Islam in Global Perspectives Schedule

The Department of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University announces the Islam in global Perspectives speaker series. All lectures are free and open to the public. They will take place on Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the WMU Multicultural Center in Trimpe Hall, 1081 Knollwood Hall. Parking is free in lots 39 and 100. Light refreshments will be provided. Contact Alisa Perkins for more information.

Thursday, Jan. 23

Mohammad Hassan Khalil, Michigan State University, “Muslim Expressions: A Tour of the Muslim World through Music Videos.”

Thursday, Jan. 30

Ahmed El Shamsy, University of Chicago, “Reconfiguring the Classics of Islamic Thought in Early Twentieth-Century Egypt.”

Thursday, Feb. 6

Zarinah El-Amin Naeem, Niyah Creative Living and Beautifully Wrapped, “American Muslim Identities and the Cultural Wombs that Bore Them.”

Thursday, Feb. 13

Mara Leichtman, Michigan State University, “Conversion to Shi‘i Islam and the Transformation of Religious Authority in Senegal.”

Thursday, Feb. 20

Sally Howell, University of Michigan-Dearborn, “Building on Difference: Detroit's First Mosques, 1912-1962.”

Thursday, March 20

Dawud Walid, Council of American Islamic Relations-Michigan, “Challenges of Racism and the Acculturation of American Muslims.”

Thursday, March 27

Nathan Tabor, University of Texas, “Ethical Publics and Urdu Poetics in Muslim North India.”

Thursday, April 3

Tabassum Ruby, Western Michigan University, “The Power of Images and Muslim Women: A Critical Reflection on Sharia in Canada.”