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Tariq Ramadan: Muslims and/in the West: Past, Present, Future March 30 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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With Brexit, the election of Trump in the US, and the rise of the far-right in Europe, Muslims are facing greater scrutiny than ever before.  Throughout Europe and the US they are increasingly considered a fifth column.  Globally, self-identified Muslims are often considered harbingers of regressive values that are antithetical to a secular project of progressive enlightenment.  Western political and media attempts to expunge Islam and Muslims from the collective imaginary are both a reminder of the exclusionary practices that constitute a collective “we” and a confirmation of the ineluctable entanglements between the West and Islam, its age-old “Other.”  Join us for an afternoon with Tariq Ramadan, Brinkley Messick, Katherine Pratt Ewing, and Hasan Azad as we look at the intimate interconnections among Muslims, Islam, and the West.

Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Oxford University (Oriental Institute, St Antony’s College) and also teaches at the Oxford Faculty of Theology. He is Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, (Qatar) and the University of Malaysia PerlisSenior Research Fellow at Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) and Director of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) (Doha, Qatar).

He holds an MA in Philosophy and French literature and PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Geneva. In Cairo, Egypt he received one-on-one intensive training in classic Islamic scholarship from Al-Azhar University scholars (ijazat in seven disciplines). Through his writings and lectures Tariq has contributed to the debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim world. He is active at academic and grassroots levels lecturing extensively throughout the world on theology, ethics, social justice, ecology and interfaith as well intercultural dialogue. He is President of the European think tank: European Muslim Network (EMN) in Brussels.
He is a member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars.

Latest books: “Islam and the Arab Awakening” OUP USA (2012); “The Arab Awakening: Islam and the New Middle East” Penguin (April 2012); “The Quest for Meaning, Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism” Penguin (2010); “What I believe” OUP USA (2009); “Radical Reform, Islamic Ethics and Liberation” OUP USA (2008),« Au péril des idées » (French) with Edgar Morin, Presses du Châtelet, March 2014.

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IRCPL Announces Grantees of 2016 Search for Project and Working Group Proposals

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The Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University supports academic scholarship on the study of religion, broadly defined.  We are proud of the interdisciplinary breadth of our work and are particularly excited to announce the results of our 2016 call for project and working group proposals. The awardees, from across Columbia’s campus and beyond, working in fields including architecture, literature, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, and political science, exemplify our desire to create spaces which facilitate connections, conversations, and collaborations across disciplinary lines. We look forward to the seminars, conferences, research, writing, and curricular innovation which will come from these groups beginning this spring, and continuing over the next year.

Our congratulations – and thanks – go out to:

Entheogens and Psychoactive Religion
David Kittay (Religion)

A History of Difference: Piety and Space in Early Modern West Asia
Manan Ahmed (History)
Katharina Ivanyi (Religion)

Medieval and Early Modern Struggles toward Humility, Virtue, and Truth
Bachir Diagne (French)
Pierre Force (French)
Christia Mercer (Philosophy)
Alan Stewart (English / Comp Lit)

Sites of Religious Memory in an Age of Exodus
Seth Kimmel (LAIC)
Naor Ben-Yehoyada (Anthropology

Religion and Revolution
Jean L Cohen (Political Science)
Andrew Arato (Sociology, The New School)

Palestinian Jerusalem: Religion Under Occupation
Nadia Abu El-Haj (Anthropology)
Lila Abu-Lughod (Anthropology)
Nora Akawi (Architecture)
Brian Boyd (Archaeology)
Nathalie Handal (CSER)
Rashid Khalidi (History)
Brinkley Messick (Anthropology)
Salim Tamari (MEI)

Information on some of these events is already available at ircpl.org; further details will be posted as they become available. Write to info@ircpl.org with questions.

Information on how you can apply for IRCPL support for future working groups and other proposals can be found here.

 

 

 

 

Katherine Pratt Ewing Honored with Faculty Distinction

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IRCPL Director Katherine Pratt Ewing was honored recently with Faculty Distinction after having been awarded the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism, and International Affairs Grant.  Professor Ewing, along with Alexander Stille, San Paolo Professor of International Journalism, is among the first grantees in this new program aimed at work that connects scholarship on religion to journalism training and practice.

A number of faculty from the Department of Religion were also honored, including Gil Anidjar, Clémence Boulouque, Josef Sorett, Robert Thurman, and Zhaohua Yang.  More information about the 2016 Faculty Distinction winners is available here.  The IRCPL congratulates all of the 2016 honorees.

Watch “Religion and the Vote”

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On October 17, 2016, IRCPL and the Department of Political Science convened a panel of experts to discuss the role of religion in the 2016 elections.  Participants included:

More information about the event can be found here.

A video recording of the event is now available here.

Video: “Religion and the Vote: The Role of Faith in Modern American Elections”

Religion and the Vote: The Role of Faith in Modern American Elections
Monday, October 17, 2016
More information about this event is available here.

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Video of “The Origins of Neoliberalism” Now Available

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On October 13, Dotan Leshem, a senior lecturer in the School of Political Science at the University of Haifa, spoke about his recent book, The Origins of Neoliberalism: Modeling The Economy from Jesus to Foucault (Columbia University Press).  He was joined by Daniel Colucciello Barbe, Pace University and Stathis Gourgouris, Columbia University. Gil Anidjar, Columbia University, moderator.  More information about the panel can be found here.

A video recording of the event is now available here.

 

Video: “The Origins of Neoliberalism”

The Origins of Neoliberalism – A Panel Conversation
Thursday, October 13, 2016
More information about this event is available here.

Featuring:

Dotan Leshem is a historian of systems of economic and political thought and a senior lecturer in the School of Political Science at the University of Haifa. Leshem’s book The Origins of Neoliberalism: Modeling The Economy from Jesus to Foucault was published by Columbia University Press in June 2016.

Daniel Colucciello Barber is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Pace University. He is the author of Deleuze and the Naming of God and On Diaspora, and his current research addresses the idea of conversion.

Stathis Gourgouris is Professor of Classics, English, and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is the author of Dream Nation and Does Literature Think?, and editor of Freud and Fundamentalism.

Gil Anidjar (moderator) is Professor in the Departments of Religion; the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS); and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS).  He is the author of, among other works, The Jew, the Arab: A History of the Enemy; Semites: Race, Religion, Literature; and Blood: a Critique of Christianity.