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Martyrdom in the Modern Islamic World


Martyrdom in the Modern Islamic World


December 15–16, 2017
Dean's Office, 1st floor, Room 01011


Friday, December 15, 2017

(lectures on Friday will be given in English)

3:45 pm

Keynote lecture
Lloyd Ridgeon (University of Glasgow)
A Clerical Martyr Between Reason and Revelation: Ahmad Qabel's Critique of Modern Shi'ism in Iran

4:45 pm

Session I: Shi’ite Dimensions of Martyrdom

Olmo Gölz (SFB 948 “Heroes – Heroizations – Heroisms”, Freiburg)
The Karbala Paradigm and the Iran-Iraq War – Struggle over Time and Space

Simon Fuchs (University of Freiburg)
The Appeal of Shi’i Conceptions of Martyrdom Among Sunni Groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Saturday, December 16, 2017

(lectures on Saturday will be given in German)

10:45 am

Session II: Videotestamente von Selbstmordattentäter_innen

Lecture and video screening, presented by
Verena Straub (SFB 1171 “Affective Societies”, FU Berlin)

11:15 am–
12:45 pm

Session III: Transdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf Märtyrervideos

Open forum, chaired and presented by

Christoph Günther (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)
Alexandra Dick (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)
Yorck Beese (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)


3:30 pm

Session IV: Secular Dimensions of Martyrdom

Sarah Stegemann (SFB 948 “Heroes – Heroizations – Heroisms”, Freiburg)
Die Säkularisierung des Martyriums bei Ahmad Kasravi

Alp Yenen (University of Basel)
Politisierung der lebenden Toten – Martyrium im türkischen Bürgerkrieg der 1970er Jahre

Liza Franke (University of Göttingen)
In Front of the Doors of Paradise – Discourses of Female Self-Sacrifice, Martyrdom and Resistance in Palestine