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Muslim Studies Program Annual Conference

Muslim Studies Program 12th Annual Conference

Thursday, April 11, 2018 - Friday, April 12, 2018

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Theme:  Education Under Siege: Attacks on Scholars and Scholarship in Turbulent Times


Among the casualties of the violence, instability, and the reemergence of autocratic, scapegoating, and despotic governance has been an increasing attack on scholars and scholarship in and of the predominantly Muslim societies and people. The attacks come now from state and non-state actors, depending on context, and happen in the context of ongoing conflicts. They involve arrests, intimidation, and scholars who are now in exile from community and country fearing for their livelihood. They often come in the context of increasing financial pressures on education, creating a dynamic where the forces that stifle academic freedom and expression are sometimes administrators within the very institutions under attack.

Panel Descriptions

• Islamophobia and its impact on higher education: Who determines curriculums regarding the Middle East, The Muslim World, and Islam -- The United States and Beyond

o Islamophobia and Education

• Secular Fundamentalism and Higher Education – Europe and Beyond

o Islamophobia and Education

• The rise of authoritarianism and attacks on academic freedom – the rise of authoritarianism and attacks on academic freedom – firing of professors, closing of schools, etc. -- Turkey, South Asia, the Philippines

o Islamic populism and education; Authoritarianism and education

• The rise of private, European and American inspired schools and university and the neglect of public education – Egypt, South Asia, and beyond

o Neoliberalism and education (in the context of authoritarianism)

• Military Control, Occupation, and education – Palestine and Beyond

o Educational institutions as targets of attack under the context of occupation

• Higher education in the context of extreme religious groups and opposition to modern education – West Africa and Beyond

o Religious extremism and education