Islamic Visibilities in Public Spaces

Nilufer Göle
Islam as a Social Imaginary
October 14, 2003, 3:30:00PM, 206 Ingraham
Islamism as a Vountary Adoption of Stigma Symbols
October 15, 2003, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
October 16, 2003, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Nilüfer Göle is Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, and formerly Professor of Sociology at Bogazici (Bosphorous) University in Istanbul. A prominent Turkish scholar, Professor Göle is a leading authority on the political movement of today's educated, urbanized, religious Muslim women. She is the author of The Forbidden Modern: Civilization and Veiling, which examines the complex relationships among modernity, religion, and gender relations in the Middle East. Her sociological approach, employing a number of personal interviews, allows for both a detailed case study of young Turkish women who are turning to the tenets of fundamental Islamist gender codes, and for a broader critique of Eurocentrism and the academic literature regarding the construction of meaning. Both perspectives serve as a springboard for the launching of theoretical innovations into feminist, religious, cultural, and area studies.