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Activism, Advocacy, and Scholarship on Islam in the Digital Realm

I am excited to join a wonderful and diverse group of folks for a workshop at Boston University on September 16-17. Michael Pregill, the Interlocutor for the exciting digital initiative Mizan project (Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations, BU’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies) has convened us for an event, Activism, Advocacy, and Scholarship on Islam in…

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Marginalia Review of Books Forum on Shahab Ahmed, What is Islam?

Shahab Ahmed’s masterful work, What is Islam?: The Importance Of Being Islamic (Princeton University Press, 2016), is a dynamic and complex volume that asks key questions for the study of Islam. It has already won the American Academy of Religion’s Best First Book in the History of Religions award. I had the great pleasure to co-edit a forum on the…

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The Multiple Meanings of Pilgrimage in Sino-Islamic Thought

My latest publication is part of the wonderful edited collection Islamic Thought in China: Sino-Muslim Intellectual Evolution from the 17th to the 21st Century (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). Thanks to Jonathan Lipman for all his hard work putting it togeteher. My chapter is entitled “The Multiple Meanings of Pilgrimage in Sino-Islamic Thought,” which examines at changing conceptualizations of the hajj…

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Co-Director of Islamic Studies Program at UNO

I am excited to let folks know that starting Fall 2016 semester, I will officially be co-director of the Islamic Studies Program at UNO (although we’ve been working hard all summer). Ramazan Kilinc and I will be teaming up in order to best make use of our strong points. Many great things are already in motion and we plan on continuing the robust…

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Muslims in Media: Exercises for Teaching

One of the major projects I am working on this summer is supported by a Wabash Fellowship to advance one’s professional development as teaching scholars. A goal of the project is to develop scholarship that integrates research and teaching. My work on Muslims in media spaces closely aligns with my teaching aims of disrupting dominant media representations of Muslims and delineating the…

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Wabash Teaching and Learning Workshop, June 20-25, 2016

I’ll be heading to Crawfordsville, IN this June for the final week of the Wabash Teaching and Learning Workshop for Pre-Tenure Religion Faculty at Colleges and Universities. Wabash is one of the best learning experiences I’ve had as a professor and I would highly recommend it for any early career scholars. Check it out here. Here is…