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Meet the Author: Asma Afsaruddin

Issues in Contemporary Islam

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 5:00pm

College Arts & Humanities Institute

We are delighted to announce CAHI’s Meet the Author/Artist series for 2016-17, which will begin with a talk by Asma Afsaruddin on Thursday, October 20, at 5pm. Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at IU Bloomington, Afsaruddin will speak about her recent book, Contemporary Issues in Islam (Edinburgh University Press, 2015). Please join us at CAHI (1211 E. Atwater Avenue) for a discussion and reception following the talk.

Most public — and occasionally academic — discourses in the West present the Islamic tradition as unchanging and therefore unable to respond to the modern world. Such an ahistorical approach can foster the belief that Muslim-majority and Western societies are destined to clash. This book reveals instead the diversity and richness of intellectual resources within the Islamic tradition which Muslims draw upon to respond to the challenges of modernity, while interrogating and shaping modernity itself.

Asma Afsaruddin is the author of several books, including Striving in the Path of God: Jihad and Martyrdom in Islamic Thought (Oxford University Press, 2013) and The First Muslims: History and Memory (Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2008). She has previously been Chair of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and was a CAHI Research Fellow in 2012-13.