Tuesday U: History of Islam in America, Oct. 26 - Nov. 16
Join the Mercy Corps Action Center for our Tuesday U Fall Seminar, History of Islam in America, led by Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Associate Professor of Religion and Humanities at Reed College. The class is held on four consecutive Tuesday evenings, October 26, November 2, 9, and 16, from 7-9:30 pm, at the Mercy Corps Action Center in Portland's Oldtown/Chinatown district. Tuesday U is co-sponsored by Oregon Humanities and World Affairs Council.
Registration for this seminar includes a copy of the class text, "A History of Islam in America," available at the Action Center for pick-up around October 4. There is a suggested reading assignment prior to the first class; please visit www.actioncenter.org/portland for more information.
The study of American Muslims has focused largely on how Muslims are faring in the United States rather than on how they are making American history. Using his recently released book "A History of Islam in America," (2010, Cambridge University Press) as a foundation, Kambiz GhaneaBassiri leads a seminar on how the history of American Muslims challenges the highly charged dichotomy between "Islam and the West" which has come to frame the study of American Muslims and the relation between Islam and contemporary culture.
GhaneaBassiri's four part class places Muslims within a narrative of American religious history. He will introduce some of the founding, primary source materials (such as the short Arabic autobiography of 'Umar bin Said'), present brief lectures to contextualize the documents and guide informal, small group discussions to explore how Muslims have participated in American history.
Kambiz GhaneaBassiri was born in Tehran, Iran, and grew up in the United States. Earning a BA from Claremont College, he went on to receive an A.M. and Ph.D. in religion from Harvard University. Named a Carnegie Scholar in 2006, GhaneaBassiri joined the Reed College faculty in 2002.
For more information, visit the Mercy Corps Action Center website, www.actioncenter.org/portland.
Mercy Corps Action Center
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