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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…

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Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, June 2-5, 2016

Heading off to the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. I am excited to be heading back to the East-West Center, next to the University of Hawai’i, Manoa. I first visited the EWC in 2011 for a NEH Summer Institute hosted by the Asian Studies Development Program, called the Dynamics of Cultural Unity and…

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Hollywood reworks Muslim stereotypes – Interview on Religion News Service

Reporter Julie Poucher Harbin was kind to ask me about my thoughts on the representation of Muslims in Television and Film for her latest piece at Religion News Service. I was in the midst of teaching my Islam in Film course and working on the outline for a current book project, The Cinematic Lives of Muslims. Here are the relevant quotes:   Hollywood reworks Muslim…