Visit the kalamazoo islamic center on tuesday, march 28

Please join us for a tour of the Kalamazoo Islamic Center to learn about Islam and to get to know our neighbors. We will hear the imam (prayer leader) speak and participate in a question and answer session. All are welcome from the WMU campus and Kalamazoo community. We’ll gather in front of Waldo Library on March 28 at 4 p.m. to take the short walk over together. You can also meet us at the Kalamazoo Islamic Center (parking available; 1520 West Michigan Avenue) at 4:15 p.m.

2017 Islam in global perspectives - speakers announced

April 6, 2017 6-7:30 p.m. Fetzer Center, Putney Lecture Hall.

Dr. Sufia Uddin, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Connecticut College. "Shared Rituals, Shared Ecology: Hindu and Muslim Honey Collectors and Fishermen of the Sundarbans". This talk examines the shared religious narratives and everyday practices of different social and religious groups in rural Bangladesh, demonstrating the importance of the natural environment in constructions of selfhood and community. This talk is free and open to the public. This talk is part of the Islam in Global Perspective Speaker Series. For more information, please visit http://wmich.edu/religion/events/islam-speaker-series-overview, or contact alisa.perkins@wmich.edu

April 19, 2017 6-7:30 p.m. Fetzer Center, Putney Lecture Hall.

Dr. Emilio Spadola. Associate Professor of Anthropology and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Colgate University. “Is There a Muslim Body? Reflections on a Moving Target.” Contemporary readings of Muslim politics as a continuous tradition of ritual embodiment lose sight of the global technological conditions by which modern Muslim bodies have been constructed as targets and thus subjected to novel regimes of bodily visibility and vulnerability. This talk is free and open to the public. This talk is part of the Islam in Global Perspective Speaker Series. For more information, please visit http://wmich.edu/religion/events/islam-speaker-series-overview, or contact alisa.perkins@wmich.edu

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6-7:30 p.m. Fetzer Center, Putney Lecture Hall.

Dr. Mikaela Rogozen-Soltar, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Reno. “Ambivalent Encounters: Migration, Conversion, and Historical Anxiety in Spain’s “Muslim City.” This ethnographic talk explores how historical entanglements across the Mediterranean impact the politics of multiculturalism in modern Spain. It examines how Spanish anxieties about the implications of medieval Iberian Islam shape possibilities for Muslim inclusion in Spain. This talk is part of the Islam in Global Perspective Speaker Series. For more information, please visit http://wmich.edu/religion/events/islam-speaker-series-overview, or contact alisa.perkins@wmich.edu

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