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March 2016

Conference: Jewish-Muslim Relations – Boundaries and Transgressions

March 9, 2016
Judaica Suite, Smathers Library Gainesville, FL 32611 United States + Google Map

Presented by The Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for Global Islamic Studies – with the generous support of the Alexander Grass Chair in Jewish History  Boundaries demarcate, separate, and serve to define difference often through the articulation of cultural diacritica that to an outside observer might seem rather trivial. Indeed, Freud referred to this as the narcissism of minor difference. Boundaries are symbolic rather than concrete. As the anthropologist Fredrick Barth argued, actors can readily cross over even…

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April 2016

Book Party: Contested Memories in Algeria and Israel/Palestine

April 4, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Judaica Suite, Smathers Library Gainesville, FL 32611 United States + Google Map

April 4th, 5:00 to 6:15, at the Jewish Studies Suite at the library. Brigitte Weltman-Aron (Department of Languages, Literature, and Cultures) Tamir Sorek (Center for Jewish Studies, Center for Global Islamic Studies, and Department of Sociology and Criminology &Law) Brigitte Weltman-Aron will discuss Tamir Sorek's book: Palestinian Commemoration in Israel: Calendars, Monuments, and Martyrs (Stanford University Press, 2015). Tamir Sorek will discuss Brigitte Weltman-Aron's book: Algerian Imprints: Ethical Space in the Work of Assia Djebar and Hélène Cixous (Columbia University…

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Secularism and the Plight of Religious Minorities in the Middle East

April 7, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Ocora, Pugh Hall, 296 Buckman Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611 United States
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Saba Mahmood, University of California Berkeley: Secularism and the Plight of Religious Minorities in the Middle East April 7 – 6pm – at the Ocora, Pugh Hall Saba Mahmood is professor of anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. Her work focuses on questions of secularism, religion, minority politics, and gender in the Middle East. She is the author of Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject (2005), and of Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report (2015). She…

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Museum Nite at the Harn featuring Imran J. Khan and Ameena Khan

April 14, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Harn Museum of Art, 3259 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611 United States
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Experience Taiko Drumming and English Country Dancers and join in a Gallery dialogue on gender and human rights. Ongoing activities in and around the galleries include “Art Blast” tours of exhibitions showcasing the international dimensions of the Harn and the broader UF community. In partnership with Center for Global Islamic Studies, visitors will have an opportunity to attend a screening of the acclaimed short film "Timmy II" followed by Q&A with Filmmaker and Actor Imran J Khan. Imran J. Khan is…

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September 2016

After Orlando: Managing Fears and Welcoming Diversity

September 13, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
The Ocora (Pugh Hall), Pugh Hall
Gainesville,
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The tragic incident at Pulse nightclub in Orlando has intensified the fear of terror hitting close to home. This fear has been translated into xenophobic sentiments particularly targeting our Muslim community.   The Center for Global Islamic Studies and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service will host a panel discussion which brings together those of diverse backgrounds who have been touched by the tragic events in Orlando and who continue to experience discrimination based on faith, sexual orientation, ethnicity,…

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October 2016

Conference: Islam and Encounters with Secularism: Futural Openings?

October 1, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Atrium – Ustler Hall, Ustler Hall
Gainesville,
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The University of Florida Center for Global Islamic Studies Fall 2016 Conference Is today's world secular? Many argue that it is not - religion is as prominent in politics, culture, and socio-economic life as ever. Others still believe that secularism is an achievement of modern times that we cannot simply ignore. Muslims are divided on the issue, and in recent years we have seen the emergence of new ideas and discourses about how to re-think and implement secularism. This inter-disciplinary…

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Russian Hajj: Empire and the Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca

October 6, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Marston Science Library, 444 Newell Dr
Gainesville, FL 32611 United States
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Dr. Eileen Kane, Associate Professor of History, Connecticut College "Russian Hajj: Empire and the Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca" By the late nineteenth century "Christian" Russia ruled more Muslims than the neighboring "Muslim" Ottoman Empire. This was the result of centuries of steady colonial expansion, much of it at Ottoman and Persian expense. How did Russia manage and govern its large Muslim populations? This lecture explores this question through the story of how and why Russia came to sponsor the hajj,…

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The Muslim Vote in the 2016 Presidential Election

October 20, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
The Ocora (Pugh Hall), Pugh Hall
Gainesville,
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The Center for Global Islamic Studies presents a multi-disciplinary discussion while in the midst of a polarized and heated 2016 election season. Muslims have been frequent subjects of a national debate, but have seldom been among the participants of this discussion. This panel will discuss recently released data from the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) which aims to define American Muslim attitudes towards various topics from politics and religion, to violence and identity. What emerges is the profile of a…

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March 2017

Politicizing Religion and the Politics of Religion

March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Ocora (Pugh Hall)

The Center for Global Islamic Studies and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, present:   "Politicizing Religion and the Politics of Religion"   March 21, 2017 6:00PM-7:00PM The Ocara (Pugh Hall), University of Florida   Politicizing religion in the U.S. has resulted in the rise of religious intolerance and discrimination against religious minorities and politicians have made religion into an instrument by which to mobilize voters. This panel will examine the role of religion in politics and how the…

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Symposium: Negotiating Gender and Sexualities in Muslim Africa

March 24 - March 25
404 Grinter Hall, 1523 Union Drive
Gainesville, FL 32601 United States
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The Islam in Africa Working Group (Center for African Studies) presents: Negotiating Gender and Sexualities in Muslim Africa A Symposium March 24-25, 2017, 404 Grinter Hall This symposium brings together scholars and activists to speak about challenges and changes to gender and sexual regimes in diverse Muslim societies across contemporary Africa. What are the important issues - marriage, reproductive choice, sexual citizenship, political and sexual violence - that inspire debate, conflict, or activism by Muslim actors in the public sphere?…

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