The Revolution Within: Religious Mediation and the Struggle for the ‘New Egypt’ – Yasmin Moll

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” […]

CANCELLED: UF Intersections Student Research Symposium: Religion, Ethics, and Gender

*This event has been cancelled.* This event will feature research by UF undergraduate and graduate students exploring the relations between gender, sexuality, and ethics. Individually and in groups, students will create posters, papers, and other media addressing the ethical and religious dimensions of issues including gender-based economic inequities, sexual violence and harassment, gendered dimensions of […]

CANCELLED: Symposium on the Study of Islam and the Critical Humanities

*This event has been cancelled.* The central question of this symposium is: How is the study of Islam a vital site for justifying the institutional life of the critical humanities, both as an academic discipline and a mode of public engagement? This event will give both speakers and attendees an opportunity to discuss/debate the place of Islam in the […]

CANCELLED: Identifying with Nationality: Europeans, Ottomans, and Egyptians in Alexandria – Will Hanley

*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 […]

CANCELLED: Spiritual Subjects: Central Asian Pilgrims and the Ottoman Hajj – Lâle Can

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 […]

Welcoming the Stranger’ on Occupied Land: Migration, Metaphor, and Decolonial Challenge on Faith-based Border Activism – Leah Sarat

Dr. Leah Sarat (Arizona State University) will give this keynote lecture as part of the 4TH Annual Religion Graduate Student Association Conference: “Protest, Power and Prayer: Intersection of Activism, Culture, and Religion,” February 21 and 22. This conference will explore the intersections of religion and/or spirituality and activism seeking to highlight instances of religious resistance, dynamics of […]

Yemanjá: Wisdom From the African Heart of Brazil

“Yemanjá: Wisdom From the African Heart of Brazil,” (2015) winner of five best documentary awards, is narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker.  The film explores the Candomblé spiritual culture in Bahia, Brazil, and the social challenges and triumphs faced by devotees historically and in contemporary times.  The film’s story is told through the voices of […]

Saving Mes Aynak

The award-winning documentary Saving Mes Aynak follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition. A Chinese state-owned mining company is closing in on the ancient site, eager to harvest $100 billion dollars worth of copper buried directly beneath the archaeological ruins. Only 10% […]

Spiritual Highway (Panel Discussion)

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 […]