Abstract: Prof Said Arjomand discusses the implications of Weber’s two early methodological essays for a historical sociology of Islam as illustrated by Arjomand in a recent essay. The discussion will then narrow its focus to the political field by assessing the relevance of Max Weber’s political sociology, as summarized in his essay “Politics as Vocation” for all research projects on contemporary politics. The SFM participants will bring in their own research experience to the discussion.
Prof Said Arjomand is currently the Editor of the Journal of Persianate Studies. Arjomand won the Section’s Award for the Best Essay in Comparative and Historical Sociology in 1993. This was followed by "The Law, Agency and Policy in Medieval Islamic Society: Development of the Institutions of Learning from the Tenth to the Fifteenth Century," Comparative Studies in Society and History, 41.2 (1999). He had recently edited two books on comparative constitutionalism: Constitutionalism and Political Reconstruction, Brill, 2007, and Constitutional Politics in the Middle East, Hart Publishing, 2008. He was the Crane Inaugural Fellow in Law and Public Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, and a Carnegie Scholar (2006 - 2008). Arjomand is currently Director of the Stony Brook Institute for Global Studies.