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Scholar Manal Omar Recounts Time in Baghdad

Scholar Manal Omar Recounts Time in Baghdad

Manal Omar, an American Muslim scholar, presented her book, Barefoot in Baghdad, on Sept. 16 at the Edwin Meese Conference Room in Mason Hall. Omar has worked in humanitarian aid and development for more than 10 years. Her presentation was part of Fall for the Book.

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Omid Safi and the Importance of Remembering the Prophet

Omid Safi and the Importance of Remembering the Prophet

Most Muslims agree it is important to remember the Prophet Muhammad, but should non-Muslims take time to consider the spiritual impact Muhammad had on human history? Dr. Omid Safi of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill argues yes, and in an important lecture at George Mason University on September 23rd explained why students and educators of all faiths should consider Muhammad “one of the key figures in our shared human history.”

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Global Islamic Studies Center Awarded NEH Grant

Global Islamic Studies Center Awarded NEH Grant

The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies won a “Bridging Cultures” grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities for its proposal to run a program entitled, “The Legacies of Muslim Societies in the Emergence of Global Modernity, 1300-1900.”

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Professor Amal Amireh Gives Fenwick Fellows Lecture

Professor Amal Amireh Gives Fenwick Fellows Lecture

Professor Amal Amireh, the 2008-2009 Fenwick Fellow, will give the annual Fenwick Fellow Lecture on April 7, 2010 in the Johnson Center, Room A, at 2 - 4 pm. Her lecture is entitled "Between Nationalism and Globalization: Representations of Arab Masculinity in Arab Popular Culture."

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Mason Welcomes New Islamic Studies Program Director

Mason Welcomes New Islamic Studies Program Director

George Mason University welcomes Dr. Cemil Aydin as the new director of its Center for Global Islamic Studies. Aydin joined Mason’s History and Art History Department in the fall of 2009, holding the Endowed IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies, bringing with him years of experience in the fields of history and Middle Eastern studies.

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Religious Studies Welcomes Islamic Studies Professor

Religious Studies Welcomes Islamic Studies Professor

This fall, the Religious Studies Department welcomes Dr. Juliane Hammer to its distinguished list of professors. Dr. Hammer, who received her PhD in Islamic studies from Humboldt University in Berlin, has a wealth of experience in teaching Islamic studies having taught at Princeton, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Elon University.

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Hip Hop and Urban Islam in Europe

Hip Hop and Urban Islam in Europe

In a recent article, Public and International Affairs professor Peter Mandaville illustrates the rise of Muslim hip hop as a new hybrid form of expression and social outlet of Muslim youth. Read the whole article in the Global Studies Review, published by Mason's Center for Global Studies.

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