Upcoming International Events on Campus
In the aftermath of the First World War, the conversion of European intellectuals to Islam raised controversial new questions about Muslim and European pasts and possible futures. Mirza M. Abdurrahman was one such convert who, after leaving Catholicism for Islam in 1922, left his native Yugoslavia to study in Spain, correspond with Muslim missionaries in Berlin, and publish a French translation of a classic Ottoman-Persian mystic text.
Western radio broadcasts were an effective policy tool during the Cold War. Radio broadcasting operations, aimed at reaching captive societies behind the Iron Curtain, were entrusted the mission of encouraging resistance to the firmly entrenched communist regimes by providing them with alternative information.
The widespread stereotype of Ukraine is that of a divided nation – of several "Ukraines" with diverging orientations, different languages and contested identities. This stereotype has been utilized heavily both inside and outside of Ukraine, most significantly by the Russian media. The usual narrative divides Ukraine into Eastern and Western, where the former is considered pro-Russian and Russian-speaking. These complex historical and regional identifications are often overreaching, excessively divisive, and oversimplified.
This talk explores the ways in which religious agents – and modern scholars – distinguish religions. Illustrated by examples from ancient India, it will problematize the popular notion of blurred boundaries and suggest a multilayered approach for analyzing religious boundary-making. The paper argues that scholars should be prepared to find, even within one religious community, numerous and possibly conflicting ways of drawing a boundary between “us” and “them.”