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Siddiqi Lecture in Islamic Studies

The Siddiqi Lecture in Islamic Studies was launched in 2014 to bring top scholars in the field of Islamic Studies to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and to foster a greater understanding of Islam in East Tennessee. We are grateful to our donors, Siddiqi Holdings of Knoxville, TN.

Asma Afsaruddin"Islamic Feminisms: Challenging Patriarchy in Muslim-Majority Societies"

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
5:30 pm
Cox Auditorium, Alumni Memorial Building

Our 50th Anniversary 2016 Siddiqi lecturer is Professor Asma Afsaruddin. Asma Afsaruddin is Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.  She is the author or editor of seven books, including Contemporary Issues in Islam (Edinburgh University Press, 2015) and the award-winning Striving in the Path of God: Jihad and Martyrdom in Islamic Thought (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Beginning in the twentieth century, Muslim feminist scholars have started challenging culturally-derived attitudes that have shaped patriarchal societies in Muslim-majority countries.  Their methodology, which undergirds Islamic Feminism, is to return to the Qur’anic text in order to retrieve what they believe to be the original egalitarian thrust of the central scripture of Islam.   These women exegetes thereby offer critiques of traditional methodologies of engaging the Qur’an and provide “alternative” readings of verses that deal specifically with gendered relations, which will be the focus of this lecture.

"Freedom of Expression in Islam and the West"

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
7:00 pm
Cox Auditorium, Alumni Memorial Building

Jonathan A. BrownThe second lecture in the series will be given by Jonathan A. Brown, the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and Director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding.

With controversies such as the protests calling for depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in Texas and tragedies like the attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical paper in Paris, much confusion surrounds the place of freedom of expression in Islam and Muslim societies.  For Americans, seeking to understand these issues raises compelling questions about the issue of freedom of expression in our own culture.  This lecture will address the question of the freedom of expression in the Islamic tradition and the West from both sides of this divide.

Sherman A. Jackson

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
7:00 pm
Cox Auditorium, Alumni Memorial Building

The first lecture in the series will be given by Professor Sherman A. Jackson, the King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and Director of the Center for Islamic Thought, Culture and Practice at the University of Southern California


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