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Muslim Studies Endowment

Events Sponsored by the Muslim Studies Endowment


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Past Events

amina wadud, "Is there a Place for Feminism in the House of Islam?” 

7pm April 6, 2021

Co-Sponsored with the Hub for Black Affairs and Community Engagement; and the Race, Gender, and Sexual Studies Program

Watch Dr. amina wadud's talk.

Dr. amina wadud is a world-renowned scholar and activist with a focus on Islam, justice, gender and sexuality. This talk will provide historical background, development and epistemology to highlight the most dynamic aspect of Islamic reform, the reform of gender as a knowledge building project achieving more inclusive ethics, culture and policies.

Nabil Echchaibi, "We have nothing to hide!" Muslims Between the Blackmail of Transparency and the Right to Opacity  

7pm February 23, 2021

Co-Sponsored with the College of Communication.

Watch Dr. Nabil Echchaibi's discussion.

Dr. Nabil Echchaibi, Associate Director of the Center for Media, Religion & Culture at the University of Colorado-Boulder, uses examples from popular culture and art to discuss how to speak as Muslims and of Muslims away from the paranoia of terror and the politics of suspicion imposed by demands of strategic transparency.  

2019 - 2020

Omar Offendum, “SyrianamericanA”

5:30pm October 23, 2019

Omar Offendum




Co-sponsored with Global and Historical Studies and the Center for Faith and Vocation

Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American rapper/poet living in Los Angeles. Known for his unique blend of Hip-Hop and Arabic poetry, he is featured on prominent world news outlets, lectured at a number of prestigious academic institutions, collaborated with major museums and cultural organizations, and helped raise millions of dollars for various humanitarian relief groups. A graduate of the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture, he has carved a distinct path for himself as a thoughtful entertainer/activist able to speak to a multitude of relevant issues and diverse global audiences over the course of his decade-long career.

“The Most Merciful: Muslim work with Ex-Offenders”

7pm October 29, 2019

Co-sponsored with the Center for Faith and Vocation; the NEH/Frederic M. Ayres Fund; the Desmond Tutu Peace Lab; and the Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Classics

Many of America’s prisoners have embraced Islam while incarcerated, and Muslims have also been active in caring for the social and religious needs of ex-offenders. In this session of the Center for Faith and Vocation’s Seminar on Religion and Global Affairs, we explored what Islam has to say and what Muslims are doing about incarceration in America with guests from Chicago’s Interfaith Muslim Action Network, Dr. Harriet Lewis and Nasir Blackwell, and experts engaged in similar work locally, Kareem Bilal and Judge David Shaheed.

Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans, “Life in Amazing Times: Islam and Our Cultural Moment.”

6pm November 6, 2019

Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans Life in Amazing Times poster

Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans is a Chicago-based scholar of Islam. He converted to Islam while in high school, and undertook intensive studies in the foundational books of Islam. He has travelled from Egypt to Yemen in his studies, and was the first African-American to graduate from the esteemed Al-Azhar University’s Shari’a program. He also holds a degree in journalism from Columbia. Evans shares his knowledge in a number of American Islamic institutions of learning and community organizations.

Leila Fadel, “Reporting on Muslims in the American Media”

7pm March 2, 2020

Leila Fadel speaking at her event, "Reporting on Muslims in the American Media"

Co-sponsored with the College of Communication and Global and Historical Studies

Leila Fadel is a national correspondent for NPR, covering issues of culture, diversity, and race. Her stories share the intimate lives of Muslim Americans. Before joining NPR, she covered the Middle East for The Washington Post as the Cairo Bureau Chief. Prior to that, she covered the Iraq war for nearly five years with Knight Ridder, McClatchy Newspapers, and later the Washington Post. Her work has been recognized with a number of prestigious distinctions including the George. R. Polk award and the Lowell Thomas Award from the Overseas Press Club. In 2016 she was the Council on Foreign Relations Edward R. Murrow fellow. Fadel is a Lebanese-American journalist who speaks conversational Arabic and was raised in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

2018 - 2019

Ibtihaj Muhammad

7pm March 25, 2019

Co-sponsored with the Diversity Lecture Series

Ibtihaj Muhammad made history at the 2016 Rio Olympics as the first U.S. woman to compete in the games in hijab. That year she won bronze with the U.S. Women’s Saber Team. Ranked No. 7 in the world individually, Muhammad won gold with Team USA at the 2014 Senior World Championships and holds four bronze Senior World medals. Named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential people, Muhammad is best known as a world athlete, but she is also an author, memoirist, and fashion designer.