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Reverberations of Revolution: Nationalism, Mass Mobilization, and the Azhar Strike of 1909 by Aaron Jakes

October 3rd, 2018 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

Aaron Jakes talk will examine how at the end of January 1909, the students and ‘ulama of al-Azhar, the Islamic world’s most important institution of higher learning, organized themselves into a union of sorts and went on strike. British officials at the time attempted to cast the movement both as an impulsive reaction against the recent introduction of modern science into the univ...


Halal and Haram Beverages in Historical Perspective

October 18th, 2018 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: White Hall

Room: 110

This lecture will consider jurisprudential debates surrounding alcohol consumption since early Islamic times and will survey how various Muslim communities have historically oscillated between leniency and stringency in enforcing established rules. The discussion will also reflect on modern attitudes towards alcohol consumption, intoxication, and other related topics. Modern scientific tools, incl...


Kinship, Authority, and the Practice of Secularism

October 23rd, 2018 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Rockefeller Hall

Room: 122

This talk draws on ethnographic research in sharia courts (dar ul qazas) in the north Indian cities of Delhi and Patna to argue that kinship is a key site of secular governance. The regulation of kinship produces some of the oppositions—between public and private, secular and religious—upon which political secularism relies. By looking at how kinship is regulated, the talk explores the...


The Politics of Foreign Aid and Islamic Charitable Giving in Kuwait - Mara Leichtman, Michigan State University

November 2nd, 2018 - 3:00PM-4:30PM

Location: McGraw Hall

Room: 215

Speaker: Mara Leichtman, Anthropology, Michigan State University Abstract: A key provider of foreign assistance, Kuwait was named "an international humanitarian center" by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2014. With lines between “charity,” “relief,” and “development” increasingly blurred, this paper explores the politics of giving. In Kuwai...


Spreading the Word: Art Across the Arc of Islam

November 12th, 2018 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

Textiles have long been one of the most important articles of trade within and across Indian Ocean societies. How can the role of Islam be seen in the rich textile traditions of Indonesia? Today the most evident signifiers of religious identity are head coverings, worn by both men and women, but in the past a variety of textiles functioned to transmit Muslim fashions, motifs, and beliefs. Long tra...


"Moors-Tupiniquins”: An Analysis of the Diverse Identities of the Brazilian Islamic Community

December 3rd, 2018 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

Thiago De Carvalho will discuss the identities formation, dynamics and plurality of Brazilian Islamic communities and its members. First, based on historical data, the presentation will divide early Islamic communities into four defining moments: (i) the colonizer cultural formation, (ii) Muslim slaves' immigration on nineteenth century, (iii) Syrian-Lebanese immigration and the recent phenome...

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