Islam in Global Perspectives Speaker Series

The Department of Comparative Religion will host the speaker series “Islam in Global Perspectives” during Spring 2014.

The semester-long series is based on public lectures from eight experts offering a range of disciplinary and/or activist backgrounds. Each speaker will examine an aspect of how Islam as a globalized moral, legal, and cultural system adapts itself to situations of plurality, minoritization, and modernity.

The goal of the series is to spark campus and community-wide discussion on themes critical to understanding contemporary Muslim cultures and societies.

In addition to the public lectures, speakers will also serve as guest lecturers in undergraduate and graduate classes.

Scheduled lecturers are:
  • Ahmed El Shamsy, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
  • Sally Howell, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • Mohammad Hassan Khalil, Associate Professor, Michigan State University
  • Mara Leichtman, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
  • Zarinah El-Amin Naeem, Director, NIYAH Publishing, Michigan
  • Tabassum Ruby, Postdoctoral Scholar, Western Michigan University
  • Nathan Tabor, Wenner-Gren & Fulbright Scholar, University of Texas
  • Dawud Walid, Director, Council of American Islamic Relations Michigan
Your tax-deductible donation in any amount would make you a co-sponsor for this inaugural Islam Global Forum event. For questions, suggestions or more information, please contact Alisa Perkins, assistant professor, Comparative Religion Department, Western Michigan University at or (269) 387-4396.