Manufacturing Islam: Muslim Identities in the 21st Century

A series of lectures and talks at UBC that look intriguing. I’m excited, and also curious to to see what the panelists/speakers have to say. Info below.

How do Muslims negotiate challenges in the 21st Century? What are the implications of these challenges for Muslims and non-Muslims? What is the place of Islam in an increasingly globalised world? How do gender, race and ethnicity impact on Muslim Identities? These are some of the critical questions that will be addressed by leading Muslim academics from Canada, the U.K. and the U.S. in a series of three panels following the keynote talk. Panel members will engage in discussion with each other and their audience, offering us the unique opportunity of hearing experts share their perspectives on negotiations of diverse Muslim identities and their implication in the contemporary world.

This series is organized and funded by St. John’s College with the collaboration and support of: the Office of the Vice-President, Students (VPS); the International Canadian Studies Centre; the Faculty of Arts; the
Faculty of Graduate Studies; the Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies; UBC Community Engagement International; the Centre in Women’s and Gender Studies; the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies; the Liu Institute for Global Issues; the Women’s Studies Undergraduate
Program; and the Departments of History and Sociology.

Keynote Talk:
After welcome remarks from UBC President, Prof. Toope, the symposium opens with a keynote address by Zarqa Nawaz, the creator of the hit CBC TV series “Little Mosque on the Prairie.” Ms. Nawaz will speak at the Chan Centre on Friday, January 11 at 7:00 P.M.
Tickets are free and available at the Chan Centre Ticket Office at 6265 Crescent Road on UBC campus Monday through Saturday from noon to 5:00 P.M.
Please call 604.822.2697 for further ticket information.

Panel 1: Gendering Muslims
Sat., January 19, 2:00 – 4:00 P.M.
Jasmine Zine (Wilfred Laurier University); Amina Jamal (Ryerson University); Roksana Bahramitash (University of Montreal)

Panel 2: Managing Muslims
Saturday, January 26, 2:00 – 4:00 P.M.

Panel 3: Islam and the Law
Saturday, February 2, 2:00 – 4:00 P.M.
Mohammad Fadel (University of Toronto); Lama Abu-Odeh (Georgetown University); Asifa Quraishi (University of Wisconsin)

All panel discussions are free and open
to the public.
St. John’s College, UBC, 2111 Lower Mall, Fairmont Social Lounge

For more information on this series:
604.822.8781 or

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