THURSDAY @ 12pm: Dr. Noah Salomon, “Escaping the Islamic State: Reflections on Sudan at a Crossroads”

Dear colleagues,

Please join the Islamic Studies Workshop for our session on Thursday:
Thursday, April 28th
 
Swift Hall room 106
 
Dr. Noah Salomon (Carleton College), “Escaping the Islamic State: Reflections on Sudan at a Crossroads”
Abstract:
Can the problems that the political ideal of the Islamic state raises be transcended, either in terms of its coherence as an Islamic political project or its difficult fit with international human rights norms? In the second decade of the 21st century, Sudanese intellectuals and average folk alike are asking this question after a lengthy period of experimenting with such a political form. This talk traces two distinct attempts to escape the quagmires of Sudan’s Islamic state project: one, Sudanese students who have left Sudan’s Islamic state to join ISIS, a political movement that rejects the modern nation-state as a container for Islamic political ambitions; and, two, South Sudan’s attempt to escape the human rights challenges of the Islamic state through secession and the establishment of a secular polity. While the first group tries to escape the political form of the state and the compromises to its vision of Islam it requires, the second tries to escape the state’s religious character as a means of fulfilling political equality. Together we will explore the reasons for the difficulties each has experienced in achieving either goal.”
 
A vegetarian lunch will be served.
 
Hope to see you there!
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April 28-30: Islam and Regimes of Evidence

Islam Regimes of Evidence
Dear colleagues,
Please join us this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for a groundbreaking interdisciplinary conference on Islam and Regimes of Evidence. The description and program is copied below; for more information, you can visit the conference website or the page for the Facebook event.
Hope to see you there!
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How can we think of evidence when it is situated amid multiple fields of knowledge and practice? This conference examines the problems that evidence poses for a range of inquiries in Muslim communities, from law and theology to science and historiography.

Keynote lecture by Omnia El Shakry, Associate Professor of History at University of California Davis:
“The Arabic Freud: Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt”
April 28, 4:30pm at the Franke Institute

Keynote lecture by Khaled Fahmy, Professor of History, The American University in Cairo and Visiting Professor in Modern Middle Eastern History at Harvard University:
“Medical evidence in nineteenth-century Egyptian courts”
April 29 at 4:30pm: Classics 110 

Schedule

Thursday: venue is the Franke Institute

4:30pm: Keynote lecture by Omnia El Shakry: “The Arabic Freud: Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt”

Friday : venue is Classics 110 

10am-12pm, Panel 1: The Evidence of Science

Daniel Stolz (Northwestern University): “Eyes, Fingers, and the corruption of tables: Uncertainties of astronomy among nineteenth-century ‘ulama'”
Satyel Larson (Princeton University): “The Gender Politics of Facts and Evidence. Islamic Law, French Gynecology and Women’s Medical Expertise in Colonial Morocco”
Elham Mireshghi (University of California, Irvine): “Of Fatwas and Citadels: Islamic Law, Expertise, and Kidney Sales in Iran”

1:30-3:30pm, Panel 2 : Evidence in Islamic Law

Junaid Quadri (University of Illinois, Chicago): “Constructivism, Correspondence, and Representation: Approaches to Knowledge in Islamic Legal Texts”
Aria Nakissa (Washington University, St. Louis): “Islamic Legal Interpretation as the Interpretation of Action”
Nada Moumtaz (Ohio State University): “Statistics as Evidence in Islamic law? Debates on the validity of the family waqf in the Levant and Egypt (1903-1945)”

4:30pm: Keynote lecture by Khaled Fahmy: “Medical evidence in nineteenth-century Egyptian courts”

Saturday : venue is the Franke Institute 

10am-12pm, Panel 3: Imaginative Frontiers

Ana Maria Vinea (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor): “What is your Evidence?”: Qur’anic Healing and Shifting Contemporary Egyptian Therapeutic Epistemologies.
Yunus Dogan Telliel (CUNY Graduate Center): “Miraculous Evidence: Scientific Wonders and Religious Reasons”
Alireza Doostdar (University of Chicago): “Techno-spiritual Reflexivity”
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Cosponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Divinity School, Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Martin Marty Center, the Norman Wait Harris Fund, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT), the Anthropology Department, Islamic Studies Workshop, the Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

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Thursday @ 12pm: Allison Kanner, “Self-Made Mystics: Autobiographies of al-Ghazālī and Ibn Ṭufayl”

Please join the Islamic Studies Workshop this Thursday:

Thursday, April 21st, 12:00pm-1:30pm

Swift Hall room 106

Allison Kanner (Divinity School), “Self-Made Mystics: Autobiographies of al-Ghazali and Ibn Tufayl”

A vegetarian lunch will be provided.

Hope to see you there!

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Thursday @ 12pm: Lindsey Conklin, “Marriage in Jordan: The Middle Class, Islamic Law & Traditional Marriage”

Please join the Islamic Studies Workshop for our first session of the spring quarter:
 

Thursday, April 14th, 12:00pm-1:30pm

Swift Hall room 106
Lindsey Conklin (Comparative Human Development), “Marriage in Jordan: The Middle Class, Islamic Law & Traditional Marriage”
 
A vegetarian lunch will be provided.
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Spring 2016 at the Islamic Studies Workshop

Dear colleagues,

 
Welcome to another exciting quarter of the Islamic Studies Workshop!  Unless otherwise indicated, we will be meeting from12:00pm-1:30pm in Swift Hall room 106.
 
For more information, including past events, please visit the Islamic Studies Workshop website.
 
Thursday, April 14th: Lindsey Conklin (Comparative Human Development), “Marriage in Jordan: The Middle Class, Islamic Law & Traditional Marriage”
 
Thursday, April 21st: Allison Kanner (Divinity School), “Self-Made Mystics: Autobiographies of al-Ghazālī and IbnṬufayl”
 
Thursday, April 28th: Dr. Noah Salomon (Carleton College), “Escaping the Islamic State: Reflections on Sudan at a Crossroads”
Thursday, May 5th: Alex Matthews (Divinity School), “Ineffability and the Transmission of Knowledge in Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy ibn Yaqzan and Plato’s Seventh Letter”
 
Thursday, May 12th: Dr. Asma Sayeed (UCLA), book discussion on Women and the Transmission of Religious Knowledge in Islam (Cambridge, 2015)
 
Hope to see you there!
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TUESDAY 3/1 @ 4:30pm: Jessica Mutter, “Evolving Depictions of Religious Transformation in Eighth-Century Greater Syria”

Join us for the last session of the Islamic Studies Workshop this quarter, and stay tuned for an exciting spring lineup!

March 1st (Tuesday), 4:30pm

Cochrane-Woods Art Center room 152

Jessica Mutter (NELC), “Evolving Depictions of Religious Transformation in Eighth-Century Greater Syria,” co-sponsored with the Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium

 

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Thursday 2/11: Rachel Farell, “E’tibar nist: Shi’i Ritual Expression in Contemporary Afghanistan”

Dear colleagues,

Please join us for Thursday’s workshop session:

Rachel Farell (CMES): “E’tibar nist: Shi’i Ritual Expression in Contemporary Afghanistan”

Thursday, February 11th, 12:00pm-1:30pm

Swift Hall room 106

A vegetarian lunch will be provided.

For more information, including past events, please visit the Islamic Studies Workshop

website.

 

Hope to see you there!

Francesca Chubb-Confer

Graduate Student Coordinator

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Thursday 1/28, Timothy Gutmann: “Enforcing Intimacy: Tradition, Mass Education, and the Person Question”

Dear colleagues,

 

Please join us for Thursday’s workshop session:

Timothy Gutmann (Divinity School): “Enforcing Intimacy: Tradition, Mass Education, and the Person Question”

Thursday, January 28th, 12:00pm-1:30pm

Swift Hall room 106

Abstract: “This presentation summarizes some of the main issues in chapter three of the dissertation “Traditions and Progress”. Work on this chapter is ongoing. The focus is on the question of religious minorities in Egypt around the turn of the 20th century. The chapter addresses the theme of the enforced intimacy of the classroom and the novelty of teaching across differences. Exploring the interaction of “the [minority] question” and the advent of mass education, the chapter engages recent work by scholars such as Aamir Mufti, Marwa Elshakry, Saba Mahmood, and Kathryn Gines.”

A vegetarian lunch will be provided.

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Thursday 1/14: Aamir Bashir, “Roots of Deobandi Sufism: Shah Wali Allah’s (d. 1762) Influence on Early Deobandi Elders”

Join the Islamic Studies Workshop for our first session of the winter quarter:
Aamir Bashir (NELC): “Roots of Deobandi Sufism: Shah Wali Allah’s (d. 1762) Influence on Early Deobandi Elders”
Thursday, January 14th, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Swift Hall room 106
A vegetarian lunch will be provided.
Abstract: “This paper seeks to identify the key persons and ideas that link Deobandis to Shah Wali Allah. In particular, I seek to identify what led the early Deobandi elders such as Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (d. 1905) and Qasim Nanotvi (d. 1880) to oppose their Sufi shaykh, the Chishti Haji Imdad Allah (d. 1899) and articulate a more Naqshbandi version of Sufism (emphasis on conformity to Islamic law and more attention to Hadith) that seemed more in line with Shah Wali Allah’s ideas then that of Deobandis’ own Chishti master.”
Hope to see you there!
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Winter 2016 at the Islamic Studies Workshop

Dear colleagues,

Welcome back! We have an exciting quarter of presentations and events at the Islamic Studies Workshop. Sessions will take place on alternate Thursdays from 12:00pm-1:30pm in Swift Hall 106 (note the change in location from last quarter) unless otherwise indicated.
If any students or faculty are interested in formally responding to any of these presentations, please get in touch with me at fchubbconfer@uchicago.edu.
For more information, including past events, please visit the Islamic Studies Workshop website.
January 14th: Aamir Bashir (NELC), “Roots of Deobandi Sufism: Shah Wali Allah’s (d. 1762) Influence on Early Deobandi Elders”
 
January 28th: Timothy Gutmann (Divinity School), “Enforcing Intimacy: Tradition, Mass Education, and the Person Question”
 
February 11th: Rachel Farrell (CMES), E’tibar nist: Shi’i Ritual Expression in Contemporary Afghanistan”
 
February 19th (Friday), 12:00pm-2:00pm: mark your calendars!  This will be a special session co-hosted with the Craft of Teaching Program at the Divinity School:  
 
“Syllabus Workshop: Teaching Islamic Studies Across the Institutional Field”
 
This session is a panel discussion on syllabus design of introductory-level courses in relation to student audience: how do pedagogical approaches to the same material shift in relation to institutional contexts?  Lauren OsborneMun’im Sirry, and Jawad Qureshiall doctoral graduates or candidates of the Islamic Studies program at the Divinity School, will share representative syllabi and discuss teaching strategies based on their experiences with graduate and undergraduate students in research universities, religiously affiliated institutions, and liberal arts colleges.
 
February 25th: 12:00pm, Pick 218: Dr. Marion Katz (New York University), co-sponsored with the Middle East History and Theory Workshop  and part of the 2015-16 lecture series on Gender and Sexuality in Middle Eastern History
 
March 1st (Tuesday), 4:30pm, Cochrane-Woods Art Center room 152: Jessica Mutter (NELC), co-sponsored with the Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium, “Evolving Depictions of Religious Transformation in Eighth-Century Greater Syria”
 
Hope to see you there!
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