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Center's small research grants now open to graduate students

The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies is pleased to announce that it will be awarding a number of seed research grants in 2014-15 designed to foster and cultivate the development of new projects in the study of Muslim societies and Islamic Studies, and to support the ongoing work of advanced research students.

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Three new Religious Studies courses on Islam offered in Fall 2014

Taught by Dr. Maria Dakake, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, and Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina, IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies, the three newest courses on Islam at Mason explore the life of Muhammad as well as modern issues including democracy and human rights. Registration for these elective courses is open until September 2.

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Lecture Series concludes with talk by Simonetta Calderini

On April 29, the Ali Vural Ak Center hosted Simonetta Calderini from Roehampton University in London for a lecture titled, "Citing the Past to Address the Present: Authorities and Unexpected Interlocutors on Female Leadership of Salat", the final talk of this semester's Lecture Series on Women and Gender in Islam.

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Dina Khoury presents research on "Martyrdom in Iraq"

As part of the Spring Lecture Series on Women and Gender in Islam, the Ali Vural Ak Center hosted historian Dina Rizk Khoury from George Washington University on April 8 for a guest lecture discussing the effects of war on Iraqi society over the past three decades, emphasizing the contentious issue of "martyrdom" and the debates surrounding it.

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"Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean" Curriculum Now Online

The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, with a grant from the British Council’s and Social Science Research Council’s “Our Shared Past” initiative, has developed a set of six teaching modules entitled "Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean: A World History Curriculum Project for Educators".

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Lara Deeb starts Lecture Series on Women and Gender in Islam

The Ali Vural Ak Center’s Spring 2014 Lecture Series on Women and Gender in Islam launched on February 20 with a presentation by Lara Deeb from Scripps College titled “Piety and Pleasure: Youth Negotiations of Leisure and Morality in South Beirut”. The series is meant to highlight nuanced emerging scholarship that examines the issues and dynamics surrounding gender, particularly women, in Muslim communities around the world.

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