Upcoming Events

  • Mona Atia: Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt
    Monday, 27 April 2015 at 12:00 PM

    April 27, 2015, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, Reuben Hills Conference Room 2nd Floor East Wing E207 Encina Hall Mona Atia (The George Washington University) "Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt" Islamic charities occupied a critical space in Mubarak-era Egypt. While there are a plethora of organizational types and activities, Mona Atia describes a particular type of work performed by Islamic charities as a merging of religious and capitalist subjectivity, or pious neoliberalism. Pious neoliberalism describes how Islamism works in conjunction with neoliberalism rather than as an alternative to it. It represents a new compatibility between business and piety that is not specific to any religion, but rather is a result of the ways in which religion and economy interact in the contemporary moment. In Egypt, pious neoliberalism produces new institutions, systems of knowledge production and subjectivities. This lecture explores the relationship between Islamic charity and Egypt’s variegated religious landscape. The author will discuss how Islamic charities helped spread Islamic practices outside the space of the mosque and into everyday life/spaces and their impact on development in Egypt.

  • Understanding Isis
    Monday, 27 April 2015 at 03:30 PM

    Monday, April 27, 2015 | 3:30-5:30 pm | Assembly Room, Bechtel International Center THE STANFORD UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES PRESENTS Understanding ISIS: The Ninth Annual Garfield Forum for Undergraduates Please join us for presentations and discussion by Alireza Doostdar (Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and the Anthropology of Religion, University of Chicago) Martha Crenshaw (Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford) Alexander Key (Assistant Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature, Stanford) Moderated by Shahzad Bashir (Professor of Religious Studies, Stanford)   Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and co-sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center, the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, and the Bechtel International Center. Free and open to the public.

  • Alireza Doostdar: Graduate Student Session
    Tuesday, 28 April 2015 at 04:15 PM

    April 28, 2015, 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm, Building 70 – 72A1 Alireza Doostdar (University of Chicago) “The Academic Study of Muslim Contexts: A Conversation about the State of the Field” Graduate Student Session Open only to Stanford students. Join us for a conversation with Professor Alireza Doostdar (University of Chicago) to learn more about his work, his engagement with Islamic Studies at many U.S. universities (including Chicago, Michigan, Harvard), and also share the status of your own research. Refreshments will be served.

  • Arab Cultural Fair
    Friday, 01 May 2015 at 11:00 AM

    The Arab Students Association at Stanford is hosting the first Annual Arab Cultural Festival in White Plaza, bringing the sights, smells, and sounds of the Arab world to campus with a showcase of the cuisine, traditions, and, of course, the spirit of Arabs and of the Arab world. So save the date on May 1st! Join us to celebrate our culture, listen to good music, eat delicious food, and meet new people :) There will be Henna Tattoo Artists, Calligraphy Artists, Belly Dancers, ArabologyDJ Ramzi Salti, special Bay Area vendors and much more!! For parking: Tresidder Memorial Union Parking Lot (L39), Stanford University, 459 Lagunita Dr Stanford, CA 94305

  • Noura Erakat: War on Gaza in the Age of Human Rights
    Monday, 04 May 2015 at 03:30 PM

    May 4, 2015, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Encina Hall East, Okimoto Conference Room, 3rd Floor Noura Erakat "War on Gaza in the Age of Human Rights: Prospects for Accountability"  In July and August, hostilities in the Gaza Strip left 2,131 Palestinians and 71 Israelis dead, including 501 Palestinian children and one Israeli child. Of Gaza’s 1.8 million residents, 475,000 are living in temporary shelters or with other families because their homes have been severely damaged. The extent of destruction has raised questions around culpability for war crimes on all sides of the conflict. International organizations including the United Nations Human Rights Council, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called for independent investigation. At the end of 2014, Palestine deposited a 12(3) application to the ICC for ad-hoc jurisdiction as well as acceded to the Rome Statute, thus granting the International Criminal Court the authority to investigate war crimes conducted in Palestinian territory. Such an investigation would bring both Israel and Palestine under scrutiny for events from this summer and as far back as 2012, and possibly to 2002 when the ICC was first formed to investigate war crimes. This is the third large scale military offensive against the besieged coastal enclave since Israel’s unilateral disengagement in 2005. Given the shortcomings of the ceasefire on August 26, 2014, another attack is seemingly inevitable. How is such civilian carnage possible notwithstanding the humanitarian and human rights legal regimes established to reduce civilian suffering? And what are the prospects for accountability under international criminal law and beyond? This lecture will explore these questions and specifically the prospects for accountability at the ICC.

  • Aishwary Kumar: Can the Muslim be a Citizen?
    Wednesday, 06 May 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Spring 2015 Workshop Series: Muslims, Civility, and Citizenship  May 6, 2015, 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm, Encina Hall East, Okimoto Conference Room, 3rd Floor Aishwary Kumar (Stanford University): “Can the Muslim be a Citizen? Thoughts on Ambedkar’s Thoughts on Pakistan.” Aishwary Kumar is Assistant Professor of Modern South Asian History and Modern Intellectual History at Stanford University. He received his M.A. from Jawaharlal Nehru University and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. As an intellectual historian specializing in 19th and 20th century thought, he examines the itinerary of political languages and juridical concepts in South Asia and Europe as they come to be mediated by questions of universality, freedom, and value. Kumar is currently completing a book, titled Sacrifice of Equality: Modern India, Universal History, and the Question of Nonviolence. The manuscript examines equality, sovereignty, and the paradox of representation in the political thought of M. K. Gandhi, B. R. Ambedkar, and their Indian and Euro-American interlocutors. He is also working on a related project, tentatively titled Ambedkar’s Fidelities, on ideas of inheritance and annihilation in 19th and 20th centuries.

  • Arab Excellence: Inspiring Role Models to Empower the Youth
    Wednesday, 06 May 2015 at 01:45 PM

    May 6, 2015, 1:45 pm - 5:30 pm, Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center (424 Santa Teresa Street) Arab Excellence: Inspiring Role Models to Empower the Youth Featuring: Dr. Hassanein: Successful Entrepreneur, mentor and venture capitalist Dr. Abraham: Co-founder and CEO of comScore Dr. Boumehdi: Lecturer at Stanford University and Member of the Arab Excellence Team Said Aouita: Five World Olympic Records Omar Tawakol: CEO of BluKai Hamza Chraibi: President and Founder of Arab Excellence

  • Heiko Henkel: Halal as a Double Wedge Issue
    Tuesday, 19 May 2015 at 12:15 PM

    May 19, 2015, 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm, Encina Hall West Room 208  Heiko Henkel (Copenhagen University) "At the Edges of Civility: Halal as a Double Wedge Issue" Halal practices are an important element in the endeavors of many Muslims to live proper Muslim lives. Halal practices have also long prompted suspicion and agitation in established European publics. In Denmark, in particular, pundits and politicians often address Muslim demands that hospitals and other public institutions offer halal food, as a scandal by. More broadly speaking, markers of Muslim identity, like the headscarf, the presence of mosques, or gender separated socializing, are widely seen as contrasting with Danish forms of civility. The paper looks at the controversy around Muslim halal practices as a wedge issue with two edges. On the one hand, the Muslim discourse of haram/halal, and more broadly of fiqh (legal reasoning), is discussed as a systematic 'wedge' discourse, separating allowed from forbidden practices, and thus also separating (observant) Muslims from everybody else. On the other hand, the paper attempts a genealogy of Danish aversions against Muslim halal practices. Although in the current contestations between established majority and emerging minority, any distinction in social practice may give rise to pejorative distancing on the side of the majority, the issue of religious law has a particularly pertinent history in protestant Denmark. One of the most central themes in Danish Protestantism (most famously articulated in Luther's sola fide: justification by faith alone) is the critique of religious law, which experienced a renaissance in the Protestant revival movements of the 19th century. This critique, although emerging contemporaneously, must not be confused with liberal critiques of religious orthodoxy, however. The paper suggests that current conflicts around Muslim halal practices cannot satisfyingly be analyzed as either the antagonism between religious traditions or as one between Islam and liberal secularism. Rather, the Lutheran tradition has become a constituent part of Danish national civility (or citizenship, in an encompassing sense) as it emerged in the 19th and 20th century. Muslim halal practices are therefore both challenges to established forms of Danish civility and possible elements of emergent, if yet unstable and contested, forms of Danish civility.

  • Zain Abdullah: Does (American) Islam Have a Race Problem?
    Thursday, 21 May 2015 at 06:30 PM

    Islam in America Lecture Series May 21, 2015, 6:30 pm, Pigott Hall, Room 113  Zain Abdullah (Temple University) "Does (American) Islam Have a Race Problem?"

  • Pierre Dulaine: Dancing in Jaffa
    Friday, 29 May 2015 at 12:00 PM

    May 29, 2015, 12:00 pm Stanford Language Center, and 7:00 pm Building 260  Pierre Dulaine