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AALIMS-NYUAD Conference on the Political Economy of the Muslim World

Date: February 16-17, 2019

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Location: NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, NYUAD

All sessions are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

2019 Annual Conference Organizing Committee

Timur Kuran (Duke University)

Christopher Paik (NYUAD), co-chair

Melina Platas (NYUAD), co-chair


Day 1: Saturday, February 16, 2019

12:30-1:25 LUNCH (Torch Club, D2)

1:25-3:00pm Misperceived Norms and Patterns

Chair: Timur Kuran (Duke University)

Jeremy Menchik (Boston University) and Thomas Pepinsky (Cornell University),
“Islam, Identity, and the Organizational Roots of Political Tolerance”

Avital Livny (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign),
“Using Remote Sensing to Estimate Religiosity in the Muslim World: An Initial Assessment in Turkish Case”

3:00-3:30 BREAK (A6 Atrium)

3:30-5:45 Historical Roles of Islamic Institutions

Chair: Lisa Blaydes (Stanford University)

Vincent Bauer (Stanford University), Melina Platas (NYUAD), and Jeremy Weinstein (Stanford University),
“Historical Legacies of Islam in Africa”

Asli Cansunar (University of Oxford) and Timur Kuran (Duke University),
“Economic Harbingers of Political Modernization: Evolving Anatomy of Power in Ottoman Istanbul, 1600-1839”

Samuel Bazzi (Boston University), Gabriel Koehler-Derrick (Harvard University), and Benjamin Marx (Sciences Po),
“The Institutional Foundations of Religious Politics: Evidence from Indonesia”


Day 2: Sunday, February 17, 2019

8:30-10:00 Constructing Hegemony

Chair: Tahir Andrabi (Pomona College and LUMS School of Education)

Faisal Z. Ahmed (Princeton University),
“The Institutional Legacy of Islamic Conquest”

Lisa Blaydes (Stanford University) and Christopher Paik (NYUAD),
“The Global Economic Order before (and after) Western Hegemony: Chinese-Middle Eastern Trade from the Silk Road to the ‘Belt and Road Initiative'”

10:00-10:15 BREAK (A6 Atrium)

10:15-12:30 Public Goods

Chair: Thomas Pepinsky (Cornell University)

Melani Cammett (Harvard University), Poulomi Chakrabarti (Brown University) and David Romney (Harvard University),
“Accountability in Intergroup Relations: Hindu-Muslim Cooperation in Public Goods Provision in Indian Slum Communities”

Tuğba Bozçağa (MIT) and Fotini Christia (MIT),
“Imams and Bureaucrats: Gulenist Service Provision in Turkey”

Tentative: Tahir Andrabi (Pomona College and LUMS School of Education),
“Choosing between Secular and Islamic Schools”

12:30-1:30 LUNCH (Torch Club, D2)

1:30-3:00 Development and Violence

Chair: Melani Cammett (Harvard University)

Christine Binzel (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg and CEPR) and Rajesh Ramachandran (Heidelberg University),
“Vernacularization and Economic Development”

Yael Zeira (University of Mississippi) and Nadav G. Shelef (University of Wisconsin, Madison),
“International Recognition and Support for Violence among Nonpartisans”

3:00:30 BREAK

3:30-5:00 Islam and Innovation

Chair: Melina Platas (NYUAD)

Francesco Cinnirella (University of Southern Denmark), Alireza Naghavi (University of Bologna) and Giovanni Prarolo (University of Bologna),
“Islam, Human Capital, and Innovation in Historical Spain”

Justin Stearns (NYUAD),
“The Status of the Natural Sciences in the Early Modern Muslim World: the Case of Morocco”