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Discussions with Scholars of Islam about their New Books.

Discussions with Scholars of Islam about their New Books.
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Discussions with Scholars of Islam about their New Books.




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

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

Zeki Saritoprak, "Islam’s Jesus"

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

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

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

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

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"

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"

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"

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

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

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"

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"

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"

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

Christopher R. Duncan, "Violence and Vengeance: Religious Conflict and Its Aftermath in Eastern Indonesia "

View on AmazonResearching the communal killings that occurred in North Maluku, Indonesia during 1999 and 2000, Christopher Duncan was struck by how participants "experienced the violence as a religious conflict and continue to remember it that way", yet outsiders–among them academics, journalists, and NGO workers–have tended to dismiss or downplay its religious features. Agreeing that […]

Duration: 00:59:53

Aysha Hidayatullah, "Feminist Edges of the Qur'an"

Aysha HidayatullahView on AmazonWhat are some of the key features and characteristics of the Muslim feminist Qur'an exegetical tradition and what are some of the tensions and ambiguities found in that tradition? Those are the central questions addressed by Aysha Hidayatullah, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Theology at the University of San Francisco, in […]

Duration: 00:49:33

Kecia Ali, "The Lives of Muhammad"

Muhammad is remembered in a multitude of ways, by both Muslims and non-Muslims. And through each retelling we learn a great deal not only about Muhammad but about the social milieu of the authors. In The Lives of Muhammad (Harvard University Press, 2014), Kecia Ali, Associate Professor of Religion at Boston University, explores how several […]

Duration: 00:50:14

Bruce B. Lawrence, "Who is Allah?"

In his lyrical and brilliant new book Who is Allah? (UNC Press, 2015), the legendary scholar of Islam Bruce B. Lawrence, Professor Emeritus of Religion at Duke University, wrestles with the question of Who is Allah? through a dazzling range of textual, aesthetic, and performative registers. Who is Allah? treats readers to a delectable buffet […]

Duration: 01:00:01

James Gelvin, "The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know"

[Cross-posted with permission from Counterpoint with Jonathan Judaken] Professor James Gelvin joins host Jonathan Judaken to discuss the Arab Uprisings, democratization in the Middle-East and Northern Africa, ISIS, al-Qaeda, terrorism, and America's role imposing neo-liberal economic policies in the Middle East that have strongly shaped the political economy of the region. James Gelvin is Professor […]

Duration: 00:30:04

Venkat Dhulipala, "Creating a New Medina: State Power, Islam, and the Quest

In the historiography on South Asian Islam, the creation of Pakistan is often approached as the manifestation of a vague loosely formulated idea that accidentally emerged as a nation-state in 1947. In his magisterial new book Creating a New Medina: State Power, Islam, and the Quest for Pakistan in Late Colonial North India (Cambridge University […]

Duration: 01:00:07

Emran El-Badawi, "The Qur'an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions"

The Qur'an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions(Routledge, 2015) written by Emran El-Badawi, professor and director of the Arab Studies program at the University of Houston, is a recent addition to the field of research on the Qur'an and Aramaic and Syriac biblical texts. Professor El-Badawi asserts that the Qur'an is a product of an environment […]

Duration: 01:08:32

Ebrahim Moosa, "What is a Madrasa?"

Recent years have witnessed a spate of journalistic and popular writings on the looming threat to civilization that lurks in traditional Islamic seminaries or madrasas that litter the physical and intellectual landscape of the Muslim world. In his riveting new book What is a Madrasa? (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), Ebrahim Moosa, Professor of […]

Duration: 00:58:58

James W. Laine, "Meta-Religion: Religion and Power in World History"

Most world religions textbooks follow a structure and conceptual framework that mirrors the modern discourse of world religions as distinct entities reducible to certain defining characteristics. In his provocative and brilliant new book Meta-Religion: Religion and Power in World History (University of California Press, 2015), James Laine, Professor of Religious Studies at Macalester College challenges […]

Duration: 00:49:53

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