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Discussions with Scholars of Islam about their New Books.

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Kishwar Rizvi, "The Transnational Mosque: Architecture and Historical Memory in the Contemporary Middle East"

2/8/2016
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Kishwar RizviView on AmazonIn her excellent new book The Transnational Mosque: Architecture and Historical Memory in the Contemporary Middle East (UNC Press, 2015), Kishwar Rizvi, Associate Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, interrogates the interaction of history, memory, and architecture by exploring arguably the most important sacred space in Islam: the mosque. […]

Duration: 00:28:59


Deepa Iyer, "We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future"

1/26/2016
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Deepa IyerView on AmazonDeepa Iyer is the author of We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future (The New Press, 2015). Iyer is Senior Fellow at Center for Social Inclusion and was Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) for a decade prior. Drawing on professional […]

Duration: 00:18:43


Anita Weiss, "Interpreting Islam, Modernity, and Women’s Rights in Pakistan"

1/26/2016
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Anita WeissView on AmazonPakistan is often caricatured and stereotyped as a volatile nuclear country on the precipice of disaster. Such depictions are often especially acerbic when comes to the issue of Women's rights in the country. In her important new book, Interpreting Islam, Modernity, and Women's Rights in Pakistan (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), Anita Weiss, Professor […]

Duration: 01:03:31


Patrick D. Bowen, "A History of Conversion to Islam in the United States, Volume 1: White American Muslims before 1975"

1/12/2016
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Patrick D. BowenView on AmazonIn the current political moment there is widespread anti-Muslim rhetoric and it would be easy to conclude that a large portion of white Americans see Islam at odds with American values. But a longer view of history reveals a long-standing appreciation for Islam and even conversion to the tradition among white […]

Duration: 01:03:53


Mayanthi Fernando, "The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism"

1/5/2016
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Mayanthi FernandoView on AmazonMayanthi Fernando's The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism (Duke University Press, 2014) is an important and provocative book. Drawing on years of field work, the book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the complex interactions between religion and politics in contemporary France. Considering the Islamic revival […]

Duration: 01:00:31


Zeki Saritoprak, "Islam’s Jesus"

12/17/2015
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Zeki SaritoprakView on AmazonIn Islam's Jesus (University of Florida Press, 2015), Zeki Saritoprak explores an old topic from a fresh perspective. The status of Jesus in Islam has been of interest for centuries, and relates to both Christianity and Islam, but the level of synthesis that Professor Saritoprak's monograph offers is remarkable. He draws on […]

Duration: 00:50:00


Alice J. Kang, "Bargaining for Women’s Rights: Activism in an Aspiring Muslim Democracy"

12/16/2015
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Alice J. KangView on AmazonAlice J. Kang has written Bargaining for Women's Rights: Activism in an Aspiring Muslim Democracy (University of Minnesota Press, 2015). Kang is assistant professor of political science and ethnic studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Much attention is paid to Muslim-majority countries across the Middle East, especially the contentious role of […]

Duration: 00:16:09


Maud S. Mandel, "Muslims and Jews in France: History of a Conflict "

12/11/2015
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Maud S. MandelView on AmazonIn Muslims and Jews in France: History of a Conflict (Princeton University Press, 2014), Maud S. Mandel, Dean of the College at Brown University, challenges the view that rising anti-Semitism in France is rooted solely in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Instead, Mandel argues that the Muslim-Jewish conflict in France has been shaped […]

Duration: 00:30:58


Saba Mahmood, "Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report"

12/7/2015
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Saba MahmoodView on AmazonIt is commonly thought that violence, injustice, and discrimination against religious minorities, especially in the Middle East, are a product of religious fundamentalism and myopia. Concomitantly, it is often argued, that more of secularism and less of religion represents the solution to this problem. In her stunning new book Religious Difference in […]

Duration: 01:23:57


Jorg Matthias Determann, "Researching Biology and Evolution in the Gulf States: Networks of Science in the Middle East"

11/30/2015
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View on AmazonJorg Matthias Determann's new book looks at the history of modern biology in the Arab Gulf monarchies, focusing on the treatment of evolution and related concepts in the publications of biologists who worked in the Gulf states.Researching Biology and Evolution in the Gulf States: Networks of Science in the Middle East (I. B. […]

Duration: 01:02:06


Hina Azam, "Sexual Violation in Islamic Law: Substance, Evidence, and Procedure"

11/25/2015
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Hina AzamView on AmazonIn her shining new book Sexual Violation in Islamic Law: Substance, Evidence, and Procedure (Cambridge University Press, 2015), Hina Azam, Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas-Austin, explores the diversity and complexity of pre-modern Muslim legal discourses on rape and sexual violation. The reader of this book is […]

Duration: 00:50:49


Marcia C. Inhorn, "The New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East"

11/25/2015
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Marcia C. InhornView on AmazonWinner of the 2015 Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology, and the American Anthropological Association Winner of the 2014 JMEWS Book Award,The New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East (Princeton University Press, 2015)by Marcia C. Inhornchallenges the Western stereotypical image of […]

Duration: 00:55:19


Naser Ghobadzadeh, "Religious Secularity: A Theological Challenge to the Islamic State"

11/18/2015
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Naser GhobadzadehView on AmazonWhile"fundamentalism" and "authoritarian secularism" are commonly perceived as the two mutually exclusive paradigms available to Muslim majority countriesNaser Ghobadzadeh'snew bookReligious Secularity: A Theological Challenge to the Islamic State (Oxford UP, 2014)highlights the recent political developments that challenge this binary perception. Ghobadzadeh examines the case of Iran which has been subject to both […]

Duration: 01:00:30


Paul L. Heck, "Skepticism in Classical Islam: Moments of Confusion"

11/16/2015
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Paul L. HeckView on AmazonSkepticism is a familiar term to many of us conjuring up notions of doubt, uncertainty, and perhaps even unbelief. Yet, Skepticism did not always have such a narrow meaning. In fact Skepticism has helped formulate a number of important religious and intellectual positions throughout history.Paul L. Heck's new bookSkepticism in Classical […]

Duration: 00:59:16


Karen Bauer, "Gender Hierarchy in the Qur’an: Medieval Interpretations, Modern Responses"

11/13/2015
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Karen BauerView on AmazonIn Gender Hierarchy in the Qur'an: Medieval Interpretations, Modern Responses (Cambridge University Press, 2015), Dr. Karen Bauer tackles one of the foremost hot-button questions of the day: What is the role of gender in the Qur'an? Dr. Bauer's adroit study will leave the reader informed but perhaps also disrupted, given the vast […]

Duration: 00:55:17


Vicken Cheterian, "Open Wounds: Armenians, Turks, and a Century of Genocide"

10/29/2015
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Vicken CheterianView on AmazonThe assassination of the Armenian-Turkish activist Hrant Dink in 2007 raised uncomfortable questions about a historical tragedy that the leaders of the Turkish Republic would like people to forget: the Armenian genocide. In his new book Open Wounds: Armenians, Turks, and a Century of Genocide (Oxford UP, 2015), the journalist/historian Vicken Cheterian […]

Duration: 01:31:35


Azizah al-Hibri, "The Islamic Worldview: Islamic Jurisprudence–An American Muslim Perspective (Volume One)"

10/27/2015
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Azizah al-HibriView on AmazonHow can a perspective on Islamic law and jurisprudence be constructed responding to the lives and practices of diasporic Muslims while remaining deeply grounded in the foundational texts of the religion? In The Islamic Worldview: Islamic Jurisprudence–An American Muslim Perspective, Volume One, feminist philosopher and legal scholar Azizah al-Hibri (Univ. of Richmond […]

Duration: 01:01:39


Debra Majeed, "Polygyny: What it Means When African American Muslim Women Share Their Husbands"

9/30/2015
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Debra MajeedView on AmazonIn her wonderful new book Polygyny: What it Means When African American Muslim Women Share Their Husbands (University Press of Florida, 2015), Debra Majeed, Professor of Religious Studies at Beloit College, provides an analytically robust and moving account of the aspirations, paradoxes, and problems attached to polygyny in the African American Muslim […]

Duration: 00:46:26


Guy Burak, "The Second Formation of Islamic Law: The Hanafi School in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire"

9/23/2015
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View on AmazonThe Second Formation of Islamic Law: The Hanafi School in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire(Cambridge UP, 2015) is a new contribution to the study of Islam and more specifically to the history of Islamic Law and its development. Guy Burak, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies librarian at New York University, explores the Ottomans' […]

Duration: 00:43:41


Leonard Cassuto, "The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It"

9/22/2015
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Leonard CassutoView on AmazonThe discontented graduate student is something of a cultural fixture in the U.S. Indeed theirs is a sorry lot. They work very hard, earn very little, and have very poor prospects.Nearly all of them want to become professors,but most of them won't. Indeed a disturbingly large minority of themwon't even finish their […]

Duration: 00:46:10

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