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Muslim Studies Program Annual Conference


Muslim Studies Program 13th Annual Conference

Michigan State University

Theme: Islam, Environmental Science and Conservation Michigan State University

Thursday, October 15, 2020

8:00am-8:10am - Welcome and Opening Remarks  

8:15am-10:00am - Islam and Environmental Activism-Part I: Looking to the Sources

Natana Delong-Bas (Boston College), “Intertextual Scriptural Reading as Inspiration for Interfaith Cooperation in Water Conservation and Management” 

Abdalmajid Katranji (Michigan State University), “The Quran and the Environment: The Impact of the Qur’an on Environmental Policy in the Muslim World” 

Sarra Tlili (University of Florida), “Ecology of Wonder” 

Sami Al-Daghistani (Columbia University; Brooklyn Institute for Social Research; Center for Advanced Study of Religion in Oslo, Norway), “Islamic Sources on Environmental Issues: A Polyvalent Perspective” 

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10:15am-12:00pm - Islam and Environmental Activism-Part II: Assessing Problems and Proposed Solutions 

Jonathan Brockopp (Penn State University), “Climate Change in the Muslim World: Starting a Conversation” (via Zoom) 

Gretel Van Wieren (Michigan State University), “Religion and Food for a Hot Planet” 

Lauren Baker (Northwestern University), “Rethinking What Counts as ‘Green’: Contrasting Rhetoric of Environmental Political Action in North Africa” 

Qudsia N. Shah (Institute of Ismaili Studies), “Between Expedient and Ethical: Muslim Approaches to the Environment” 

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Friday, October 16, 2020 

8:00am-9:45am - Indonesian Scholarship on Islam, Conservation, and the Environment 

Gatot Supangkat (Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta), “Muhammadiyah's Perspective on Environmental Management and Protection Sustainability” 

Muhammad Tri Ramdhani (Universitas Muhammadiyah Palangka Raya), “The Role of Islam in the Cultural Ceremony of the Tiwah Dayak Ngaju People of Central Kalimantan”   

Siti Maimunah (Institut Pertanian Stiper (ISTIPER) Yogyakart), “The Role of Islam in Developing a Forest Case Study in Mungku Baru Palangka Raya” 

Atus Syahbudin (Universitas Gadjah Mada), “Is there an Islamic Tree Species?”

Pak Ariyadi (Universitas Muhammadiyah Palangkaraya), “Religion, Forest Conservation, and the Concept of Rahmatan lil ‘alamin”  

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10:00am-11:45am - Global Case Studies: Indonesia, Gambia, and Afghanistan 

Karyanti (Universitas Muhammadiyah Palangka Raya) (co-author: Lilik Kholisotin), “The Role of Women in Forest Conservation: The Case of Ibu Siti Maimunah of the Muhammadiyah” 

Abdoulie Jabang (Michigan State University), “Transforming and ‘Healing’ the Environment: Founders, Migrants, Farmers, Muslim holy men, Women rainmakers, and Colonial Meteorologists in the River Gambia, 1890-1970” (via Zoom) 

Shah Mahmoud Hanifi (James Madison University), “A Deep History of Water in Afghanistan” 

M. Jamil Hanifi (Michigan State University), “An Historical Ethnography of Water in Pre-Industrial Kabul” 

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11:45am-12:00pm - Closing Remarks   


Co-SponsorsAfrican Studies Center, Asian Studies Center, Citizen-Scholars Program, Department of Forestry, Department of Religious Studies, Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities, Honors College, James Madison College, and Residential College in the Arts and Humanities




Muslim Studies Program 14th Annual Conference

Michigan State University, International Center, East Lansing, MI, USA

April 8-9, 2021

Global Islamophobia and the News Media, Entertainment Media, and Social Media

Michigan State University is hosting an international conference on Global Islamophobia  and the News Media, Entertainment Media, and Social Media.  This conference will present work related to Muslim portrayals in the media (e.g., news, entertainment, social media) and evaluate how Islamophobia manifests on these platforms. 

Significance of theme: The media is an important conduit for conveying messages to the public, shaping public attitudes, influencing the national discourse, and generating stereotypes. Past research suggests the ways in which outgroups are represented in the media impacts the public’s perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors toward them, as well as shaping support for policies that harm members of these outgroups. Scholarship is only now beginning to extend this line of research to Muslims, and to specifically explore how the media is shaping discrimination against Muslims globally. . For instance, Muslims are increasingly occupying a more prominent role in the American cable news media. For instance, they were mentioned in 28.46% of all CNN broadcasts, 31.53% of FOX broadcasts, and 41.65% of MSNBC broadcasts in 2016. This conference will invite panelists to present work related to Muslim portrayals in the media (e.g., news, entertainment, social media) and evaluate its effects either on publics or on Muslims themselves.

Conference papers selected: 

  • Russell Lucas — how polling has been used in relation to Islamic portrayals and orientalist in the media
  • Giuliano Bifolchi — analysis of Russian media portrayals of Islam
  • Nofret Berenice Hernández Vilchis — analysis of Palestinian journalists
  • Sana Aziz — Iraq war in hollywood — analysis of the war
  • Brian Van Wyck — analysis of newspaper representations of Islamic education in West German Qur’an schools in the 1970s and 1980s
  • Marta Panighel, PhD student — Islamophobia in Italy through discourse analysis, really interesting and novel
  • Felipe Freitas de Souza - Islamphobia in Brazilian media
  • Imed Ben Labidi — interesting analysis of media portrayals in Europe, especially with respect to the refugee crisis
  • Sabah Firoz Uddin, PhD - British Muslim art production in the wake of islamophobia 
  • Angeliki Koletsou — Iranian portrayals in western media
  • M. Mohibul Haque — Islamophobia in Indian media 
  • Nazita Lajevardi — hate crimes and hate speech
  • Mohammed Reza John Vedadipour — Middle Eastern cinema (Iranian) discussed alongside tropes. 
  • Michael Bevers, PhD — Bush discourse analysis re: Iraq war
  • Zaire Bailey — misinformation Muslims have about Muslims 
  • Samaah Jaffer - Before ‘creeping shari‘a’: From shari‘a as the court to shari‘a as the story