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CAIS welcomes a specialist in Islamic Studies, Social Theory and Globalisation

The ANU Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies is delighted to welcome Professor Armando Salvatore to its academic staff. Professor Salvatore is a distinguished scholar in the fields of Islamic Studies, Social Theory and Globalisation and Culture who will add a new dimension to the CAIS academic program.

Professor Salvatore is a sociologist whose work focuses on the intersection of several social sciences, including political science, anthropology and history. In discussing his work, Professor Salvatore emphasised the importance of the social sciences to Islamic Studies. He said his work in Modern Islamic Studies covers the entire Middle East and the interconnections with the ‘Islamic world’. His work is methodologically grounded within the social sciences while it retains a historical perspective, as this allows for a greater understanding and depth to issues.

Professor Salvatore said it is important to recognise that the contemporary Middle East has been over the last few centuries the site of competing paths to modernity, namely endogenous and exogenous, as well as precolonial, colonial and postcolonial. Professor Salvatore suggests an approach envisioning multiple and entangled modernities, if we are to free the thematic field of 'Islam and Modernity' from common misconceptions based on univocal and synchronic ideas of modernisation, which have never existed in real, complex, continuously changing societies, including those of the Middle East.

This semester, Professor Salvatore will teach two courses in the post-graduate program: 'Islam and Modernity' (MEAS8125) and 'Approaches to the Study of Modern Muslim Societies' (MEAS8121). His teaching will be focused within the Master of Islam in the Modern World; however, students from other programs are welcome to enrol in his courses as their programs permit.


Armando Salvatore is a sociologist of religion, culture and communication who has taught at Humboldt University, Berlin, the Oriental Studies University, Naples (L’Orientale), and McGill University, Montreal. He earned his PhD from the European University Institute, Florence, in 1994 and his professorial habilitation from Humboldt University, Berlin in 2006. He has held research fellowships at the Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (University of Leiden), the Institute for the Advanced Study in the Humanities (University of Duisburg-Essen), the Humboldt Center for Social and Political Research (Humboldt University, Berlin), the Asia Research Institute (National University of Singapore), and The Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies 'Multiple Secularities - Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities' of the University of Leipzig.

Salvatore’s work emphasises connectedness, comparison and theory. His current project focuses on the notion of the 'civilising process' in the Islamic ecumene and on the interaction between religious traditions and secular cultures. He has just completed the book The Sociology of Islam. Knowledge, Power and Civility which is intended to be the first volume in a trilogy and has been published by Wiley-Blackwell at the beginning of 2016. He is also editing the Wiley-Blackwell History of Islam, a new reference work condensing historical, comparative and sociological perspectives on the study of Islam, due to appear by the end of 2017.

His most recent books (authored, edited, or co-edited) are Rethinking the Public Sphere Through Transnationalizing Processes (2013), Islam and Modernity: Key Issues and Debates (2009), The Public Sphere: Liberal Modernity, Catholicism, Islam (2007, pb 2010), Islam in Process: Historical and Civilizational Perspectives (2006), Religion, Social Practice, and Contested Hegemonies (2005) and Public Islam and the Common Good (2004, pb 2007).

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