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March 2017
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Spirit & Sound Series // Capoeira: The Music, Movements, and Ritual of the Spirit Circle

March 31 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Part of the Spirit and Sound series, The Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life presents an evening of “Capoeira: The Music, Movements, and Ritual of the Spirit Circle.” The evening will begin with a capoeira demonstration after which there will be a panel discussion on the history, cultural origins, and spiritual significance of capoeira. Topics explored will include: capoeira’s beginnings in Africa, destruction of documentation regarding its development in Brazil, the hybrid nature of the art form (instrument, song, movement,…

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Religion and Public Life Series: Halal Tourism and the Spoils of War in the Middle East – Attiya Ahmad

March 30 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm

The Religion and Public Life lecture series presents public conversations that expand on current theories and spur debate about religion and secularism, considering the range of secularisms and institutionalizations of religion in Europe, the US, and other parts of the world. Lectures in the series examine specific approaches to how something called “religion” is manifest in public life, and cover timely topics including law, museums and cultural institutions, education and health provisions, politics/diplomacy, prisons, and protest and social movements.   Halal…

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Tariq Ramadan: Muslims and/in the West: Past, Present, Future

March 30 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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…

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Attiya Ahmad – Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait

March 29 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm

Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait Everyday Conversions examines the widespread but little known phenomenon of migrant domestic workers’ Islamic conversions in the Arabian Peninsula and Persian Gulf region as a way to think more broadly about emergent transnational forms of gendered subjectivity, affinity, and belonging in our contemporary world. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Kuwait, other Gulf states, and parts of South Asia, and vividly illustrated by descriptions of domestic workers’…

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Book Talk: Beyond the Secular West

March 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

A Book Talk with Akeel Bilgrami, Prasenjit Duara, and Sudipta Kaviraj Hosted by the Committee on Global Thought with support from the South Asia Institute and the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life. March 24, 2017 · 3:00PM-4:30PM Columbia University, International Affairs Building, Room 918 Akeel Bilgrami, Editor, Beyond the Secular West; Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy; Member, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia Univeristy Prasenjit Duara, Oscar L. Tang Family Professor of East Asian Studies, Duke University Sudipta Kaviraj,…

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Religion and Public Life Series – Ruth Marshall

March 23 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm

The Religion and Public Life lecture series presents public conversations that expand on current theories and spur debate about religion and secularism, considering the range of secularisms and institutionalizations of religion in Europe, the US, and other parts of the world. Lectures in the series examine specific approaches to how something called “religion” is manifest in public life, and cover timely topics including law, museums and cultural institutions, education and health provisions, politics/diplomacy, prisons, and protest and social movements. Evangelical Truth…

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February 2017
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Josef Sorett – Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics

February 23 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

New Books in the Arts and Sciences – panel discussions celebrating recent work by the Columbia Faculty Josef Sorett, Associate Professor of Religion and African-American Studies and Director of the Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice (CARSS), has just released Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics through Oxford University Press. Spirit in the Dark offers an account of the ways in which religion, especially Afro-Protestantism, remained pivotal to the ideas and aspirations of African American literature across much of the…

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