2019 International Conference on Religion & Film

I’ve really enjoyed working with The Journal of Religion & Film folks over the past few years, including it’s founder Bill Blizek and its current editor John C. Lyden. Bill was my colleague at the University of Nebraska Omaha for several years. Recently, the main event has been the International Conference on Religion & Film. We’ve had wonderful turnouts for…

AAR 2018 – Where You’ll Find Me

Excited for the 2018 American Academy of Religion conference in Denver. I’ll be busy as usual this year but its always motivational to see smart friends and meet some new peers. If you want to track me down here are some likely places. New Graduate Research in Islamic Studies Saturday – 5:30 PM-7:00 PM, Convention Center-507 This will…

Interpreting Islam in China, George Mason University, November 1

I’m excited to visit the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University on November 1. I’ll be discussing my book, Interpreting Islam in China: Pilgrimage, Scripture, and Language in the Han Kitab. I’m honored to be invited by Huseyin Yilmaz and Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu. All the details are HERE if you are in the DC area. Free and open to…

Islam, Media, and Religious Discrimination in America – Wabash Teaching Islam Blog

Recently I was able to write up some thoughts about teaching Islam in my World Religion courses for the Wabash Center’s Teaching Islam Blog Series, “Islam, Media, and Religious Discrimination in America.” I outline some issues and how I approach them through a few texts: Jolyon Mitchell’s, “Religion and the News: Stories, Contexts, Journalists and Audiences” Moustafa Bayoumi’s This…