish-Muslim relations as they developed in the region from the rise of Islam to the present day reveals a somewhat different story, one that often is forgotten in the barrage of news about Israel/Palestine.
The complex reality which minorities face will be contextually addressed. The papers will show that there is more to the situation than merely a relationship of dominance and lack of power between minority groups and the Muslim majority. Minorities face many challenges and the workshop considers how challenges are met creatively by minority groups, who have developed strategies of accommodation and resilience, giving a more dynamic picture to the minority situation than has often been the case.

Workshop: "Minorities in the Islamic World"
Stockholm University, December 19-20, 2016
Seminar room: Spelbomskan

Film team: DeNoise Studios (www.denoise.com). A selection of the presentation are streamed at the website at Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Berkeley.
Project description

The two day workshop "Minorities in the Islamic World" had a regional specialization on the Middle East and North Africa. International participants from various disciplinary backgrounds presented papers in order to contribute to a better understanding of minorities in the region, with one focus being the Jewish minority. Themes covered include law and legal practices, religion and ritual, historical trajectories, memory and nostalgia, and the impact of colonialism on both Jews and Muslims. In order to study the Jewish experience in context, additional minorities were included. Jews and Muslims are often presented as enemies from time immemorial. The close study of Jewish life and Jewish-Muslim relations as they developed in the region from the rise of Islam to the present day reveals a somewhat different story, one that often is forgotten in the barrage of news about Israel/Palestine. The complex reality which minorities face was contextually addressed. The papers show that there is more to the situation than merely a relationship of dominance and lack of power between minority groups and the Muslim majority. Minorities face many challenges and the workshop considers how challenges are met creatively by minority groups, who have developed strategies of accommodation and resilience, giving a more dynamic picture to the minority situation than has often been the case. The organizing committee plan to hold follow up workshops to strengthen the international research network in minorities in and from the region.

FINAL PROGRAM

DAY ONE Monday 19 December, 2016

09:30-10:00 Coffee
10:00 Welcome and introduction

10:10-11:00 Session 1
Chair: Susanne Olsson
1. Keynote: Emily Gottreich, "Minority, Diaspora, or Islamicate?: MENA Jews in the Postcolonial Academy"

11:00-11:20 coffee

11:20-12:50 Session 2
Chair: Lena Roos
1. Lena Salaymeh, "Jewish and Islamic Legal Traditions"
2. Aomar Boum, "Moroccan Jews and the Politics of Memory"
3. Vanessa Paloma Elbaz, "Judeo-Spanish women in Morocco's Jewish community and their role in maintaining communal boundaries."

13:00-14:30 Lunch at the Faculty club


18:00-21:00 DINNER. Christmas menu at restaurant Beirut café, Engelbrektsgatan 27, http://www.beirutcafe.se/


DAY TWO, Tuesday 20 December, 2016

09:00-11:00 Session 4
Chair: Frédéric Brusi
1. Aomar Boum, "North African Baha'is and Christians in the Time of Arab Uprisings"
2. Marianne Laanatza, "Berber minorities in North Africa"
3. David Thurfjell. "Shiite minorities in the Middle East region"

Short coffe break

11:15-12:45 Session 5
Chair: Emin Poljarevic
1. Dafna Dori, "Judeo Arabic Music: The Case of Displaced Iraqi Composer Saleh al-Kuwaity"
2. Chris Silver, "Listening to the Past: Jews, Muslims, and North African Music"


13:00-14:30 Lunch at the Faculty club


14:45-16:15 Session 6
Chair: Jenny Berglund
3. Elie Wardini, "The Languages of Middle Eastern Christians"
4. Göran Larsson and Simon Sorgenfrei, "Minorities from the MENA region in Sweden"

16:15-16:30 Concluding Remarks: Marianne Laanatza & Emily Gottreich


PARTICIPANTS
Workshop: "Minorities in the Islamic World"
Stockholm University, December 19-20, 2016

Jenny Berglund,
Associate Professor
Study of Religions
Södertörn University, Stockholm
08-608 50 21
Jenny.berglund@sh.se
http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=sh_personal_profil_sv_718549


Albert Benichou
DeNoise Studios
1050 Murray Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
510 653 3838
albert@denoise.com
www.denoise.com

Film team assistant DeNoise
DeNoise Studios
1050 Murray Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
510 653 3838
albert@denoise.com
www.denoise.com

Aomar Boum,
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of California, Los Angeles
310-825-9516
aboum@anthro.ucla.edu
http://www.anthro.ucla.edu/faculty/aomar-boum

Frédéric Brusi,
PhD student, History of religions, Stockholm University
frederic.brusi@su.se
+468163632
http://www.su.se/profiles/frbr2425-1.219925

(Sami Shalom Chetrit, deltog inte pga. sjukdomsfall i sista minuten.
Associate Professor of Hebrew, Queens College, Classical, Middle Eastern, and Asian Languages and Cultures.
samishalom@gmail.com
718-997-5574
https://www.qc.cuny.edu/Academics/Degrees/DAH/CMAL/pages/Sami-Chetrit.aspx)

Dafna Dori,
PhD student, Musicology, Uppsala University
dafna.dori@musik.uu.se
+ 46 18471 1586

Emily Gottreich,
Chair, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
University of California, Berkeley
510-642-8208
emilyrg@berkeley.edu
http://cmes.berkeley.edu/people/emily-gottreich/

Ábrahám Kovács,
Associate Professor, Debrecen Reformed University
abraham.kovacs@ptsem.edu
+36 52.414744 ext. 11962

Marianne Laanatza,
CME, Lund University; Think tank MENA.SE
marianne.laanatza@mena.se
http://mena.se/

Göran Larsson,
Professor, History of religions, Gothenburg University
031-786 5315
Goran.larsson@lir.gu.se
http://lir.gu.se/om-oss/personal?userId=xlagor

Rick Latham Lechowick
MA Student, Religion in Peace and Conflict, Uppsala University
rick@lechowick.com
SE: +46 70 924 3810
US: +1 323 377 2344

Susanne Olsson,
Professor, History of religion, Stockholm University
Susanne.olsson@rel.su.se
+46 (0)702 420 431
http://www.erg.su.se/english/research/researchers/olsson-susanne-1.222583

Vanessa Paloma Elbaz,
CERMOM (Centre des recherches moyen orient méditerranée) INALCO - Sorbonne Paris Cité (Ph.D. Candidate) and KHOYA: Jewish Morocco Sound Archive (Director)
Casablanca, Morocco
+212 649448009
+212 5 22 278165
palomasereia@gmail.com
khoyasoundarchive@gmail.com

Emin Poljarevic,
Senior Lecturer, Department of Theology, Uppsala University
Emin.poljarevic@rel.su.se
+46 739225471
www.teol.uu.se

Lena Roos,
Forum for Jewish Studies, Dept. of Theology, Uppsala University.
Senior Lecturer,
018-471 1328
lena.roos@teol.uu.se
www.teol.uu.se

Lena Salaymeh,
Assistant Professor
School of Law
Tel Aviv University
03-6408771
slena@post.tau.ac.il
https://en-law.tau.ac.il/profile/slena_46

Chris Silver,
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
University of California, Los Angeles

Simon Sorgenfrei,
Senior lecturer, the Study of religions, Södertörn University
+46 8 608 5158
Simon.sorgenfrei@sh.se
http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=sh_personal_profil_sv_033460

David Thurfjell,
Professor of History of religions, Södertörn University
David.thurfjell@sh.se
+46 8-608 43 60
http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=sh_personal_profil_sv_967780

Elie Wardini,
Professor of Arabic, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, Stockholm University
+46 8162323
Elie.wardini@orient.su.se
http://www.su.se/profiles/wardi-1.183175

Amanda Walldoff,
PhD student, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, Stockholm University
Amanda.walldoff@orient.su.se
+ 46 816 4358
http://www.su.se/profiles/amwa5694-1.185420

Joel Abdelmoez Ahmed Wiklund
Ammanuens, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, Stockholm University
Jw.abdelmoez@su.se
+468162897
http://www.su.se/profiles/jowi7789-1.285265