[Conference Report] Duke-UNC Annual Middle East and Islamic Studies Conference | “Muslims, Motherlands and Minoritization” | March 2, 2019 at UNC 

On March 2, 2019 the Islamicate Graduate Student Association (IGSA) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosted the 16th Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Middle East and Islamic Studies Conference, the longest running graduate student conference…

The Bosnian Case of ‘Liberal Islam’

In ‘Want to Cultivate a Liberal European Islam?,’ Riada Asimovic Akyol argued that “a tolerant European Islam has already existed for centuries” in countries such as Bosnia, Albania, and Turkey. She supported her claim with…

Race and Islam: Doctrine and the Vernacular

Islam, like all religious identities, is both a way of knowing and a mode of practice.  Racial identity is also a way of knowing and a mode of practice. In other words, like all identities,…

The Problem of “Political Sufism”

In my 2013 MA thesis entitled “Making Lite of Islam: Representations of Sufism in American Religion and the Public Sphere”, I devoted a chapter to the proceedings of the “Understanding Sufism and its Potential Role in US…