Book Review Colloquium on Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Fall For The Book 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM EDT
Johnson Center, Gold Room

FFTBThe Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University is pleased to announce the program of the 2017 Book Review Colloquium on Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. The Colloquium, held in cooperation with the Fall for the Book festival, features book reviews of recent noteworthy publications in the broader field of Islamic Studies by graduate students across a diverse set of institutions. The program is organized around three themes this year and seeks to foster a dedicated effort toward establishing a lasting conversation between academic and lay readership. Select reviews will be published on Maydan (, the online publication of the Center.


10:00am-12:00pm Panel 1: Islam in North America

  • Hale Inanoglu (George Mason Univ.), Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip Hop in the United States by Su'ad Abdul Khabeer
  • Muhammad Gada (Aligarh Muslim Univ., India), Islamophobia and Racism in the United States by Erik Love
  • Sumeyra Aydogdu (UC-San Diego), Muslims and the Making of America by Amir Hussain
  • Rasmieyh Abdelnabi (George Mason Univ.), Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity by Shabana Mir

1:00pm-3:00pm Panel 2: Islamic Law

  • Johannes Makar (Harvard Univ.), The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority, and the Making of the Modern State by Iza R. Hussein
  • Wasim Shiliwala (Princeton Univ.), Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari'ah in the Modern Age by Khaled Abou El Fadl
  • David Owen (Harvard Univ.), The Zahiri Madhhab (3rd/9th-10th/16th Century): A Textualist Theory of Islamic Law by Amr Osman
  • Sebastian Bernburg (George Washington Univ.), Margins of the Market: Trafficking and Capitalism Across the Arabian Sea by Johan Matthew, and A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780-1950 by Fahad Ahmad Bishara

3:30pm-5:30pm Panel 3: Islam, Globalization and Cosmopolitanism

  • Micah Hughes (UNC-Chapel Hill), Muslim Civil Society and the Politics of Religious Freedom in Turkey by Jeremy Walton
  • Nagham El Karhili (Georgia State Univ.), For Humanity or For the Umma: Aid and Islam in Transnational NGOs by Marie Juul Petersen
  • Mohammed El-Sayed Bushra (Georgetown Univ.), Recalling the Caliphate: Decolonisation and World Order by Salman Sayyid
  • Raissa von Doetinchem de Rande (Princeton Univ.), What is Islam?: The Importance of Being Islamic by Shahab Ahmed
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