History Department
History Department

IHS Workshop: ”Iqtisaduna and the Decolonization of Economics,” by Janine Jones, University of Texas at Austin

Mon, March 26, 2018 | GAR 4.100

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

About this workshop: This paper examines the early (1960s) reception of Shiite cleric Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr's major islamic economics work, Iqtisaduna (1961), comparing and contrasting responses from religious and secular intellectual circles. It argues that the reception of al-Sadr demonstrates both 1) the ubiquity of decoloniality in religious and secular Arab thought, and 2) the drive for economic reclamation on a cultural level as unifying transnational and intersectarian concepts in the Arabic-speaking world of the 1950s and 1960s.

Janine Jones (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2017) is a modern Arab intellectual historian focusing on the intersection of religious and intellectual thought, with special interest in economics and gender. Her dissertation examines the rise of Islamic finance in the Arabic-speaking world through the writings of Iraqi Shiite cleric Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr, arguing that Islamic finance gained resonance and regionwide appeal as a decolonial discourse. Among other awards, Janine is the recipient of several FLAS fellowships as well as a CAORC/CLS scholarship for Arabic language study. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in 2017-2018.

Tracie Matysik
Associate Professor of History
The University of Texas at Austin

Free and open to the public. RSVP required. To RSVP and receive a copy of the pre-circulated paper, please email Courtney by 9 a.m., Friday, March 23.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History

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