Islam in Global Perspectives

The Islam in Global Perspectives speaker series calls together experts from scholarly and activist backgrounds to examine how people use Islam as a globalized moral, legal, and cultural system. The goal of the series is to spark campus and community-wide discussion on themes critical to understanding contemporary Muslim cultures and societies, as well as to foster a network of scholars, activists and leaders who are located in and around Michigan.

2018 Islam in global perspectives

March 29, 2018, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Fetzer Center, Putney Lecture Hall
Dr. Khaled Beydoun, Associate Professor of Law, University of Detroit Mercy Law School. "American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear". This talk examines the how law, policy, and official state rhetoric has fueled a frightening resurgence of Islamophobia. Beydoun argues that by failing to frame Islamophobia as a system of bigotry endorsed by law and carried out by government actors, U.S. society ignores the injury it inflicts on both Muslims and non-Muslims. This talk is free and open to the public.  This talk is part of the Islam in Global Perspective Speaker Series. For more information, contact

All lectures are free and open to the public. They will take place on selected dates from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Fetzer Center's Putney lecture hall. For any questions, please contact Alisa Perkins.


2018 Sponsors

This series is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University. In addition, partner sponsors are:

  • Center for the Study of Ethics in Society
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • The Department of Comparative Religion
  • Graduate Students of Comparative Religion
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Global and International Studies
  • Political Science and the Institute of Government and Politics
  • History
  • Haenicke Institute for Global Education
  • Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
  • Sociology
  • World Languages and Literatures
  • Lee Honors College
  •  Office of Academic Affairs
  • Office of the President
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Cultural Events Committee