June 16, 2020, 12:00 PM to December 2, 2020, 2:00 PM EDT
Zoom Virtual Event
The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies (AVACGIS) at George Mason University is organizing a webinar series that will explore the impact of Covid-19 on various dimensions of Muslim religious life in global perspective. Each webinar will feature a leading scholar whose work is starting to explore the intersection of Islam and the global pandemic with a view to exploring Covid-19’s impact on Muslim thought, theology, law, observance, and religious authority.
Topics the series will explore include:
Each 1-hour session will feature a live presentation plus Q&A/discussion on Zoom. Video and audio recordings of each speaker’s remarks will also be made available later for asynchronous access.
June 16, 2020 - 12:00 PM EDT
Adnan Zulfiqar (Rutgers Law School), “Mapping Legal Responses to Covid-19: The Case of Islamic Law”
July 14, 2020 - 1:00 PM EDT
Dietrich Reetz (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient & Free University, Berlin), “Covid-19 and the Missionary Work of the Tablighi Jamaat in South Asia and Beyond: Negotiating Grassroots Activism, Religious Authority and the State”
August 25, 2020 - 2:00 PM EDT
Kameelah Mu'Min Rashad (West Chester University of Pennsylvania & Muslim Wellness Foundation), "Holding on to the Light of Faith: Black Muslims Coping with Covid-19, Social Unrest & Racial Violence"
September 22, 2020 - 1:00 PM EDT
Andrea Stanton (Denver University), "Lived Islam and Covid-19: Belief, Piety, Practice, and the Digital Turn”
October 7, 2020 - 2:00 PM EDT
Marcia Hermansen (Loyola University Chicago), "American Muslim Negotiations of Authority in the Time of Coronavirus”
October 21, 2020 - 12:00 PM EDT
Cortney Hughes Rinker (George Mason University), “‘Not only are we already here, you’re all Muslim. Salam Brother.’: The Islamic Nature of the New Normal in Covid-19 and Exposing the Conflation of Religion, Race, and Culture”
November 4, 2020 - 1:00 PM EDT
Anna Piela (Northwestern University) & Joanna Krotofil (Jagiellonian University), “I’ve discovered I love to pray alone”: Women’s approaches to practising Islam during the Covid-19 pandemic"
December 2, 2020 - 1:00 PM EDT
Nancy Khalil (University of Michigan), “US Imams and Efforts to Prevent a Professional Epidemic in a Pandemic”