6th Annual Duke-UNC-CH Graduate Islamic Studies Conference

Negotiating Multiple Islams:
Societies, Traditions, and Cultures in Context

April 4-5, 2009
FedEx Global Education Center and Saunders Hall
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

     
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The Duke-UNC Islamic Studies Conference is an annual international conference drawing graduate students from programs such as religious studies, history, comparative literature, Islamic studies, anthropology, political science, sociology, and cultural studies.

The Departments of Religion at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are now accepting papers for inclusion in their Sixth Annual Graduate Islamic Studies Conference.

Negotiating Multiple Islams: Societies, Traditions, and Cultures in Context

April 4-5 2009
FedEx Global Education Center and Saunders Hall
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina


Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Mohsen Kadivar, Visiting Professor, University of Virginia

Mohsen Kadivar, the associate professor at the Iranian Institute of Philosophy in Tehran and the visiting professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, was born in Iran in 1959. He obtained the certificate of Ijtihad (the highest level in Islamic Studies) from grand Ayatollah H.A. Montazeri at Qom Seminary in 1997 and his Ph.D. in Islamic Philosophy and Theology from Tarbiat Modarres University in Tehran in 1999. Kadivar has penned 13 books (in Persian and Arabic) and over 50 articles in Islamic Studies (Philosophy, theology, jurisprudence and political thought). Among his best known books are Theories of Government in Shi'i Fiqh, Government by Guardianship (hokumat-e vela'i) and Haqq al-Nass (Islam and Human Rights). Among his articles in English are The Innovative Political Ideas of M. K. Khurāsānī (2005), Freedom of religion and Thought in Islam (2006) and Intellectual Islam and Human Rights (2009). (www.kadivar.com).

Opening Talk
Dr. Carl Ernst, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, UNC

Respondents
Dr. Ebrahim Moosa, Professor of Islamic Studies, Duke
Dr. Omid Safi, Professor of Religious Studies, UNC
Dr. Mbaye Lo, Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke
Dr. Ellen A. McLarney, Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke

Locations
Saturday, April 4, 2009 - Saunders Hall, Room 220
Sunday, April 5, 2009 - FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005

Short Film and Discussion
Home Away From Home: The Return of Ismaili Muslims to Uganda
Graduate Student Filmmaker: Aleem Karmali, Goldsmiths College/Institute of Ismaili Studies
Sunday, April 5, 11am, GEC Auditorium

Home Away From Home: The Return of Ismaili Muslims to Uganda is a documentary film that profiles four members of the Ismaili Muslim community who have returned to Kampala after being forced to leave Uganda as refugees in 1972 during the Asian expulsion by then-President Idi Amin. It looks at the reasons for their return after having settled down in countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom, and examines their feelings about being back and the challenges that they have faced since returning. It also seeks to understand why members of this particular community have been relatively successful at getting back onto their feet after losing everything as refugees.

Registration and attendence is free.
Please contact organizers at DukeUNCconf@gmail.com

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