Islam: Portability and Exportability

Islam: Portability and Exportability

The Muslim Diaspora in Europe and North America

The program on Islam: Portability and Exportability, organized by Samy Shavit Swayd, was a collaborative effort between the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Center for European and Eurasian Studies to combine a seminar designed for diverse students in a wide variety of disciplines, with a public lecture series featuring scholars in diverse fields presenting their current research or earlier findings on diasporic Muslim identities. The program was funded by the US Department of Education and supported by the UCLA International Institute and other research units and organizations in the UCLA system and the Southern California area. The seminar ran for four years, first in the History Department (2004) and then in the Sociology Department (2005-07). The program was designed to pursue inquiries and areas of research with descriptive and comparative aspects, to examine broad international developments and their impact on diasporic identities, and to tease out future paradigms for the technological and post-Enlightenment age. The articles below are synopses of some of the presentations, regrouped thematically; each can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking on the author.

1. Samy Shavit Swayd, Introduction:Islam, Diaspora, and Diaspora Studies

Part I: From Identities to Diasporic Identities

2. Samy Shavit Swayd, The Grid Model: A New Typology of Diasporic Identities

Part II: Islam, Culture, and Modernity

3. Michael J. Thompson, Islam and the Problem of Modernity
4. Brian Silverstein, Islam and Modernity in Turkey
5. Jocelyne Cesari, The Hybrid and Globalized Islam of Western Europe
6. Peter Mandaville, Muslim Diasporas and the Making of Critical Islam

Part III: Islam, Education, and Participation

7. Melissa Anne Parker, Symbolic Politics and the Europeanization of Islam: The Role of Muslim Interest Groups in the European Union
8. Ödül Bozkurt, Ethnic and Elite Turks in Europe: Snapshots from Sweden and Finland
9. Peter Mandaville, Defining Islamic Education in Diaspora: The Case of Britain
10. Mohja Kahf, Teaching Diaspora Literature:Muslim American Literature as an Emerging Field

Part IV: Islam, Assimilation, and Integration

11. Laurence Michalak, Comparing Muslims in France and the US
12. Karen Leonard, Hyderabadi Muslims in the UK, Canada, and the US: New Configurations in New Contexts
13. Katherine Pratt Ewing, Cultivating a Wholesome Body: Islam in the German Gym Class
14. Rima Berns-McGown, Redefining Islam in the Post9/11 West: The Political Culture of Respect

Part V: Anti-Immigrant and Xenophobic Sentiments

15. Mehdi Bozorgmehr, Profiling Middle Eastern and Muslim Americans in the Twenty-First Century
16. Peter OBrien, Islam, Liberalism, and Xenophobia in Europe
17. Anja van Heelsum, Anti-Immigrant Sentiments in the Netherlands and the Reactions of Moroccan Associations
18. Isa Blumi, Lost in the Shuffle: Balkan Muslims and Western Xenophobia after 9/11


19. Samy Shavit Swayd, (Re-)Mapping the Future with(out) the Past
20. Selected Bibliography


The entire series can be downloaded as a single PDF from the link below.

Download file:swayd_islam_portability.pdf