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Sittwe – film and discussion

Sittwe is a short documentary about two teenagers affected by conflict in Burma’s Rakhine state; a Buddhist boy and a Muslim girl who were displaced by communal violence in 2012. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Burmese peace activist and Film Producer Myo Win. Read More

The Long Season – film and discussion

The Long Season is a documentary by renowned filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich about life in Majdal Anjar, a Syrian camp in Lebanon. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Producer Pieter Van Huystee. Read More

Disrupting Assumptions: Veil, Divorce, and Women’s Agency in Islam

Diane L. Moore, Founding Director of the Religious Literacy Project at the Harvard Divinity School, will lead this discussion on veil, divorce, and women’s agency in Islam. Read More

Andrew March portrait

The Invention of Popular Sovereignty in Modern Islamic Thought: An Outline

Andrew F. March will workshop a paper outlining the argument of his forthcoming book manuscript, The Caliphate of Man: The Invention of Popular Sovereignty in Modern Islamic Thought, which traces the discourse on sovereignty from the mid-19th century reform movement to the present. You must RSVP to attend this event. Read More

From the Moors to the New World: Lessons from Dynamic Water Sharing for a Colonial-Era System in the Indus

Erum Sattar explores the legal and political aspects of management of water resources in semi-arid environments. In this comparative project, Sattar draws relevant lessons from Moorish water systems for today’s management of water resources across countries. You must RSVP to attend this event. Read More

Scripture, Translation, and Authority in Muslim South Asia, 18th-20th Centuries

Zaman is a professor in the department of Religion and Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He has written on the relation­ship between religious and political institutions in medieval and modern Islam, on social and legal thought in the modern Muslim world, on institutions and traditions of learning in Islam, and on the flow of ideas between South Asia and the Arab Middle East. Read More

The Bureaucratization of Islam and Its Socio-Legal Dimensions in Southeast Asia

Grounded in ethnographic fieldwork in five countries, including Brunei and Singapore, this paper by Dominik Müller examines the bureaucratization of Islam as a social phenomenon that informs dynamics of social change alongside transformations of the very meaning(s) of Islam in state and society. You must RSVP to attend this event. Read More

Havva Guney-Ruebenacker

Islamic Marriage Contracts in American Courts: The Case of Mahr and Its Misunderstood Economics

Havva Guney-Ruebenacker develops a novel approach to the analysis of the cases of Islamic mahr agreements in American courts, as a remarkable example of the interaction of Islamic and western law that entails significant implications for legal and social change around mahr and divorce in Islamic law. You must RSVP to attend this event. Read More

Islamic Constitutionalism: Not Secular. Not Theocratic. Not Impossible.

Asifa Quraishi-Landes will explain her current project, proposing a structure for Islamic constitutionalism that is inspired by Islamic jurisprudence and Muslim history, yet designed for contemporary realities. This structure is conceptually different from the typical “Islamic state” imagined by modern political Islam movements, as it is built upon the pre-colonial separation of Muslim lawmaking power: siyasa, made by rulers, and fiqh, articulated by religious legal scholars. Read More

International Religious Freedom in an Age of Nationalism

How is the current international order affecting freedom of religion? Leading experts Mustafa Akyol, Brian Grim, and Daniel Mark, informed by various faith traditions, academic disciplines, and experiences, will discuss this question—and what must be done to protect international religious freedom in an age of nationalism. Read More