Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles
This lecture traces how interactions between Christian missionaries and Muslim religious entrepreneurs led to the foundation of Muslim evangelical organizations. Drawing on case studies from India, the United States, and Japan between the early 19th and mid-20th century, the lecture uses the model of religious economy to analyze the innovative and adaptive methods by which Muslim religious entrepreneurs formed new organizations of ultimately global reach. Focusing on print technology and missionary organization, it shows how these new Muslim ‘religious firms’ were new hybrid organizations that represent typical products of the Islamic experience of globalization.
Nile Green is a historian of the multiple globalizations of Islam and Muslims. His writings span the domains of global, social, religious, cultural and literary history. His most recent book, The Love of Strangers, reconstructs the beginning of modern Muslim-European exchange by following the first Middle Eastern students to study in Europe. Earlier books have explored such broad topics as the emergence of industrialized religious economies in the nineteenth century Indian Ocean, Atlantic and Pacific; the world history of Sufism; the making of the world’s largest Muslim community in India/Pakistan; and the Muslim soldiers of the British Empire. His current work explores how both Muslim and European liberal intellectuals overlooked the rise of Islamism in their midst.
“The Making of Muslim Evangelism: Islam in the Religious Marketplace from America to Japan”
Thursday Oct. 27 5:30 pm, MacLaurin D110
“Religious Economy and Global History”
Friday Oct. 28 10:30 am, Sedgwick C168
Nile Green 2015. “Buddhism, Islam and the Religious Economy of Colonial Burma. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 46: 175-204.
Nile Green. 2015. “Introduction” in Green, N. Terrains of Exchange: Religious Economies of Global Islam. Oxford University Press, 1-40.