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CIK Talk: Islamic Revival as Development: Discourses on Islam, Modernity, and Democracy
CIK Talks is a platform for noted Muslim intellectuals and thought leaders to address critical issues facing the Ummah and ideas shaping the modern world.


Islamic Revival as Development:
Discourses on Islam, Modernity, and Democracy

Presented by Dr. Ermin Sinanović
Moderated by Amir Aboguddah, JD
​Friday, January 22nd, 2021 ​at 8 PM EST


​In this Virtual CIK Talk, Dr. Sinanović will argue that Islamic Revival can be read as the Muslim thinkers’ and activists’ critique of, and engagement with modernity. He will further make the case for multiple modernities and multiple Islamic discourses that have marked the last six decades of Muslim activism. Islamic Revival according to Dr. Sinanović has gone through three distinct periods during this time:

Modernization–development phase (early 1950s–early 1980s) - Debates on capitalism, communism, and political development in general,
within the contexts of post-colonial liberation and the Cold War struggles.

Democratization phase (early 1980s–early 2000s) - Emphasis on democracy, economic development, and human rights.

The civic engagement and citizenship phase (early 2000s – present) - Conversation with modernity is on civic engagement
and citizenship rights.

Through these three periods, this Virtual CIK Talk will trace the evolution of Islamic Revival from its often reactive past to the more proactive present.

Jan 22, 2021 08:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Ermin Sinanović
Executive Director @Center for Islam in the Contemporary World (CICW) at Shenandoah University
Dr. Ermin Sinanović is executive director of the Center for Islam in the Contemporary World (CICW) at Shenandoah University, where he is also Scholar in Residence. Before joining CICW, he was director of research and academic programs at the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), and an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He was also a faculty associate in research, Southeast Asian Program at Cornell University. Sinanović studied for a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. He obtained two bachelor's degrees (one in the Qur’an and Sunnah studies, the other in political science) from the International Islamic University Malaysia, and a master's degree in Islamic civilization from the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Amir Aboguddah
Amir Aboguddah has a BA in Political Science and Certificate in Economics from University of Regina and has received a JD from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. He also pursued traditional study in Turkey under scholars of hadith and fiqh. He has completed articles (legal training) at Blakes, Cassels, & Graydon and currently is a Clerk at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. He has interests in Usul Al-Fiqh, Islamic judicial systems, and political thought.