The 2011 revolution unleashed passionate public concern about how to create a “New Egypt.” Islamic channels were important sites of these debates as rival television preachers gave media form to their competing visions of what a virtuous life entails and what an ethical polity looks like. Based on fieldwork in Cairo with the “New Preachers” – so named because of their novel styles of Islamic media – this talk explores what these on and off-screen struggles reveal about Islam’s competing theologies and the distinctive media forms they take. It also considers what methodological attunements such contested religious mediations demand of their ethnographers.

This event is being held on Zoom.  It is sponsored by the Center for Global Islamic Studies, Center for African Studies, and the Henry Luce Foundation Initiative on Religion and International Affairs.

To register and receive the Zoom password, please email Musa Ibrahim.

*This event has been cancelled.*

Nationality is the most important legal mechanism sorting and classifying the world’s population today. An individual’s place of birth or naturalization determines where he or she can and cannot be and what he or she can and cannot do. Although this system may appear universal, even natural, Will Hanley shows that it arose just a century ago. In Identifying with Nationality, he uses the Mediterranean city of Alexandria to develop a genealogy of the nation and the formation of the modern national subject.

Will Hanley is assistant professor of history at Florida State University.

This book talk is sponsored by the Center for Global Islamic Studies and the Department of History.

Unfortunately, Thursday evening’s book talk by Dr. Lâle Can has been cancelled due to travel concerns.

At the turn of the twentieth century, thousands of Central Asians made the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Traveling long distances, many lived for extended periods in Ottoman cities dotting the routes. Though technically foreigners, these Muslim colonial subjects often blurred the lines between pilgrims and migrants. Not quite Ottoman, and not quite foreign, Central Asians became the sultan’s spiritual subjects. Their status was continually negotiated by Ottoman statesmen as attempts to exclude foreign Muslim nationals from the body politic were compromised by a changing international legal order and the caliphate’s ecumenical claims.

Lâle Can is Assistant Professor of History at The City College of New York, CUNY.

Sponsored by the Center for Global Islamic Studies and the Department of History.

Together with the award-winning Nigerian photographer Akintunde Akinleye, anthropologist Dr. Marloes Janson hit the road in the summer of 2013 to map the most important and busiest Nigerian road – the 120-kilometer long Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. While it has failed as the artery linking the north and the south of Nigeria, the highway has succeeded as a stage for the performance of public religiosity to the extent that it can be described as a ‘Spiritual Highway’. It owes this name to the fact that over the past three decades numerous Christian and Muslim prayer camps have sprung up along the highway. Despite the sharp division between Muslims and Christians in Nigerian society, the photographs visualize that the prayer camps have much in common in terms of both activities and discourse. The convergence of Christian and Muslim elements makes the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway a true crossroads. At this crossroads prayer camps act as road-builders in rendering meaningful the unstable flux of life in megacity Lagos.

Join Akinleye and Janson for this panel discussion, sponsored by the Center for Global Islamic Studies and the HARN Museum of Art.

Steven Weitzman is Abraham M. Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania, and the
Ella Darivoff Director of the Katz Center of Advanced Judaic Studies. Weitzman specializes in the Hebrew Bible and the origins of Jewish culture. Recent publications include The Origins of The Jews (Princeton, 2017); Surviving Sacrilege: Cultural Persistence in Jewish Antiquity (Harvard University Press, 2005); Religion and the Self in Antiquity (Indiana
University Press, 2005); The Jews: A History (Prentice Hall, 2009); and a biography of King Solomon, part of the new “Jewish Lives” series, published by Yale University Press in 2011.

Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, the Bud Shorstein Professorship, the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, and the Center for Global Islamic Studies

The Center for Global Islamic Studies is organizing this Workshop as part of the Henry Luce Foundation project, “Islam and Africa in Global Context.”

The workshop will feature presentations on mediated religion and various media such as print, television, video, and the internet in Egypt, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, and beyond by:

Hatsuki Aishima (National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka)
Musa Ibrahim (UF)
Sara Katz (Loyola University of New Orleans)
Frédérick Madore (UF)
Ali Mian (UF)

Sponsored by the Center for Global Islamic Studies, Center for African Studies, Islam in Africa Working Group, and Department of Religion.

The Center for Global Islamic Studies is organizing this lecture as part of the Henry Luce Foundation project, “Islam and Africa in Global Context.”

Dr. Ukah is a sociologist of religion and head of the department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town (South Africa).

Sponsored by the Center for Global Islamic Studies, Center for African Studies, Islam in Africa Working Group, and Department of Religion.

Join Haroon Moghul, author of How to Be a Muslim: An American Story for his lecture “Becoming American – Keeping My Religion: Identity & 2nd Generation Immigrant College Students”.

College students in general are struggling with questions related to identity, dealing with authority figures, the mental stress of growing responsibility, and balancing it all with one’s social calendar. Being a second-generation immigrant in the wake of 9/11 and an American Muslim college student make this even more complicated.

The event is co-sponsored by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.

Mame-Fatou Niang is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on contemporary France, Sub-Saharan Africa, Postcolonial and Transnational Studies, Media, and Urban Planning. She is the author of IdentitésFrançaises (Brill 2019) which examines the development of Afro-French identities and the works of second- and third-generation female immigrant writers of the banlieue. In 2015 she has co-directed Mariannes Noires: Mosaïques Afropéennes in which seven Afro-French women reflect on what it means to be Black and French, Black in France. She has also co-authored a photo series on Black French Islam.