Sufism and the 'Modern' in Islam

Bogor, September 4-6, 2003

Conference program

Thursday September 4

11.00-12.30 Opening session

Opening by Azyumardi Azra, rector of State Islamic University (UIN), Jakarta

Announcements on practical matters

Introductory statements on the theme of the conference
(Julia Howell, Martin van Bruinessen, Azyumardi Azra)

12.30 - 14.00  lunch break

14.00 - 15.45  first session: Sufi orders and the individual in changing societies
Discussant: Villalon

Brian Silverstein (University of California at Berkeley): "Sufism and Governmentality in Late Ottoman and Republican Turkey"

Matthijs van den Bos (ISIM, Netherlands): "Surrogate social: the emergence of neo-traditional Sufism in Iran"

15.45 - 16.15   tea

16.15 - 18.30  second session: Sufism-inspired (non-tariqa) Islamic movements
Discussant: Ricklefs

Yoginder Sikand (ISIM, Netherlands): "The Reformist Sufism of the Tablighi Jama'at: A Case Study of the Meos of Mewat"

Martin van Bruinessen (ISIM, Netherlands): "Rational charisma: Indonesia's living saints in the closing years of the Suharto era"

Ahmad Syafi'i Mufid (Research Institute, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Jakarta): "Gabriel's wings: the perennial Sufism of Salamullah"

Asep Usman Ismail (State Islamic University, Jakarta), "Tradisi manakiban di lingkungan tarekat Qadiriyah-Naqsyabandiyyah (pengamatan awal pada beberapa tempat)"


Friday September 5

09.00 - 10.15  third session: Islamic reform, Islamism and Sufism
Discussant: Silverstein

Itzchak Weismann (University of Haifa): "Sufism without tasawwuf: A Naqshbandi-related Response to the Islamist Critique in India and the Middle East"

Michael Laffan (Int. Inst. of Asian Studies, Leiden): "Crisis and Representation: the Indonesian journals Sufi and Sabili"

10.15 - 10.45 coffee

10.45-12.00 fourth session: Articulations of Sufism with the modern state
Discussant: Weismann

Leonardo Villalón (University of Florida), "Debating modernity in contemporary Senegal: Religious dynamics in a Sufi-dominant society"

Rachida Chih (CNRS / IREMAM-MMSH. Aix en Provence): "Sufism, Spiritual Debates and Social Implications in Contemporary Egypt: The Case of the Khalwatiyya"

12.00-14.30 Friday prayer and lunch break

14.30-18.00  fifth session : Charisma and sainthood in the modern state
Discussant: Voll

Ben Soares (African Studies Centre, Leiden): "Muslim saints in the age of neoliberalism"

Sri Mulyati (State Islamic University, Jakarta): "Abah Anom's responses to current Islamic issues in Indonesia"

Pnina Werbner (Keele University): "Intimate Disciples in the Modern World: Difference and Resemblance in Local and Global Sufism"


Saturday September 6 

9.00 - 10.15   sixth session: Modern margins: between Sufism and New Religious Movements (1)
Discussant: Sikand

Julia Howell (Griffith University): "Modernity and the Borderlands of Islamic Spirituality in Indonesia's New Sufi Networks"

Patrick Haenni (CEDEJ, Cairo): "A breeze from Asia: mysticism, zen and yoga, some forms of syncretism in the renewal of Sufism in Morocco"

10.15  - 11.00  coffee break

11.00 - 12.15  eighth session: Modern margins: between Sufism and New Religious Movements (2)
Discussant: Howell

M. Adlin Sila (Research Institute, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Jakarta): "The Tarekat Kadisiyyah: An Example of Neo-Tarekat Searching for Sympathy of Urban People in Bandung"

Jalaluddin Rakhmat (Tazkiyah Sejati Foundation, Jakarta): "Between Sufism and New Age: observations on pseudo tarekats"

12.15 - 14.00  lunch break

14.00 - 14.45 eighth session:

Redha Ameur (University of Melbourne): "Said Nursi's Search for Meaning in the Age of Science"

14.45-15.15  tea

15.30 - 17.00  concluding session

John O. Voll (CMCU, Washington DC): "Sufism in the Perspective of Contemporary Theory"

Followed by general discussion