Tuesday, November 16, 2021 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
Zoom Virtual Event
Recent years have witnessed increasing critical attention devoted to Islamic influences in early America. Still largely overlooked, however, are the diverse receptions of Islam that impacted the rise of Indigenous print cultures. This lecture begins to address this scholarly deficit, revealing the rich Islamic interests that helped catalyze historic publications in Iroquoian languages. In recognition of this year’s bicentennial of Sequoyah’s groundbreaking syllabary (1821-2021), our lecture will pay particular attention to landmark Cherokee periodicals and pamphlets, discovering Middle Eastern engagements newly inscribed on far West margins.
Jeffrey Einboden is Presidential Research, Scholarship, and Artistry Professor at Northern Illinois University, and prior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. A specialist in the literatures and languages of early America and the Middle East, Einboden is author of several monographs, including most recently The Islamic Lineage of American Literary Culture (2016), The Qur’an and Kerygma (2019) and Jefferson’s Muslim Fugitives: The Lost Story of Enslaved Africans, their Arabic Letters, and an American President (2020).