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MSU Libraries awarded a Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Grant

National Endowment for the Humanities/American Library Association has awarded the grant to MSU Libraries (via Deborah Margolis, librarian and MSP core faculty member), along with the East Lansing and Okemos Public Libraries.

The libraries were each awarded a collection of books and DVDs about Muslim experiences.

There will be three film screenings, with discussions led by MSU Muslim Studies Program faculty: 

Thurs Feb 28, 7:30pm   •   Wham! Bam! Islam! (the creating the first superhero comic book characters from the Muslim World); Location: MSU Main Library, Fourth Floor - W449. Discussion with Salah D. Hassan (English)

Thurs April 25, 6:30pm  •  Koran By Heart  (HBO documentary film - Location: Okemos Public Library. Discussion with Mohammad Khalil (Religious Studies)

Tea in a Harem, Fall 2013, Location: East Lansing Public Library
Discussion with Chantal Tetreault (Anthropology) and Safoi Babana-Hampton (Romance and Classical Studies)

New MSP website launched:

Muslim Studies recently launched a new website, Muslim Subjects, which will serve as an online portal for several current projects of the Muslim Studies Program.

Muslim Studies Program student scholarship award recipients for 2011-2012

Dr. Charles A. and Marjorie A. Gliozzo Scholarship for Muslim Studies

Reid Holzbauer, Senior, (double major) in International Relations and Arabic, with a specialization in Muslim Studies

Angelina Mosher, Senior, (double major) in Comparative Cultures and Politics and Arabic, with a specialization in Muslim Studies

John S. Habib Scholarship in Muslim Studies

Nehal Amer, Senior, (double major) in International Relations and Comparative Cultures and Politics, with a specialization in Muslim Studies

Migrations of Islam: Muslim American Cultural Expression in the 21st Century Symposium, Feb. 24, 2012

This gather of scholars and writers is aimed at furthering the discussion of Muslim American artistic expression by critically engaging the various social, political, cultural and technological forces that condition the ways that Muslim represent themselves and how they are represented.

Symposium introduction, schedule and presenter bios (PDF)*

Ten Years After 9/11: Analyses and Reflections Symposium, Sept. 15, 2011

A Community Conversations Event

This symposium will focus on the effects of September 11, 2001 in the United States and across the globe and will feature distinguished scholars in the field, who will present on various aspects of the topic to help the audience better understand the impact it had domestically and internationally.MSU President Lou Anna Simon will introduce the all-day symposium at 9 a.m.

This event is free and open to the public. The Union Building is an accessible facility. Sponsored by the MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives and Muslim Studies Program with the support of other co-sponsors.

Symposium Panel of Experts (PDF)*

Beyond Islamic Studies: De-essentializing the Study of Muslim Societies

Muslim Studies Annual Conference, April 7-8, 2011

The project to “rethink Islamic Studies” in the twenty-first century was given voice in a recent volume, Rethinking Islamic Studies: From Orientalism to Cosmopolitanism, edited by Carl Ernst and Richard Martin and published by the University of South Carolina Press this past summer. The book was the subject of a workshop in October at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta. The workshop was designed to identify problems in the study of Islam and ways to approach and theorize them at the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century; the majority of the seventy participants located their work in the humanities. That workshop, which had twelve facilitators for six breakout groups on different topics, was a very productive exercise, and a report on the main ideas discussed in the breakout sessions will be published later this year.

Conference Program (PDF)*

List of Principal Papers (PDF)*


Driven by the spirit of public service that is embedded in Islamic traditions, some members of the Michigan Muslim community have established an endowed fund, known as the Muslim Benefactors of Muslim Studies Endowment at MSU. The purpose of this endowment is to support education, research and outreach in ways that benefit students and faculty of the Muslim Studies Program at Michigan State University. In addition to strengthening Muslim Studies, the endowment will highlight the desire of Muslim benefactors and community to make private contributions for the public good. More details here: (PDF)*


Islam, Muslims and Journalism Education (IMAJE) is a project of Michigan State University’s Muslim Studies program in collaboration with the School of Journalism with the support of the African Studies Center, Asian Studies Center, and the Center for Advanced Study of International Development/Women and International Development (CASID/WID). It has been funded through a grant from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC).

The goal of the IMAJE project is to develop with and for journalism faculty a nuanced perspective on Islam, Muslims, and Muslim societies that will generate more accurate reporting. It is not intended as an exhaustive resource on Islam and Muslims. Rather, this website is an instructional resource for journalism professors and professional journalists who seek materials related to Muslims in the mainstream media. In addition to providing journalism instructors with readily accessible materials, the website also seeks to encourage MSU Muslim Studies faculty to engage the media’s treatment of Islam. To this end, the website includes video interviews with MSU faculty whose expertise ranges from Islam in Indonesia and West Africa to political Islam in a global context.

Islam, Muslims and the Media Conference, MSU - February 25-26, 2010

This conference has been organized by the Muslim Studies Program at MSU with the support of the Social Science Research Council, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), and the University Activities Board (MSU). There is no charge to attend. Program

Myths & Realities of the Relationship Between Mental Health, Violence and Muslims: Why it Matters? - April 3, 2010, MSU Union Ballroom (PDF)*

MSU Faculty Tackle Inaccurate, Simplistic Portrayal of Islam, Muslims and the Media (PDF)*

The latest edition of International Studies and Programs "International" Magazine has an in-depth article about the new multimedia web site designed to foster accurate and balanced reporting of the religion and its followers. They article begins on page 38

Outstanding Academic Book Award for 2009

The first Muslim Studies volume/Religion and Politics in Saudi Arabia:

Wahhabism and the State edited by Mohammed Ayoob and Hasan Koselbalaban (Lynne Rienner, 2009)

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