Feb. 1 Event to Focus on Teaching about Islam

High school and community college instructors are especially welcome at the UC Riverside roundtable, “Teaching Islam in the Post-9/11 University”

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"American Qur'an - Sura 8 C" by Sandow Birk

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Scholars of Islam will discuss “Teaching Islam in the Post-9/11 University” on Friday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon at UC Riverside in the CHASS Interdisciplinary Building, Room 1128.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested as seating is limited. RSVP to ucrwmst.rsvp@gmail.com.  Parking on campus costs $6.

The roundtable discussion will explore issues of teaching Islam, religion and race in U.S. colleges and universities since Sept. 11, and will be especially useful to high school and community college instructors whose courses include these topics, said Tamara Ho, assistant professor of women’s studies at UCR.

“The events of 9/11 forever changed the conversation about religious diversity in this country,” said Jennifer Scheper Hughes, co-director of UCR’s Institute for the Study of Immigrant Religions. “In the aftermath, even as fear and anxiety about Islam increased, the public insisted, just as passionately, that understanding and religious pluralism are essential to American democracy. The American public knows more about Islam than it ever has, but there is still much misunderstanding and misinformation that circulates. This important panel answers the question, ‘How can we best teach about Islam in the 21st century?’ ”

Featured speakers are:

  • Zayn Kassam, John Knox McLean Professor of Religious Studies at Pomona College, editor of “Women and Islam” for the Praeger series “Women and Religion in the World” and author of “Islam,” the fifth volume in the Greenwood series “Introduction to the World’s Major Religions.”
  • Aysha Hidayatullah, assistant professor of Islamic studies at the University of San Francisco, whose forthcoming book, “Qur’an, Women, and the Unspoken: Beginnings and Critiques of Feminist Interpretation of the Qur’an,” examines the emerging body of Muslim feminist scholarship on the Qur’an in North America.
  • Martin Nguyen, assistant professor of Islamic religious traditions at Fairfield University in Connecticut, author of “Sufi Master and Qur’an Scholar: Abu’ l-Qasim al-Qushayri and the Lata’if al-isharat,” the first extensive examination of mystic and 11th century theologian al-Qushayri and his final commentary on the Qur’an.
  • Sherine Hafez, associate professor of women’s studies at UCR, author of “The Terms of Empowerment: Islamic Women Activists in Egypt” and “An Islam of Her Own: Reconsidering Religion and Secularism in Women’s Islamic Movements.”
  • Muhamad Ali, assistant professor of Islamic studies at UCR, author of “Multicultural-Pluralist Theology” and “Bridging Islam and the West: An Indonesian View.” His publications cover a wide range of topics: from gender jihad and interfaith marriage in Indonesia to liberal Islam in Southeast Asia and cyberspace.

The event is sponsored by the UCR Department of Women’s Studies, the UCR Institute for the Study of Immigrant Religions and by Mellon funds through the Center for Ideas and Society, and co-sponsored by the “Viral Ports, Virtual Contents” Andrew W. Mellon Workshop in the Humanities, SEATRIP,  and the UCR departments of Religious Studies and Ethnic Studies.

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