Islamic Studies
Southeast Asian Studies October 22, 2020

Miracles and Material Life

Rice, Ore, Traps and Guns in Islamic Malaya

Teren Sevea

Hosted by Kelvin Ng
In Miracles and Material Life: Rice, Ore, Traps and Guns in Islamic Malaya (Cambridge University Press), Teren Sevea reveals the economic, environmental and religious significance of Islamic miracle workers (pawangs) …

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American Studies October 16, 2020

Here, There, and Elsewhere

The Making of Immigrant Identities in a Globalized World

Tahseen Shams

Hosted by Shobhana Xavier
Here, There, and Elsewhere: The Making of Immigrant Identities in a Globalized World (Stanford University Press, 2020) by Tahseen Shams (Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto) reconceptualizes …
History October 9, 2020

Al Rashid Mosque

Building Canadian Muslim Communities

Earle H. Waugh

Hosted by Kristian Petersen
In the early 20th-century Muslims, primarily with roots in Lebanon, began to settle in Canada’s interior plains. In 1938, the small community in Edmonton opened the first mosque in the …
Gender Studies October 2, 2020

Decoding the Egalitarianism of the Qur’an

Retrieving Lost Voices on Gender

Abla Hasan

Hosted by Shehnaz Haqqani
Is it possible to interpret the Qur’an using the Qur’an alone? Is a feminist interpretation of controversial verses such as 4:34, the notorious “wife-beating” verse, possible? What evidence is there …
Indian Ocean World September 28, 2020

Banishment and Belonging

Exile and Diaspora in Sarandib, Lanka and Ceylon

Ronit Ricci

Hosted by Ahmed Yaqoub AlMaazmi and Kelvin Ng
Lanka, Ceylon, Sarandib: merely three disparate names for a single island? Perhaps. Yet the three diverge in the historical echoes, literary cultures, maps and memories they evoke. Names that have …
South Asian Studies September 25, 2020

Far from the Caliph’s Gaze

Being Ahmadi Muslim in the Holy City of Qadian

Nicholas H. A. Evans

Hosted by SherAli Tareen
A sustained and compelling critique of the doubt/belief binary in the anthropology of religion and Islam, Nicholas H. A. Evans’ Far from the Caliph’s Gaze: Being Ahmadi Muslim in the …
American Studies September 23, 2020

Muslims in a Post-9/11 America

A Survey of Attitudes and Beliefs and Their Implications for U.S. National Security Policy

Rachel M. Gillum

Hosted by Beth Windisch
Muslims in a Post-9/11 America (University of Michigan Press, 2018) examines how public fears about Muslims in the United States compare with the reality of American Muslims’ attitudes on a …
American Studies September 18, 2020

Varieties of American Sufism

Islam, Sufi Orders, and Authority in a Time of Transition

E. Bazzano and M. Hermansen

Hosted by Shobhana Xavier
Sufism in America is now a developed sub-field of study that exists at the intersection of Islamic Studies, American religions, and popular spirituality. Varieties of American Sufism: Islam, Sufi Orders …
Middle Eastern Studies September 15, 2020

Studying the Qur’an in the Muslim Academy

Majid Daneshgar

Hosted by Asad Dandia
“Consider the works of the renowned Nobel-prize-winning African American writer, literary and social critic, and activist Toni Morrison (b. 1931),” writes Majid Daneshgar. “Hers—like Said’s—are popular in the West and …
Central Asian Studies September 11, 2020

The War on the Uyghurs

China’s Internal Campaign against a Muslim Minority

Sean Roberts

Hosted by Shehnaz Haqqani
In today’s new episode, we speak with Sean Roberts about his brand new book The War on the Uyghurs: China’s Internal Campaign against a Muslim Minority (Princeton University Press, 2020) …
African American Studies September 9, 2020

America’s Other Muslims

Imam W.D. Mohammed, Islamic Reform, and the Making of American Islam

Muhammed Fraser-Rahim

Hosted by Beth Windisch
America's Other Muslims: Imam W.D. Mohammed, Islamic Reform, and the Making of American Islam explores the oldest and perhaps the most important Muslim community in America, whose story has received …
South Asian Studies September 4, 2020

Aurangzeb

The Life and Legacy of India's Most Controversial King

Audrey Truschke

Hosted by Kristian Petersen
For many, the history of the Mughal empire looms heavy over contemporary South Asian social imaginaries. The lightning rod figure within modern day myths about the past is the Mughal …
South Asian Studies August 28, 2020

Translating Wisdom

Hindu-Muslim Intellectual Interactions in Early Modern South Asia

Shankar Nair

Hosted by SherAli Tareen
Shankar Nair’s new book Translating Wisdom: Hindu-Muslim Intellectual Interactions in Early Modern South Asia (University of California Press, 2020) is an intellectually daring and dazzlingly imaginative study of scholarly interactions …
Middle Eastern Studies August 25, 2020

Incitement

Anwar al-Awlaki’s Western Jihad

A. Meleagrou-Hitchens

Hosted by Beth Windisch
Anwar al-Awlaki was, according to one of his followers, “the main man who translated jihad into English.” By the time he was killed by an American drone strike in 2011 …
African Studies August 21, 2020

Realizing Islam

The Tijaniyya in North Africa and the 18th-Century Muslim World

Zachary Valentine Wright

Hosted by Shobhana Xavier
Realizing Islam: The Tijaniyya in North Africa and the Eighteenth-Century Muslim World (The University of North Carolina Press 2020) by Zachary Valentine Wright (Associate Professor in Residence in History and …
East Asian Studies August 17, 2020

Islamic Shangri-La

Inter-Asian Relations and Lhasa’s Muslim Communities, 1600 to 1960

David G. Atwill

Hosted by Daigengna Duoer
Centering on the Tibetan Muslims (the Khache) from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century, Islamic Shangri-La: Inter-Asian Relations and Lhasa’s Muslim Communities, 1600 to 1960 (University of California Press …
American Studies August 14, 2020

With Stones in Our Hands

Reflections on Racism, Muslims and US Empire

Sohail Daulatzai and Junaid Rana

Hosted by Kristian Petersen
In this current moment it has become increasingly clear that US society is deeply entangled in racist policies and logics of white supremacy. While this affects numerous communities, anti-Muslim racism …
Middle Eastern Studies August 7, 2020

Gender and Succession in Medieval and Early Modern Islam

Bilateral Descent and the Legacy of Fatima

Alyssa Gabbay

Hosted by Shehnaz Haqqani
In this episode, we speak with Alyssa Gabbay about her recent new book Gender and Succession in Medieval and Early Modern Islam: Bilateral Descent and the Legacy of Fatima (I.B …
Middle Eastern Studies August 5, 2020

Preserving Islamic Tradition

Abu Nasr Qursawi and the Beginnings of Modern Reformism

Nathan Spannaus

Hosted by Asad Dandia
What were some of the major transformations taking place for Muslim communities in the Russian Empire of the eighteenth century? How did the introduction of a state-backed structure for Muslim …