Program for the 2002 meeting of the American Academy of Religion,

Study of Islam section



A18 Academic Teaching and the Study of Religion Section and Study of Islam Section

Saturday, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm


Jonathan E. Brockopp, Bard College, Presiding

Theme: Teaching Islam after September 11


Frederick M. Denny, University of Colorado, Boulder
Anna M. Gade, Oberlin College
Zayn Kassam, Pomona College
Omid Safi, Colgate University
Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University

Business Meeting:

Jonathan E. Brockopp, Bard College, and Zayn Kassam, Pomona College, Presiding


A49 Study of Islam Section

Saturday, 4:00 pm-6:30 pm


Zayn Kassam, Pomona College, Presiding

Theme: Intimate Acts and Public Consequences: Sex, Gender, and Power in

Islamic Societies before the Modern Era

Scott A. Kugle, Swarthmore College
Shah Hussayn's Sexual-Spiritual Play: Homoerotic Acts and Public Morality in the Mughal Era

Kecia Ali, Duke University
Prohibited Acts and Forbidden Partners: The Consequences of Unlawful Sexual Activity in Ninth-Century Sunni Legal Texts

Kathryn M. Kueny, Lawrence University
Excising the Other: Islamic Visions of Male Circumcision

Khaleel Mohammed, Brandeis University
"Your Wives Are a Tilth for You." Interpretations of Qur'an 2:223


A110 Study of Islam Section

Sunday, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm


Diana Lobel, Boston University, Presiding

Theme: Imagination in Medieval Islamic Thought


Scott C. Alexander, Catholic Theological Union
Vincent J. Cornell, Duke University
Aaron William Hughes, University of Calgary
Steven M. Wasserstrom, Reed College


Elliot R. Wolfson, New York University


A141 Study of Islam Section

Sunday, 4:00 pm-6:30 pm


Marcia Hermansen, Loyola University, Chicago, Presiding

Theme: Sufism and the State


David Buchman, Hanover College
Devin DeWeese, Indiana University
R. Michael Feener, Reed College
Rob Rozehnal, Duke University
Omid Safi, Colgate University


Bruce B. Lawrence, Duke University


A176 Study of Islam Section

Monday, 9:00 am-11:30 am


Gordon D. Newby, Emory University, Presiding

Theme: Interpreting the Qur'an: Past and Present

David Vishanoff, Emory University
Some Epistemological and Hermeneutical Dimensions of the Doctrine of the Created Qur'an

Andrew J. Lane, University of Toronto
Al-Zamakhshari's (d.1144CE) Use of an Earlier Source, al-Zajjaj's ( Ma'ani l-Qur'an, in His Qur'an Commentary, "al-Kashshaf"

Roxanne D. Marcotte, McGill University
The Critique of the Limitation of Exegesis by the Disaggregation School of Quranic Exegesis

Michael Frishkopf, University of Alberta
Public Qur'anic Recitation and the Sonic Contestation of Islam in Contemporary Egypt

David L. Johnston, Yale University
Humanity as God's Caliphs: A Growing Overlap of Reformism and Islamism on Human Rights Discourse?


Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University


A231 Study of Islam Section

Monday, 4:00 pm-6:30 pm


Amir Hussain, California State University, Northridge, Presiding

Theme: Negotiating Identity in Relation: Contemporary Islams around the Globe

Anna Bigelow, University of California, Santa Barbara
Sharing Saints, Sharing Sites: Sufism in Punjab with and without Muslims

Valerie J. Hoffman, University of Illinois
The Articulation of Ibadi Identity in Modern Oman and Zanzibar

Markus Dressler, New York University
Questioning the Dichotomous Concept of Religion: The Case of Secularist Turkish Alevism

Mark J. Sedgwick, American University, Cairo
Sufism and Modernity: The Budshishiyya and the Moroccan Francophone Milieu

Peter Ellard, Siena College
Sufis in a Shaker Village: Bring the Kids. Life in the Abode of the Message, a Contemporary Sufi Community in Upstate New York


Nelly Van Doorn-Harder, Valparaiso University


A259 Study of Islam Section

Tuesday, 9:00 am-11:30 am


Alan Godlas, University of Georgia, Presiding

Theme: Power, Authority, and Selfhood in Medieval Islam: Shi'ism and Sufism

Elizabeth R. Alexandrin, McGill University
Deception and Intrigue at the Fatimid Court: Altercations in the Eleventh-Century Isma'ili Da'wah

Liyakat Takim, Vanderbilt University
Biography as Literary Genre: The Struggle for Authority in Shi'i Rijal Texts

Joseph Lumbard, Yale University
Ahmad al-Ghazzali and the Beginnings of the Persian Sufi Love Tradition

T. Emil Homerin, University of Rochester
''When Rapture Was Intense:'' Sufi Writings of Aishah al-Bauniyah

Maria Massi Dakake, George Mason University
The Soul as ''Barzakh'': Mulla Sadra''s Theory of Human Becoming