Muslim Studies Annual Lecture

2018

  • BETWEEN THE DOME OF THE ROCK AND A HARD PLACE: MY CAREER AS A PROFESSIONAL MUSLIM

    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2018
    4:30 P.M. | PAC 001 

    HAROON MOGHUL
    Fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations, Shalom Hartman INstitute

    He was struggling to find a balance between his private doubts about Islam and his public role as president of the largest Muslim Students Association in Manhattan. And then, on September 11th, 2001, Haroon found himself thrust into a very uncomfortable spotlight, speaking for a religion he wasn't sure he believed in very much. Hear the story of American Islam in an era of rising polarization, about struggles with failed relationships, mental illness, and what it feels like to be an American when a lot of America voted you off the island.

    With support from the Religion Department, the American Studies Department, and the Center for the Americas

2017

  • INVENTING THE MUSLIM WORLD: RACE, RELIGION, AND GEOPOLITICS

    Thursday, November 9, 2017
    4:30 P.M. | PAC 002

    CEMIL AYDIN
    Professor of History, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

    What is the “Muslim world?” Is it solely a descriptive term employed in the social sciences and humanities to name a shifting geographical boundary of Muslim-majority countries? Or is it a term that emerged in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as a strategy to imagine a new transnational, religious and racial unity at the end of empire? This talk will inquire into the genealogy of a concept, and the geopolitical and racial logic at work in its deployment since its origins in mid-19th century.

    Sponsored by the Religion, History, and Government Departments, and the Center for the Study of Public Life