China’s Early Mosques – A Review

I recently reviewed Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt, China’s Early Mosques (Edinburgh University Press, 2015) for Religious Studies Review. Here is a sneak peak: The greatest strength is Steinhardt’s ability to bring her expertise in Chinese architecture to the Islamic domain. Chinese buildings share fundamental principles that govern placement and aesthetic construction, such as courtyards, gates, purposeful orientation in direction,…

Little Mosque on the Prairie and the Paradoxes of Cultural Translation – A Review

I recently reviewed Kyle Conway, Little Mosque on the Prairie and the Paradoxes of Cultural Translation (University of Toronto Press, 2017) for the AAR’s Reading Religion. Here is a sneak peak: Altogether, Conway provides a great deal for the scholar of religion. His detailed focus on modes of production, distribution, and consumption serve as an effective model…

AAR 2017 – Where You’ll Find Me

I’m excited to attend the 2017 American Academy of Religion conference in Boston this year. I’m always energized by the meeting after catching up with friends, meeting new colleagues, and hearing lots of interesting research. This year I’ll be busy. If you want to track me down here are some likely places. Theory and Method in…

Muslims in the Iraq War: A Cinematic Perspective, University of Oklahoma, November 1

I’m excited to visit the University of Oklahoma on November 1 for a presentation titled “Muslims in the Iraq War: A Cinematic Perspective.” I’ll be discussing my recent article, “Hollywood Muslims in Iraq,” and placing it within a broader context of representation of Muslim in American cinema. I’m grateful for the kind invitation of Waleed F. Mahdi and Samer Shehata…

“…But What Do You Study?”: NAASR Workshop on the Job Market

I’m excited to be part of a wonderful workshop aimed at junior scholars on the job market that will take place over the AAR weekend in Boston. The North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR) will be hosting 25 participants on Sunday, November 19 for “…But What Do You Study?”: A NAASR Workshop on Theory & Method…