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MES Lecture: Dan Stolz

November 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Dan Stolz“The Ramadan Debates: Science, Time, and Islamic Law in the Early Twentieth Century”

Daniel Stolz
Assistant Professor of History
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Monday, November 11, 2019
12:00-1:00 PM
206 Ingraham Hall

In the early twentieth century, Muslim jurists and activists across the world debated whether and how to reform the Islamic calendar using astronomical calculation. These debates have often been characterized as a clash between a modernist desire to adapt to modern science, and a traditional, “anti-science” position. But this understanding rests on a reading of legal texts that shed little light on actual communal practice. By foregrounding evidence for how diverse Muslim communities in fact determined when to observe their holidays in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this talk reinterprets the calendar debates as a matter of competing visions for how to promote a globally uniform Islam.

Sponsored by: Middle East Studies Program



November 11, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Dr
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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