Emin Poljarevic

Emin Poljarevic
Uppsala University | UU · Faculty of Theology

Doctor of Philosophy
Researching topics straddling Sociology of Religion, Islamic Studies, Social Movements, and Systematic Theology

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Introduction
Emin Poljarevic, Associate professor, Sociology of Religion - - - Senior Lecturer in Islamic Theology and Philosophy - - - Research profile: https://uppsala.academia.edu/EminPoljarevic
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January 2013 - present
The University of Edinburgh
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Postdoctoral research
Education
September 2007 - July 2012
European University Institute
Field of study
  • Social and Political Sciences

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ISIS is the latest evolutionary stage of violence-oriented takfīrī-based mobilization that denotes a religiously inspired socio-political ideology that has spawned a militant organisation with a sustained, distinct, and largely unique set of millenarian beliefs and violent practices. This set of religious and political beliefs has gained traction i...
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Most new or wasati Islamist movements are moving toward recognition of citizenship rights, including the notions of equal civil rights, civic freedoms, and equal economic rights. This chapter presents an insight into the discourses of wasati (e.g. nonviolent and democratically oriented) Islamist social and political movements on citizenship in the...
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This article makes a limited attempt to explain a part of the reason why Malcolm X's radical activism for freedom, justice, and equality presumably resonates with a large number of disempowered people around the world today. The analysis presented herein is based on a modified understand­ ing of political theology that captures some of the appea...
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21 February 2020 marked the fifty-fifth year since the assassination of Malcolm X (1925–1965) .1 His lifework and activist legacy nevertheless still inspire a range of movements around the globe . His various names, photographs, video clips, and soundbites are often summoned and expressed in popular culture, radical politics, social and civil right...
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This book offers a broad, insightful, and reasonably comprehensive overview of the contemporary process of politicizing religious differences in the Middle East by contextualizing some of the most important contributing factors to the ongoing sociopolitical turmoil. Editors Hashemi and Postel, together with fourteen other researchers, critically ex...
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The main aim of this volume is to develop a theoretical explanation on the conditions under which and the mechanisms through which social movements’ struggles for democracy ends up into civil war. While the empirical evidence suggest that this is not a rare phenomenon, literature on social movements, democratizations and civil wars have grown quite...
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Andrea Mura offers an insightful contribution to put to rest some of the most persistent misconceptions that have cluttered scholarly debates on Islamism and other related topics. He does this through a methodically stimulating textual and conceptual analysis.
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In the minds of the general public, Salafism is a radical reactionary movement comprised of fundamentalists motivated by a nitpicking religious zeal. Bearing this in mind, one cannot help but wonder why some young Muslims are attracted to the supposed religio-anarchism and chaos that makes up its worldview. Despite the current mass-production of an...
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Ghobadzadeh’s book is a proposal for how to eman- cipate religion (i.e., Islam) from the confines of the state, especially the state’s control and totalizing tenden- cies. He hence reverses the commonly held perception that a nation state becomes genuinely modern only when divorced from religion. The focus is centered on Iran and its failure to eff...
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Sayyid demonstrates that the idea of Caliphate contains a far larger symbolic repertoire than that offered by political theorists. Through the broad examination of the historical usage of political concepts, cultural ideas, and ideological values, the book presents a multivariate range of Muslims’ claims that run against the hegemony of the ‘‘West....
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The new French documentary Les Salafistes (The Salafis) that premiered January 26, 2016, in a small number of French theaters offers iconographic imagery seldom seen in the public space: a string of interviews with some of the leading jihadist militants in Mali, Tunisia, Algeria, and Iraq coupled with ghastly images of violence perpetrated by milit...
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The debate about the compatibility of modernity and (the) Islamic tradition is, at this point, centuries old. This article analyzes some of its most recent expressions. The guiding question here is one about the meaning(s) of modernity and its impact on our general understanding of this particular religious tradition. We are often led to believe th...
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The debate about the compatibility of modernity and (the) Islamic tradition is, at this point, centuries old. This article analyzes some of its most recent expressions. The guiding question here is one about the meaning(s) of modernity and its impact on our general understanding of this particular religious tradition. We are often led to believe th...
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Contemporary Salafism is a multifaceted phenomenon that is increasingly receiving attention from scholars of sociology and religion in general and Islam in particular. This special issue is a part of this trend wherein we present a collection of case studies all focused on one or several important elements of Salafism in different socio-political c...
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Book review by Emin Poljarevic of Theorizing Islam: Disciplinary Deconstruction and Reconstruction, Aaron W. Hughes
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Salafis refer to their understanding of Islam as authentic. This claim has resonated well with a substantial number of young Muslims. The article sets out to identify this assertion’s main components and its appeal among Egyptian youth immediately before and after the 2011 popular revolt. In other words, what is specific in the Salafi approach to t...
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Roel Meijer’s edited Global Salafism: Islam’s New Religious Movement, one of the first collected works to broadly analyze contemporary Salafism as a global religious movement for English-speaking audiences, presents this movement as a string of methods for approaching Islam’s canonical sources. Its many methodological ambiguities and tactical class...
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This book is a collection of texts by Jeffrey C. Alexander, most of which have been previously published as book chapters or journal articles. Alexander sums up his ideas and criticisms of modern thought, which he divides into four elements: ‘philosophy, psychology, art and social engineering’ (p. 10). His focus is on the negative effects side of m...
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Islamist activism is on the rise across the Middle East and North Africa. In the light of the post-revolutionary elections in Egypt and Tunisia, Islamist parties are sweeping the polls supported by the overwhelming majority of voters. This dissertation investigates the dynamic of this support for the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. The explanation...
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Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue of Religions, titled “Political Theology: The Next Generation”. This Special Issue aims at exploring the range of political theologies within the broader scope of Abrahamitic traditions, where critiques and affirmations of, and alternatives to, the secular, liberal political order are presented. Your contribution could be in a form of a critical theological analysis of a political project, literary or theoretical text, broader political thought, or innovative conceptual framing. This Special Issue aims to encourage theoretically, philosophically, and theologically driven as well as potentially empirically grounded scholarship on the role of political theology in the development of social and political engagement among Christian, Islamic, Jewish, and other traditions. Submitted articles should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words. This limitation is inclusive of the main document, references, tables, and figures. These limitations do not include appendices that will be published online. Papers shorter or longer than the set limitations are likely to be rejected without review. The submitted papers are to follow the format and structure of published Religions articles. All manuscripts are subject to the standard double-blind peer-review process. When making your submission please select the option to designate the text as part of the ‘Political Theology Special Issue in Religions.’ https://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/special_issues/political_theology#editors In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include, and are not limited to, the following: Christian political theology (expressions, case studies). Islamic political theology (expressions, case studies). Jewish political theology (expressions, case studies). Critical political theology. Liberation theology and the political. Critical political theology. Political theology of sacrifice. Authentic political agency. Political theology in the postsecular age. The ultimate horizon in political theology. Political theology of justice. Radical political theology in the postsecular. Future of political theology. I am looking forward to receiving your contributions (Deadline 31 Dec. 2022) Dr. Emin Poljarevic Guest Editor