Center Lecture Series

The Center for Global Islamic Studies regularly hosts lectures by established and emerging scholars who bring diverse perspectives to the discussions of global Islam. They contribute to the intellectual life of the center, George Mason University, and the local community. For the Center's recorded lectures on Vimeo please refer to Previous Center Lectures.

Spring 2019 Events


Jan. 31, 12:00pm, Enterprise Hall 318 (conference room)

Cortney Hughes-Rinker (Anthropology) - "Actively Dying: Death, Medical Discourse, and the Creation/Transformation of Muslim Identity During End-of-Life Care"

Feb. 28, 2019 1:30pm, Enterprise Hall 318 (conference room)

Abdalaziz Sachedina (Religious Studies, IIIT Endowed Chair in Islamic Studies) - "Juridical Ethics in Islam"

March 28, 2019 1:30pm, Enterprise Hall, 318 (conference room)

Benjamin Gatling (English & Folklore)- "Expressions of Sufi Culture in Tajikistan"

April 22, 2019 1:30pm, Enterprise Hall, 318 (conference room)

Ahsan Butt (Political Science) - "Law & Order: Rebels as Judges in South Asia"

March 27, 2019 3:00pm, Merten Hall, 1203

Yasmine Ipek (George Mason University) - "Unpacking Sectarianism in Contemporary Lebanon: A Critical Ethnographic Study"

Fall 2018 Events

Oct. 10, 10:30am, Johnson Center, Room F 

Book Talk with Huseyin Yilmaz, - Director, AVACGIS (George Mason University)  "The Ottoman Caliphate's Mystical Turn", co-sponsored with Fall for the Book Festival 2018

October 12, 12:00pm, Research Hall, Room 163

Book Talk with Alia Malek, - "Erasing Syria: The Home That Was Our Country", co-sponsored with Fall for the Book Festival 2018

October 12, 3:00pm, Research Hall, Room 163

Book Talk with Sylvia Chan-Malik (Rutgers University) - "Women of Color in Islam", co-sponsored with Fall for the Book Festival 2018

Nov. 1, 4:00pm, Johnson Center, Room G

Kristian Petersen (Old Dominion University) - "Interpreting Islam in China"

December 6, 12:00pm, Johnson Center Bistro

Senay Ozden, "Memory, Migration and Resistance: Narratives of Syrian Refugee Women in Turkey and Syria"

Spring 2018 Events

Feb. 6, 2:00pm, Johnson Center, Room C 

Muhammad Isa Waley (Formerly Curator of Persian & Turkish manuscripts, British Library) - "The Study of Manuscripts and its Importance for Research on Islamic Literature and Culture" 

March 27, 4:30pm, Johnson Center, Room B

David Novak (University of Toronto) - "Maimonides and Islam", co-sponsored with Religious Studies

April 4, 2:00pm, Johnson Center, Room B

Abdulrahman al-Salmi (Muscat, Oman) - "A Modern Islamic Perspective on Coexistence and Pluralism"

Fall 2017 Events

Oct. 13, 1:30pm, Johnson Center, Room F

Book Talk with Cemil Aydin- Founding Director, AVACGIS (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) - "The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History", co-sponsored with Fall for the Book Festival 2017

Oct. 16, 1:30pm, Johnson Center, Room F

Presentation and Demonstration by Khalid Casado, "An Afternoon of Calligraphy", co-sponsored with Scripts N' Scribes

Nov. 1, 7:30pm, Research Hall, Room 163

Joshua White (Johns Hopkins University-SAIS)- "Beyond 'Moderation': Islamic Politics and the Security State in Pakistan"

Nov. 16, 12:00pm, Johnson Center, Room A

Book Talk with Noha Mellor & Respondent, Nancy Youssef, "Voice of the Muslim Brotherhood", co-sponsored with Modern & Classical Languages and Global Affairs