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Interpreting the Qur’an in China, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, November 7

Our Religious Studies Department at University of Nebraska Omaha has had a long varied relationship with the Department of Classics & Religious Studies at University of Nebraska Lincoln. From what I hear, those connections have ebbed and flowed with various levels of cross-campus participation. But we are collectively making greater strides to collaborate. One initiative is a bi-annual…

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The Han Kitab: Interpreting Islam in China, University of Arkansas, October 6

I’m excited to visit the University of Arkansas, October 6, to talk about my forthcoming book, Interpreting Islam in China: Pilgrimage, Scripture, and Language in the Han Kitab (Oxford University Press, 2017). My talk, entitled “The Han Kitab: Interpreting Islam in China,” will introduce the genre and the historical context from which it emerged. Many thanks to the Asian Studies Program…

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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…