Events


MAR
27
Date:
Monday, 27 Mar 2017
Time:
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:
B117 Wells Hall
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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Film showing and discussion with Toronto director Yusuf Zine

The play chronicles the harrowing Rohingya refugee experiences told from the perspective of the Rohingya Canadian youth community. This is a powerful and emotional drama about life, loss, violence, and hope that chronicles the lives of 'the most oppressed people on Earth.'  

Co-sponsored by the Muslim Studies Program and Canadian Studies Center

MAR
29
Date:
Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017
Time:
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location:
South Kedzie, Room S107
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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Movie Screening and Discussion with the creators
a documentary film on Muslim American voices in the 21st century
by Salah D. Hassan and Swarnavel Pillai
(56 minutes)
 
From October 2011 to May 2012, a series of public performances were held in Michigan to explore the different ways that Muslims in the U.S. have negotiated the relationship between their faith and society. The result was an extended dialog with Muslim-Americans on a range of issues, from the wearing of a hijab to the making of hip-hop music. These young Muslim-
Americans challenge Islamophobia and pose questions to Muslim communities. "Migrations of Islam" is a documentary film that includes clips from the public performances and interviews with students, artists and experts to present the different ways that young Muslims in the United States have positioned themselves against the extremes of anti-Muslim
rhetoric and conservative religious traditions, showing the different ways that contemporary forms of Islam are finding expression in the words, images, and actions of Americans.

 

MAR
30
Date:
Thursday, 30 Mar 2017
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location:
Wells Hall B-310
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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In this lecture Albahari will outline the emergence of the Mediterranean Sea as the world's deadliest international border for refugees, focusing in particular on the central migratory route — between Libya and Italy — and on the military-humanitarian role of Italy's authorities and civil society. He will illustrate how the political and institutional separation between Northern Europe and the Mediterranean (Turkey and southern European Union countries such as Italy and Greece) constitutes state of
affairs that can be sustained only at an unspeakable economic and human cost.

APR
2
Date:
Sunday, 02 Apr 2017
Time:
1:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Location:
Wells Hall B-122
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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Apples from the Desert 1:45-3:50pm
2014, Hebrew. Directed by Matti Harari and Arik Lubetsky. Rivka lives in Jerusalem with her Orthodox Jewish family. Unhappy with her life, she is attracted to the secular world and runs away with a man to a kibbutz in the desert. Introduction and discussion afterwards led by Professor Yael Aronoff.
Arabic Movie 4:00-5:45pm
2015, Arabic and Hebrew. Documentary. Directed by Eyal Sagui Bizawe and Sara Tsifroni. Many Israelis are still nostalgic about the old Friday afternoon ritual. Everyone would watch the Arabic movie from Egypt, which allowed some Israelis to "return" to their original homeland. This film will be followed by a dinner. Introduction by Ellen and Dany Rothfeld.
Baba Joon 6:30-8:45pm
2015, Farsi and Hebrew. Yitzhak runs the turkey farm his father built after they emigrated from Iran to Israel. When his son, Moti, turns thirteen, Yitzhak teaches him the trade. But Moti's passion is fixing up old cars, and Yitzhak learns that his son is just as stubborn as he is. Ophir (Israeli Academy Award) for Best Film 2015. Israel's submission for U.S. Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Introduction and discussion afterwards led by the director, Yuval Delshad
 
Presented by MSU Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the Union Activities Board, the College of Arts and Letters, the Asian Studies Center, Muslim Studies Program and James Madison College.
APR
4
Date:
Tuesday, 04 Apr 2017
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Location:
Wells Hall B-119
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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Sand Storm
7:00-9:15pm
2016, Arabic. Directed by Elite Zexer. As wedding festivities begin in a Bedouin village in Israel, Jalila finds herself in the awkward position of hosting her husband's marriage to a second wife. Meanwhile her daughter, Layla, is involved with a man from her university. Jalila tries to bury the indignity of her husband and his new bride while attempting to contain her daughter's situation—but Layla sees a new life for herself. Winner of six Ophirs. Israel's submission for U.S. Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Introduction and discussion afterwards led by Wafa Alkrenawi, former Fulbright Scholar at MSU.
APR
5
Date:
Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location:
Kellogg Center Auditorium
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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How did the hope for a blessed afterlife arise and evolve in Judaism, Christianity and Islam? Based on his ongoing research. Professor J. Edward Wright (University of Arizona) will address this and other questions related to the power of afterlife beliefs and images of heaven. Co-sponsored by the Muslim Studies Program, the Department of Religious Studies, the College of Arts and Letters and James Madison College.

APR
12
Date:
Wednesday, 12 Apr 2017
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:
MSU Main Library Green Room (4 West)
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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Amir Sulaiman
poet, recording artist, Harvard Fellow, actor, screen writer and producer will give a poetry reading.

APR
13
Date:
Thursday, 13 Apr 2017
Time:
12:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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Theme:  Islam, Muslims, and US Politics

12:45pm: Opening remarks (MSU International Center, room 303)

1pm-2:45pm: Panel 1 (MSU International Center, room 303)

Rethinking Muslim Politics

Junaid Rana (University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign)

A Possible History of the Muslim Left

Sylvia Chan-Malik (Rutgers University)

A Third Language: Women of Color Feminism and American Islam

Donna Auston (Rutgers University)

By Wisdom a House Is Built: Securitized Subjectivity, the Limits of Morality, and the Development of American Muslim Political Platforms

 

3:30pm-5:15pm: Panel 2 (MSU International Center, room 303)

Muslims and Trump

            Sally Howell (University of Michigan-Dearborn)

"Getting Trumped": Muslim Respectability Politics in Detroit's Northern Suburbs

            Mohsen Mobasher (University of Houston-Downtown)

American Politics and Iranophobia: Immigration Restrictions and Political Mobilization among Iranian Immigrants in the United State since the Iranian Revolution

            Nazita Lajevardi (Uppsala University; Michigan State University)

Muslim American Fear, Anxiety, and Discrimination: Behavioral and Attitudinal Shifts and their Impact on Political Behavior in the Age of Trump

APR
14
Date:
Friday, 14 Apr 2017
Time:
10:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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Theme:  Islam, Muslims, and US Politics

10:00am-11:45am: Panel 3 (MSU International Center, room 303)

Muslims and the American State

Moderator: Andrew Shryock, University of Michigan

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri (Reed College)

Religion and the State in Contemporary Muslim America

Mucahit Bilici (John Jay College)

Muslims and the American Constitution: The Rise of the Muslim Sovereign Citizen?

Edward E. Curtis IV (Indiana University School of Liberal Arts, Indianapolis)

Blood Sacrifice and the Myth of the Fallen Muslim Soldier in U.S. Presidential Elections after 9/11

           

1:30pm-3:15pm: Panel 4 (MSU International Center, room 303)

Violence, Islamophobia, and U.S. Politics

            Salah Hassan (Michigan State University)

Landscapes of Anti-Muslim Politics in the U.S.: Organizations, Experts, and Campaigns

            Evelyn Alsultany (University of Michigan)

How Political Liberals Adopt Conservative Tactics in Promoting Islamophobia: Real Time with Bill Maher's Liberal Principles and Illiberal Muslims

            Juliane Hammer (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)

                        Still Center Stage: American Muslim Women in the Age of Terror

            Alisa Perkins (Western Michigan University)

                        Muslim Sexual Publics and Queer Politics in America

APR
20
Date:
Thursday, 20 Apr 2017
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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Special Guest Speaker: Blaque Hough 
Hailing from Michigan, Blaque earned a B.A. degree from Hope College and a J.D. degree from Wayne State University Law School. He has practiced law for nearly 25 years. In 2006, he and his family moved to Turkey, where he taught in the Law Faculty of Yeditepe University and at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabancı University, both in Istanbul. Upon returning to the US, Hough has practiced law again, and taught as an Adjunct Professor at Cooley Law School.  He is the author of Missing the Muslims:  Why the West Doesn't Understand Islam.