Carnegie Corporation Announces 2007 Carnegie Scholars
CARNEGIE SCHOLARS PROGRAM CONTINUES FOCUS ON ISLAMIC SCHOLARSHIP: LARGEST CLASS YET
Today, Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, announced that twenty-one Carnegie Scholars have been chosen. Each member of the new class will receive grants of up to $100,000 to work themes relating to Islam and the modern world over the next two years. This is the third class of Carnegie Scholars to focus on Islam.
The goal of the Corporation's emphasis on one topic is to build a body of thoughtful and original scholarship to encourage the development and expansion of the study of Islam in the United States.
This year's scholars were selected from an array of universities and institutions, indicating that Islamic studies is a growing area of interest among American academics.
“This class of scholars will continue to enlighten and engage the public and become part of the national conversation about critical issues relating to Islam in this country and around the world,” says Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation, “We are certain their research will continue to expand and deepen the range of knowledge and understanding about Islam as a religion and about the cultures and communities of Muslim societies.”
The 2007 class of scholars reflects diverse professional, ethnic and geographical backgrounds. This year many scholars are studying the Muslim diaspora in Asia, Europe and Africa. The range of fields includes gender studies, law, religion, science, history, sociology, international relations, politics, anthropology, economics, human rights and art.
The twenty-one Carnegie Scholars for 2007, their institutions and research titles are:
Lila Abu-Lughod, Columbia University
Do Muslim Women Have Rights? The Ethics and Politics of Muslim Women’s Rights in an International Field
Beth Baron, City College and Graduate Center of the City University of New York
In Their Own Image: Americans and Middle Eastern Muslim Women
Ahmad Dallal, Georgetown University
Islam, Science and the Challenge of History
Eric Davis, Rutgers University
Islam and the Formation of Political Identities in Post-Ba’ thist Iraq: Implications for a Democratic Transition
Finbarr Barry Flood, New York University
The Trouble with Images: “Cartoon Wars” in Context
Frank Griffel, Yale University
The Continuation of the Philosophical Tradition Within Muslim Theology
Robert W. Hefner, Boston University
Islamic Education and Democratization in Indonesia
Charles Hirschkind, University of California, Berkeley
The “Moorish Problem” and the Politics of Multiculturalism in Spain
Engseng Ho, Harvard University
Empires through Diasporic Eyes: The U.S., Militant Islamism, Indian Ocean Precedents
Jytte Klausen, Brandeis University
European Muslims and the Secularization of Islam
Ricardo René Larémont, State University of New York at Binghamton
Islamic Law and Politics in Nigeria, 1804-2007
Saba Mahmood, University of California, Berkeley
Defining the Secular in the Modern Middle East
Khalid M. Medani, McGill University
Joining Jihad: A Comparative Political Economy of Islamist Militancy and Recruitment
Ali Mirsepassi, New York University
Western Influence on Political Islam
Tamir Moustafa, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Islamic Law and Legal Contention in Egypt, Pakistan and Malaysia
David S. Powers, Cornell University
Wifely (Dis)obedience in Muslim Societies
Megan Reid, University of Southern California
Punishment and Appropriate Justice in Islamic Societies
Omid Safi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Reforming Islam in the “Axis of Evil”: Contesting Islam in Post-Revolutionary Iran
Kristen A. Stilt, The University of Washington
“Islam is the Religion of My State”: A Study of the Competing Interpretations of Widespread Constitutional Provision in the Muslim World
Leonardo A. Villalón, The University of Florida
Negotiating Democracy in Muslim Contexts: Political Liberalization and Religious Mobilization in the West African Sahel
Ibrahim A. Warde, Tufts University
Financial Practices and Networks in Islamic Countries: Implications for the Financial War on Terror
Under the leadership of Vartan Gregorian, Carnegie Corporation launched the Carnegie Scholars Program in 1999 to support innovative and path-breaking scholarship on issues related to Corporation program areas. In 2005 the program was focused specifically on Islam because the Corporation believed that developing a deeper understanding of Islam and the modern world was of vital importance. Candidates for the fellowships are first identified by a distinguished group of nominators, then are evaluated and selected in a competitive process by a committee of Carnegie Corporation program leaders and external advisors. This year's class joins a group of 103 Carnegie Scholars who have been selected annually since 2000.
“We are seeing some interesting scholarship relating to Islam and imagery and the shaping of public perceptions, as well as ethical dimensions of science as it relates to Islam in this year’s class,” says Patricia L. Rosenfield, who leads the Carnegie Scholars Program. “We are excited about the new, vibrant and innovative ideas that will be expanded by our new Carnegie Scholars.”
Carnegie Corporation of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote “the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” For over 95 years the Corporation has carried out Carnegie's vision of philanthropy by building on his two major concerns: international peace and advancing education and knowledge. As a grantmaking foundation, the Corporation will invest more than $90 million this year in nonprofits to fulfill Mr. Carnegie’s mission, “to do real and permanent good in this world.” The Corporation's capital fund, originally donated at a value of about $135 million, had a market value of $2.5 billion on September 30, 2006.
Details on each Scholar's project follow.
Professor of Anthropology
New York, NY
Title: Do Muslim Women Have Rights? The Ethics and Politics of Muslim Women’s Rights in an International Field
Abu-Lughod will address the ethical and political dilemmas posed by the internationalization of discourse on Muslim women’s rights. Her research will focus on pivotal questions about how the rights of Muslim women can be discussed without contributing to arguments common in today's debates about the “clash of civilizations” and associated political, economic and military agendas. Drawing on her nearly 30 years experience as an anthropologist studying Muslim women in the Arab world, she will analyze the way that arguments couched in language of women’s rights tend to become compromised in the global political and culture fields in which they are discussed. She will explore questions such as: Do Muslim women need saving? What is the relationship between religion and women’s rights? Who has the power to define women’s rights? How do those definitions circulate globally? How do new feminist legal categories, such as the “honor crime” so often associated with Muslim societies, come to frame social phenomena, highlighting certain issues and occluding others? Using ethnographic, literary, and historical research, Abu-Lughod will aim to answer these questions, conducting fieldwork in Egypt, Jordan, and the United States. Her scholarship will result in a book intended to reach both scholarly and public audiences.
Professor of History
City College and Graduate Center
City University of New York
New York, NY
Title: In Their Own Image: Americans and Middle Eastern Muslim Women
Baron will explore a trajectory of American proselytizing, modernizing, and democratizing projects that targeted Middle Eastern girls and women over a century-and-a-half. Baron contrasts this with Muslim women's responses to these projects and their own activist agendas. She will examine how attempts by American missionaries and experts to remake Middle Eastern Muslim women in a Western image resulted in a mixed record, at times generating a backlash that undermined their limited successes. Building on her past research on women's movements and nationalism in Egypt, Baron will look at the encounter of Americans with Middle Eastern Muslim women around the specific issues of education, family planning, and empowerment in countries across the Middle East. She will use integrative and comparative historical research techniques to produce a book for practitioners, policymakers, and the general public who are interested in an analysis of American interventions in the Muslim world.
Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Title: Islam, Science and the Challenge of History
Dallal will examine the ways in which the past is used in the construction of modern Islamic discourse on the relationship between science and religion. By juxtaposing modern views to historical traditions, Dallal will trace the evolution of the contemporary Islamic attitude towards science and elucidate some of the factors shaping this process in modern times. The first part of his research will analyze Islamic articulations of the relationship in such fields as theology, Quranic exegesis, classification of the sciences, and philosophy. Dallal will also examine classical scientific and religious texts to illuminate how the sciences were classified in order to separate them from the religious disciplines, and will trace discontinuities between the classical and modern articulations of the relationship between Islam and science. Dallal will prepare a book aimed at reaching historians of Islamic culture and a larger audience interested in learning more about the ethical and epistemological dilemmas and challenges Muslims face regarding modern scientific and technological developments.
Professor of Political Science
New Brunswick, NJ
Title: Islam and the Formation of Political Identities in Post-Ba’thist Iraq: Implications for a Democratic Transition.
Davis will explore the rise of radical Islamist movements and sectarian politics in post-Ba’thist Iraq, especially since the 1990s, giving particular attention to the causes underlying both support for and opposition to sectarianism among prominent clerics, tribal leaders and political actors. He will also analyze the attitudes and behavior of Iraqi youth to determine whether the new generation supports sectarianism and to better comprehend its understandings of Islam. Davis aims to make an in-depth, multi-variate contribution to the understanding of the rise of sectarian identities in Iraq, hypothesizing that sectarian violence is due more to institutional and economic collapse than “ancient hatreds.” He intends to develop a conceptual framework based on concepts of religion and ethnicity, which will incorporate ideas promoted by clerics who support moderate interpretations of Islam, and which will be used to examine attitudes on the relationship between Islam and politics among clerics in the Sunni and Shi'i Arab and Kurdish communities. Davis’ work will provide a more analytical basis for understanding the level of support for sectarian identities among high-ranking Iraqi officials, clerics, and youth. His research will result in a book aimed at academic audiences and the broader public in the Middle East and non-Western world as well as the West.
FINBARR BARRY FLOOD
Assistant Professor of Art History
New York University
New York, NY
Title: The Trouble with Images: “Cartoon Wars” in Context
Flood, an assistant professor in the Department of Fine Arts, has authored The Great Mosque of Damascus, and Objects of Translation: Material Culture and “Hindu-Muslim” Encounter, 800-1200. He has been a research fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art and the Getty Research Institute. As a Carnegie Scholar, he will write a history of debates over the nature and status of images in the Islamic world. Flood will explore the impact of these debates on the production and reception of images in the Islamic world, combining textual analysis with empirical study of ceramics, metalwork, inscriptions, and manuscripts in order to consider the ways in which artists have negotiated questions of artistry, agency, and proscription. A particular concern of the study will be the ways in which the relationship between Islam and images has figured in Euro-American representations of Islam. This historical survey will provide a context for analyses of contemporary instances of image destruction in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the recent controversy over the Danish caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
Associate Professor of Islamic Studies
New Haven, CT
Title: The Continuation of the Philosophical Tradition Within Muslim Theology
Griffel’s research will critically examine the role philosophical learning played in the period of Muslim history after the “Golden Age.” Griffel’s research will build on recent research challenging the belief in Western scholarship that Islam had abandoned philosophical thinking during the late Middle Ages. He will explore how the teaching tradition of philosophy, falsafa, became an integral part of mainstream Muslim theology and its legal discourse. The focus of his work will be on the earliest period of integration of philosophy into Muslim theology and legal thought during the 12th and early 13th centuries in the Muslim Middle East. Through an analysis of primary texts, Griffel will reconstruct the theological and philosophical systems during the period from 1100 to 1258 and evaluate how philosophical scholarship during that period shaped the whole Islamic tradition. His research findings will be drawn together into a book that aims to bring modern understanding to the ways Western intellectuals perceive Islam, its history and its future developments.
ROBERT W. HEFNER
Professor of Anthropology
Title: Islamic Education and Democratization in Indonesia
Hefner will focus his research on the educational dynamism of Islam in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country. His research will examine the ways in which social and political developments since 1990 have given rise to rival varieties of Islamic education, including the largest mass-based program for civic and democratic education in the Muslim world. He will analyze how these rival models of religious schooling present issues of pluralism, gender, and democracy. He will also examine the implications of the Indonesian example for political and educational reform in the broader Muslim world. The research is based on classroom, ethnographic and survey materials gathered during research visits to Indonesia since 1999. The resulting book is intended to reach both the academic and public audiences, as well as policy analysts working on issues of pluralism, education, and democratization.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of California, Berkeley
Title: The “Moorish Problem” and the Politics of Multiculturalism in Spain
Hirschkind's project is a study of the different ways in which Europe's Islamic past inhabits its present, unsettling contemporary efforts to secure Europe's Christian civilizational identity. Taking southern Spain as his focus, Hirschkind will analyze the social and political processes that mediate and sustain an active relation to Europe's Islamic heritage, and the potential impact these processes have on forms of cooperation and responsibility linking Muslim immigrants, Spanish converts, and Andalusian Catholics as subjects of Europe. Hirschkind's research involves both historical analysis of the political and legal frameworks regulating the status of religious minorities in contemporary Spain, as well as ethnographic fieldwork with Andalusian officials, lawyers, activists, Spanish converts to Islam, and Muslim immigrants residing in and around the city of Granada. By exploring some of the fissures within contemporary narratives of Europe's Judeo-Christian identity, this project contributes to the contested place assigned to Islam and Muslims in contemporary debates about religious pluralism in western societies.
Frederick S. Danzinger Associate Professor of Anthropology and of Social Studies
Title: Empires through Diasporic Eyes: The U.S., Militant Islamism, Indian Ocean Precedents
It is widely believed that the current challenge posed by militant Islamism to the U.S. is without precedent; thus history provides no guide to the new world of globalized guerrilla warfare that is jihad, and states need new laws, weapons, powers and ideas. Yet over the past half-millennium of Western predominance, successive hegemonic powers—the Portuguese, Dutch, English, and now Americans— have been opposed by Muslims led or inspired by diasporic Arabs originating from Arabia. Ho's project seeks to understand the broader social basis of these episodic contests by assessing how and when local grievances against specific instances of imperial expansion came to be expressed and represented in international Islamic terms by diasporic Arab Muslims. The research will focus on leading figures such as Zayn al-Din al-Malibari, Sayyid Fadl, Abd al-Rahman al-Zahir and Usama bin Ladin, interpreted in the context of long-term relations between diasporic Arab Muslims and western empires across the Indian Ocean. The project frames the ongoing conflict between the United States and militant Islamist groups led or inspired by Usama bin Ladin within this history of both contest and co-operation, thus questioning the assumption that the current challenge posed by militant Islamism to the U.S. is without precedent. Ho's study will result in a book intended for the academic, public and policymaking communities.
Associate Professor of Politics
Title: European Muslims and the Secularization of Islam
Klausen’s research will identify overlapping areas of consensus and dissent between Muslim faith groups and public policy makers in Britain, France, Germany and Belgium, countries that pursued policies designed to achieve a measure of control over the teaching of Islam, mosque management, and the role of imams in the mosque and society. Her study focuses on recent experiments in the development of new legal and funding frameworks for Islamic faith institutions and the perceived attempt to secularize Islamic religious expression. She will also examine the European requirement that Muslim faith communities marginalize radical and extremist theology, a particularly contested issue. Klausen’s study will incorporate a cross-national comparison of the ongoing dialogues between mosque associations and the governments of each of the four countries. The resulting book will reach a wide audience of scholars, policymakers and the public.
RICARDO RENÉ LARÉMONT
Professor of Political Science and Sociology
State University of New York at Binghamton
Title: Islamic Law and Politics in Nigeria, 1804-2007
Laremont will examine Islamic law and political movements in Nigeria in order to address the larger question of how to create a stable polity in religiously mixed societies. His research will focus on the role of Islam and Islamic law in three important political issues: the conferral of partial or total legitimacy to governments; mass mobilization of the population for political action; and the possibilities for intra-religious and inter-religious reconciliation within the state. His study will analyze and critique prevailing work on the meaning of Islam and other religious experiences within the context of Nigerian politics. He will also address the broader question of whether Nigeria’s attempts at inter-religious convivencia can provide lessons that can be applied to societies and states beyond Nigeria, such as the Sudan, Kosovo or East Timor. The resulting book will help inform public policy debates on Muslim-Christian rapprochement as well as institution building across religious divides.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
University of California, Berkeley
Title: Defining the Secular in the Modern Middle East
Mahmood's research is a comparative study of how secularism has been promoted and contested in two Muslim majority societies, Lebanon and Egypt, in the post-colonial period. In both these contexts, secularism has increasingly come to be seen as a prophylaxis against the ascendance of religious strife and political struggle. Despite this widely held consensus, it is unclear what secularism means within these two national contexts, both conceptually and practically, given their distinct demographic, political, and religious profiles. Mahmood's historical and ethnographic study will analyze: (a) how secularism has come to be understood differentially in light of the state's regulation of religious life in these two societies; and (b) how Muslim religious scholars and ordinary believers have come to both accommodate and challenge various ethical and political dimensions of the secularization process. Her work will result in a series of articles and a book that aim to provide a nuanced and in-depth analysis of different traditions of Muslim secular politics in the Middle East.
KHALID M. MEDANI
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Islamic Studies
McGill University Quebec, Canada
Title: Joining Jihad: A Comparative Political Economy of Islamist Militancy and Recruitment
Medani's research will focus on the economic and political conditions that have led to the rise of different forms of mobilization and recruitment of Islamic fundamentalists and militants in Egypt, Sudan and Somalia. His work will examine the informal institutional arrangements that have given rise to new, and variable, forms of Islamist politics in the context of declining state capacity. The research will concentrate on the expansion of the hawwalat, unregulated Islamic welfare organizations, and the role of Ahali, or private mosques, in providing an environment conducive for recruitment of young militants under very specific contexts. Through an historical institutional analysis, building upon two-and-a-half years of ethnographic research, Medani will show how and why informal institutions and networks have oriented social and economic relations around Islamist, as well as ethnic, loyalties across different cases. By examining the precise local socioeconomic and cultural conditions that give rise to militant recruitment in a comparative fashion, Medani's work will contribute to the understanding of what attracts young Muslims to these organizations in a way that does not begin with a monolithic view of Islam as the explanation, and broadens our knowledge about which specific types of informal networks are (or are not) conducive to the rise of militancy. The resulting book is intended to reach the academic and policymaking communities.
Professor of Middle Eastern Studies
New York University
New York, New York
Title: Western Influence on Political Islam
Mirsepassi will examine the Western intellectual trends, specifically the work of Nietzsche and Heidegger, that have shaped the principle ideological formation of the Islamist critique of modernity, arguing that it is exclusively secular and inherently hostile to non-secular ideas. He will explore the emphasis that has been placed on the religious quality of political Islam, which has led to a scholarly blindness concerning “non-Islamic ideas” in the development of Islamist ideology. By highlighting the historical diversity of intellectual trends in the West, he will seek to offer an alternative democratic narrative of modernity by looking in-depth at models of democratic social change that incorporate religious and cultural sensibilities. With a special focus on Iranian intellectuals, Mirsepassi will situate the rise of political Islam in contemporary social and cultural contests in a way that may be relevant for modeling alternative paradigms for Islamic democracy in the contemporary world.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Title: Islamic Law and Legal Contention in Egypt, Pakistan and Malaysia
In the 1970s and early 1980s, Egypt’s Anwar Sadat, Pakistan’s Zia ul-Haq, and Malaysia’s Mahathir Muhammad introduced new constitutional provisions to Islamize their states. In what is now a familiar pattern throughout the Muslim World, the three leaders sought to harness the legitimating power of Islamic symbolism and discourse in order to bolster the religious credentials of their regimes vis-à-vis emerging Islamist movements. But rather than shoring up state legitimacy and national unity, the introduction of new constitutional provisions opened a new forum of political contestation. Constitutional provisions enshrining both Islamic law and secular, liberal rights protections lay the seeds for legal friction, and courtrooms quickly became important sites of contention between groups with competing visions for their states and societies. Moustafa will study how these high-profile cases generate transformative effects far beyond the courtroom by sparking national debates and shaping public perceptions. He seeks to understand how Islamist litigation provokes and shapes competing conceptions of national/religious identity, resolves or exacerbates contending visions of Islamic law, and ultimately bolsters or undermines public perceptions of government legitimacy. The project will result in a book aimed at both the public and policymaking communities, in addition to engaging scholars interested in the intersection of comparative law, politics and religion.
DAVID S. POWERS
Professor of Near Eastern Studies
Title: Wifely (Dis)obedience in Muslim Societies
Powers will analyze the religio-cultural notion of nushuz or wifely (dis)obedience in Muslim societies. Using his background as an historian, he will explain how the understanding of domestic relations, with special attention to domestic violence, has varied across time and space in different Muslim societies. His study will focus on three time periods: the emergence of nushuz in the Qur'an, sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, and legal texts; historical practices relating to this concept as documented in court cases and fatwas issued between 1200 and 1800; and contemporary debates relating to wifely (dis)obedience. In the book that results from his study, Powers will situate the contemporary debate over wifely (dis)obedience in it historical context, thereby demonstrating how the study of the past can not only enrich our understanding of the present but also qualify or dispel claims and stereotypes about the status of Muslim women today.
Assistant Professor of Religion
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
Title: Punishment and Appropriate Justice in Islamic Societies
Reid’s research will investigate concepts of punishment in Sunni Islam within the context of their sacred beginnings. Because certain punishments have sacred authority, it is assumed that violent forms of punishment are inherent to Islamic society. Reid will study the logic behind these forms of punishments and the ways in which the level of shock they inspire relates to their symbolic value. She will examine how religious punishments have been implemented to different degrees over time in Islamic communities. Reid argues that the case for violent justice cannot be found in Qur’anic passages but rather in successive generations of those who interpret Islamic legal texts, resulting in evolving and fluid notions of appropriate justice. Her analysis will include the study of past and present attitudes of Muslim judges and legal scholars regarding corporal and capital punishments as well as the imagery of those punishments and their capacity to shock and satisfy. Reid will collaborate with scholars in the Islamic world who work in law, sociology and criminal justice to discuss modern ideas of proportional punishment She intends that her research, which will form the basis of a book, will shed light on how Islamic societies today understand changing conceptions of fair punishment and also notions of clemency.
Associate Professor of Islamic Studies
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
Title: Reforming Islam in the “Axis of Evil”: Contesting Islam in Post-Revolutionary Iran
Through this research endeavor, Safi aims to raise the level of American public knowledge and scholarly engagement with the role of Islam in post-revolutionary Iran, which offers a holistic view of a modern, pluralistic Muslim society. His native fluency in Persian and Arabic and deep understanding of the reformist debate in Iran today inform his work in mapping the intellectual heirs of the Iranian reform movement situated against the context reaching from Khomeini to Ahmadinejad. The dominant themes pursued by Safi will include pluralism, hermeneutics, gender debates, and democracy. His research will focus on recent and contentious debates between Abdolkarim Soroush, the current intellectual face of reform in Iran, and more conservative thinkers. He will also go through the important reformists (Kadivar, Shabestari, Ebadi), etc., who have emerged after Soroush. Through interviews with some of the country’s most significant contemporary thinkers, Safi will bring to light the distinctive features of their writings and speeches to provide a more nuanced insight into their intellectual and religious worldviews. His research will culminate in a book that will reach both academic and public audiences.
KRISTEN A. STILT
Assistant Professor of Law
The University of Washington
Title: “Islam is the Religion of My State”: A Study of the Competing Interpretations of a Widespread Constitutional Provision in the Muslim World.
Stilt will study how political actors view, and seek to implement, the relationship between Islam and the state in three countries: Morocco, Egypt, and Malaysia. As in many countries in the Muslim world, the constitutions of the three countries she will study include the provision that “Islam is the official religion of the state.” This clause, which Stilt calls the “establishment clause,” is a significant rhetorical site for debates about the place of Islam in the state. She will address the crucial question of how actors articulate and advance their agendas with the use of the establishment clause as legal authority. Stilt intends to reach scholars and policymakers both in the United States and the countries she is studying.
LEONARDO A. VILLALÓN
Associate Professor of Political Science
The University of Florida
Title: Negotiating Democracy in Muslim Contexts: Political Liberalization and Religious Mobilization in the West African Sahel
Villalón will focus his research on the establishment of democratic regimes in the context of Muslim societies in the Sahelian West African countries of Mali, Senegal and Niger. The study of these cases will consider the following question: How can states with an official ideology of secularism, and led by a Francophone elite strongly committed to that notion, govern Islamic and increasingly religious and mobilized populations within the parameters of democratic political institutions? His research will analyze the intersection of political reforms via the formulation of new legal and institutional frameworks with the mobilization of religious movements attempting to shape these processes. His research will examine how the democratic debate is framed, pursued and negotiated in a context of discussion and negotiation with religious groups on various points of contention in each case. Villalón's scholarship builds on his previous research on the politics of Islam and on democratization in West Africa, and will result in a book accessible to the public, policymakers and the academic community.
IBRAHIM A. WARDE
Adjunct Professor of International Business
Title: Financial Practices and Networks in Islamic Countries: Implications for the Financial War on Terror
Warde will research a cluster of savings and credit practices related to elucidating the economic and financial dimensions of terrorist networks. The cluster will cover such aspects as formal, informal, and underground economies, including those of refugee camps and charities, smuggling routes, and financial and other networks. He will examine the financial systems in Islamic countries covering Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. His underlying assumption is that financial and regulatory cultures in the Islamic world are embedded within religious institutions as well as political and cultural contexts that cannot be changed overnight. Warde will investigate how strict financial controls regimes can be so easily circumvented in the attempts to stymie terrorist and other nefarious activities aided by such systems. His research will result in a book that will be accessible to the public and academic community.