BRINFAITH Religion and Empire Lecture Series (June 30): Cemil Aydin - Making the Muslim World in the Age of Britain’s Steam and Print Initiative

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BRINFAITH Religion and Empire Lecture Series
Making the Muslim World in the Age of Britain’s Steam and Print Initiative 

Professor Cemil Aydin (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
Date/Time: Jun 30, 2021 09:30 am (HKT)
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European Imperialism during the long 19th century was characterized by increasing connectivity and mobility across Asia due to infrastructure grid of steamships and trains, telegraph lines and printing press. Symbolized by the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, this era of connectivity linking the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean also coincided with the growth of Muslim modernism and Pan-Islamic visions of solidarity. This paper revisits the period from the 1860s to the 1920s, retrospectively characterized as the high age of racialized empires, to explore how the era of steam and print contributed to the emergence of new geopolitical, religious and civilizational discourses on the Muslim World. The presentations will also discuss the legacies of this experience for the 20th century story of decolonization, internationalism, nationalism, and religious revival.  

About the speaker
Cemil Aydin is professor of international/global history at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Department of History. He studied at Boğaziçi University, İstanbul University, and the University of Tokyo before receiving his Ph.D. degree at Harvard University in 2002. Cemil Aydin’s publications include his book on the Politics of Anti-Westernism in Asia (Columbia University Press, 2007); The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History (Harvard University Press, Spring 2017); “Regions and Empires in Political History of the World, 1750-1924” in An Emerging Modern World, 1750-1870 (A History of the World, Book 4) Ed. by Jurgen Osterhammel and Sebastian Conrad (Harvard University Press, May 2018), pp: 33-277. 

This is an event organized by the CRF Project “Infrastructures of Faith: Religious Mobilities on the Belt and Road [BRINFAITH]” (RGC CRF HKU C7052-18G).

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