Ways of the Umma: From Public Sphere to Body Without Organs?
A lecture by Armando Salvatore, Humboldt University, Berlin/Oriental Studies University, Naples
Thursday, May 01, 2008
A Heisenberg Fellow at Humboldt University, Berlin, Armando Salvatore directs the M.A. Program in Languages, History and Cultures of the Mediterranean and the Islamic World, Oriental Studies University, Naples, where he teaches Sociology of Culture and Communication.
Professor Salvatore works on the sociological, political and anthropological dimensions of religious traditions and secular formations in historical and comparative perspective, by laying a particular emphasis on phenomena related to Islam within global civil society, new media, and the public sphere. Continuing a scholarly tradition at his university in Naples, attention to wider horizons of Islam’s cultural contact and global interaction, particularly with Western Europe and East Asia, is also central to his work.
Salvatore’s most recent books (authored, edited, and co-edited) are Islam and Modernity: Key Issues and Debates (2009), The Public Sphere: Liberal Modernity, Catholicism, Islam (2007, pb 2010), Islam in Process: Historical and Civilizational Perspectives (2006), Religion, Social Practice, and Contested Hegemonies (2005) and Public Islam and the Common Good, (2004, pb 2007). He is presently completing a new book on The Global Muslim Public Sphere for University of California Press with Mark LeVine and has started editing the Wiley-Blackwell History of Islam and Islamic Civilization.