AVACGIS Guest Lecture by Dr. Zaid Adhami

“To Reform or Decolonize the Mind? Islamophobia, American Muslims, and the Dilemmas of Double Consciousness”

Thursday, April 30, 2020 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
WebEx Virtual Event

(Image credit: Ridwan Adhami)

In the past decade, concerns with a widespread “crisis of faith” have become a pervasive feature of American Muslim public discourse – an anxious sense that more and more Muslims are losing their religion in the face of doubt. This talk will explore how this sense of crisis is deeply connected to the dilemmas and insecurities emerging from the pervasive Islamophobia and colonization that Muslims live with as a part of the fabric of their lives, and how this is tied to debates around internal reform and critique.

Zaid Adhami is Assistant Professor of Religion at Williams College. He is also a research fellow at the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies. Dr. Adhami received his PhD in 2017 from Duke University's Department of Religious Studies. His research and teaching engage a number of fields: Islam in the United States, anthropology of Islam, theories of religion and secularity, Islam and race, as well as Islamic theology and philosophy. He is currently working on completing his first book, titled, Questioning Belief: Inside The American Muslim “Crisis of Faith.”