Mohammed Bamyeh on Lifeworlds of Islam: The Pragmatics of a Religion

28 Jan 2021


Dr. Mohammed Bamyeh, Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh will present on his book Lifeworlds of Islam: The Pragmatics of a Religion.

How do ancient ideas continue to appear relevant in a modern world? In Lifeworlds of Islam: The Pragmatics of a Religion (Oxford UP, 2019), Mohammad Bamyeh shows that Islam has lived on not because of any standard dogmas, but because it served as a compass for practical individual orientations or “lifeworlds.” The text maps out how Muslims have employed the faith to foster global networks, public philosophies, and engaged civic lives.

While the empirical focus is on Islam, the theoretical question is larger. The preoccupations of ordinary Muslims—how to imagine a global society, how to guide life in the manner of a total philosophy, and how to relate to the world of daily struggles—are neither unique to the present period nor to religious life. But the exploration of religious life allows us to understand something beyond religion: the nature of global citizenship; the philosophical needs of ordinary individuals; and the ethical values that foster social participation.

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Event Date: 
Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Sponsored By: 
Humanities Center, University of Pittsburgh
Target Audience: 
Higher Education
Presenter Type: 
Faculty of Institution