Thu 19 March 2015 | GLASS-Islam lecture | From Evangelical Empires to Global Islam: Mosques, Missions and Religious Economies | Nile Green | Leiden University
On Thursday 19 March, Professor Nile Green (University of California) gave a GLASS-Islam lecture entitled: "From Evangelical Empires to Global Islam: Mosques, Missions and Religious Economies." This lecture was organised by LUCIS in cooperation with Global Interactions (GI).
How did Islam become a truly global religion in the early twentieth century? And who were its impresarios as it moved into new religious marketplaces as far apart as America and Japan? This lecture tried to answer these questions by looking at the interactions between Christian and Muslim religious firms that formed the backdrop to European imperialism. Tracing commonalities behind the institutional emergence of Islam in new world regions, it identified global religious processes of competition and adaptation and the reasons why Indian Muslims fared so successfully amidst them.
After beginning his career as a historian of Islamic India and Pakistan, Nile Green has traced networks of Muslim activity that connect Afghanistan, Iran, the Indian Ocean, Islamic Africa and Central Asia, as well as Muslim diasporas as far apart as Europe, America and Japan. His writings span the domains of global, social, religious, cultural and literary history.
In recent years, Professor Green has focused on positioning Islam and Muslims in global history through such topics as intellectual and technological interchange between Asia and Europe; Muslim global travel writings; the transnational genealogy of Afghan modernism; and the world history of 'Islamic' printing. He has also used the networks forged by Sufi brotherhoods to understand pre-modern and early modern mechanisms of Muslim expansion from the Middle East to China and beyond.