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Islam and Anarchism: Relationships and Resonances | Einaudi Center “Author Meets Critics”

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Uris Hall, G-08 Uris Hall, Cornell Campus, Ithaca, NY

Discourse around Muslims and Islam all too often lapses into a false dichotomy of Orientalist and fundamentalist tropes. A popular reimagining of Islam is urgently needed. Yet it is a perhaps unexpected political philosophical tradition that has the most to offer in this pursuit: anarchism. To better understand this topic, the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies has assembled a panel discussion of Dr. Mohamed Abdou’s book, Islam and Anarchism: Relationships and Resonances (Pluto Press, 2022).

Islam and Anarchism is a highly original and interdisciplinary work, which simultaneously disrupts two commonly held beliefs—that Islam is necessarily authoritarian and capitalist; and that anarchism is necessarily anti-religious and anti-spiritual. Deeply rooted in key Islamic concepts and textual sources, and drawing on radical Indigenous, Islamic anarchistic and social movement discourses, Abdou proposes “Anarcha-Islam.”

Constructing a decolonial, non-authoritarian and non-capitalist Islamic anarchism, Islam and Anarchism philosophically and theologically challenges the classist, sexist, racist, ageist, queerphobic and ableist inequalities in both post- and neo-colonial societies like Egypt, and settler-colonial societies such as Canada and the USA.


Author of Islam and Anarchism:

Mohamed Abdou, Global Racial Justice Postdoctoral Fellow, Einaudi Center


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The “Author Meets Critics” forum stages scholarly conversations around the Einaudi Center’s research priority areas: Inequalities, Identities, and Justice and Democratic Threats and Resilience.


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Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Anthropology, History, Government, Sociology, Africana Studies and Research Center, Diversity, American Studies Program, Comparative Muslim Societies Program, Center for Intercultural Dialogue, American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, Institute for Comparative Modernities (ICM), Center for the Study of Inequality, Global Cornell, Religious Studies Program, Critical Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Studies


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Author: Professor Mohamed Abdou, Global Racial Justice Postdoctoral Fellow, Einaudi Center for International Studies. Discussants: Durba Ghosh (History), Seema Golestaneh (Near Eastern Studies), and Jolene Rickard (History of Art and Visual Studies).

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