On September 15, New York University will hold a discussion on “religious freedom, possibilities for reform in Islam, and the paths being taken by American Muslims in the context of a post-9/11 rise in bias against Muslims” with U.S. Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Irshad Manji.
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At Reset DOC, Marco Cesario provides an overview of a recent roundtable discussion held at the Bilgi University in Istanbul, in which participants were asked whether religion was “an integrating or dividing factor in societies of the third millennium?”
Last Thursday, Tariq Ramadan addressed his first American audience in over five years. Before a crowd that filled the historic Great Hall at Cooper Union, Ramadan, alongside panelists Dalia Mogahed, George Packer, Joan Wallach Scott, and moderator Jacob Weisberg, discussed his understanding of the unique position of the Western Muslim, stressing his view of the compatibility of that which is “Western” and that which is “Islamic,” and emphasizing his faith in the creative potential of Western Muslims to elaborate and inhabit a distinctly Western Islamic tradition. At once a celebration of intellectual freedom and a small victory over ideological exclusion, the event afforded Ramadan the opportunity to present in person his sometimes controversial stances and to respond to questions he has frequently been asked concerning his family background and his personal views on issues associated with gay and women’s rights.
The Columbia University Religion Graduate Students Association is sponsoring a conference in New York City this weekend on the relationships between media, mediation, and religion. Find details about the conference, “Divining the Message, Mediating the Divine,” here.
On March 26-27 Harvard University will host “Derrida and Religion,” an interdisciplinary conference addressing Derrida’s various engagements with the religious, through such themes as sacrifice, naming, radical alterity, and the messianic.
On Tuesday evening at the New York Public Library, Professor Saïd Amir Arjomand held forth before a sizable and attentive audience on the narrative history and socio-political structures of post-revolutionary Iran. Arjomand is the author of, most recently, After Khomeini: Iran Under His Successors, in which he aspires to provide not only a study of the “long shadow” cast by Khomeini’s legacy over Iranian politics—a shadow, he argues, that has begun to lift only this year, three decades after the Revolution—but, in addition, a social-theoretical framework for the analysis of revolutionary and post-revolutionary politics in the Iranian context.
McGill University and the Centre for Research on Religion will be holding a conference specifically for graduate students on March 26-27, 2010, entitled Sites of Transformation: New Perspectives on Religion as Revolution.
At Killing the Buddha, Kiera Feldman reports on a recent panel that brought together Malcolm Gladwell, James Wood, and Christine Smallwood. You wonder: what unites this seemingly motley crew of New York literati? They all claim an evangelical upbringing.