Program for the Study of Islam Section at the AAR,
Fall 2006 meeting


Legal note so the AAR doesn’t sue me:   This schedule is provided as a service for the AAR members of the Study of Islam section and the Islamic Mysticism Group.  As always, do kindly take a moment to consult the AAR program and the online updates to see if there have been any changes, cancellations, updates, etc.


Items that appear through the Study of Islam Section, Islamic Mysticism Group, or the Contemporary Islam Consultation are in BOLD letter.


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PRE-CONFERENCE MEETING:  Registration required.

Religion and Media Workshop

The "Muhammad Cartoon" Controversy:

Perspectives on Media, Religion, Law, and Culture


Friday, November 17, 2006
AAR, Washington

Convention Center CC-142


Presiding: Stewart M. Hoover and Nelly Van Doorn


10:00 Introductions and coffee, opening remarks 


10:30 Panel One: The Controversy from the perspective of Religious and Islamic Studies


Presiding: Nelly Van Doorn


1) Laury Silvers - Skidmore College,

2) Peter Chelkowski - New York University,

3) Bruce Lawrence, Professor, Duke University,

4) Tim Jensen - Lecturer, University of Southern Denmark,

5) Vincent Cornell – Emory University,


11:45 Break

12:00 Lunch and Small Group Discussion of Panel One (randomly assigned)

2:00 Panel Two: Now What? Reflections on the Future of Religious Controversies
 and the Media: Avoiding, Covering, and Studying Them


Presiding: Stewart Hoover


1) Amir Hussain - Loyola Marymount University,

2) Winnifred Fallers Sullivan – National Humanities Center,

3) Carolyn Marvin – Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania,

4) Omar Mullick – Print journalist, New York,

5) Genvieve Abdo - Journalist and Author, New York,


3:15 Break

3:30 Small Group Discussion of Panel Two (randomly assigned again)

4:30 Re-convene plenary for wrap-up: Stewart Hoover and Nelly Van Doorn, Presiding


5:00 End







Comparative Studies in Religion Section and Religion in South Asia Section
Saturday - 9:00 am-11:30 am
CC-143A; View Map (coming soon)

Carla Bellamy, Columbia University
Got Lobān? Effacement, Abundance, and the Cross-Tradition Appeal of Indian Islamic Healing Centers



Afro-American Religious History Group
Saturday - 9:00 am-11:30 am
CC-204B; View Map (coming soon)
Debra Mubashshir Majeed, Beloit College, Presiding

Theme: Variegated Faces: Non-traditional Histories of Black Islam

Malachi Crawford, University of Missouri, Columbia
Fashioning a Religion: Domestic Workers and the Lost Found Nation of Islam (1933-1942)

Paul Easterling, Rice Universtiy
Moorish Magic and Noble Drew Ali’s Temple of Hip Hop: Hip Hop Music and the Legacy of Black Nationalism in America

Michael Muhammad Knight, Phelps, NY
Death-Angels and Muslim Sons: The Question of White Five Percenters


Edward E. Curtis, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis



Contemporary Islam Consultation
Saturday - 9:00 am-11:30 am
CC-147A; View Map (coming soon)


New Program Unit

Richard C. Martin, Emory University, Presiding

Theme: Islamist Discourses and Issues

Rosalind Gwynne, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Abdullah Azzam on Sura 9: From Tafsir to Takfir to Tirade

Raquel Ukeles, Fairfield University
Does Islam Value or Reject Innovation? Qaradāwī’s “Modern” Interpretation of Bid‘ah

Elizabeth Bucar, University of Chicago
Good Hejab, Bad Hejab: Khomeini and Women’s Imperfect Obedience in Iran

Mark J. Sedgwick, American University, Cairo
Hanifi Traditionalism: An Alternative to Salafism in Chechnya

Jacquelene Brinton, University of Virginia
The Role of Islamist Rhetoric in the Perpetuation of Violence against Muslims: The Case of Hassan al-Turabi and Genocide in Sudan


Kevin Jaques, Indiana University, Bloomington

Business Meeting:

Richard C. Martin, Emory University, Presiding




Ethics Section and Childhood Studies and Religion Consultation
Saturday - 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
CC-149A; View Map (coming soon)
Theme: Children's Rights and Responsibilities: Interfaith Perspectives

Zayn Kassam, Pomona College
Muslim Children: Problematics and Prospects in Light of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child


Study of Islam Section
Saturday - 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
CC-144C; View Map (coming soon)

Valerie Hoffman, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Presiding

Theme: Patterns of Religious Authority and Reform among African Muslims

Scott Reese, Northern Arizona University
Debating the Equality of Souls: Social Status, Religious Authority, and Sufi Hagiography in Italian Colonial Somalia

Ruediger Seesemann, Northwestern University
Between Tradition and Reform: The Hadhrami Model of Islamic Learning and Religious Authority in Contemporary Kenya

Ousman Kobo, Gettysburg College
Western Educated Muslim Elites and the Development of Ahl al-Sunna Reform Movements in Ghana and Burkina Faso, 1960-1990

Zakyi Ibrahim, University of Winnipeg
Some Sociological Aspects of Dan Fodio's Nineteenth-Century Reforms

Shobana Shankar, Lafayette College
Popular Revival as Political Reform: The Northern Nigerian Ideal of Islam in a Corrupt Society


Ebrahim Moosa, Duke University



Women and Religion Section
Saturday - 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
CC-147A; View Map (coming soon)

Theme: Hagar, Sarah, and Their Children: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Women in Dialogue

Amina Wadud, Virginia Commonwealth University



Comparative Religious Ethics Group
Saturday - 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
CC-208A; View Map (coming soon)

Betsy Perabo, Western Illinois University
The Fatwa and the Epistle: Genres of Consultation and Advice-Giving in Christianity and Islam


Islamic Mysticism Group
Saturday - 4:00 pm-6:30 pm
CC-146C; View Map (coming soon)
Christiana Gruber, Indiana University, Presiding

Theme: Raising the Discourse to Another Level: Diverse Appropriations and Adaptations of Muhammad's Night Journey and Ascension

Elizabeth R. Alexandrin, University of Manitoba
Prophetic Ascent and Initiatory Ascent in Qadi al-Nu'man's Asas al-Ta'wil

Frederick S. Colby, Miami University of Ohio
Early Imami Shi'i Narratives and the Construction of the Story of Muhammad's Ascension

Aaron W. Hughes, University of Calgary
Heavenly Journey as Contested Symbol: Echoes of the Mi'raj in Medieval Hebrew Literature

Vernon James Schubel, Kenyon College
"When Muhammad Went on the Mi'raj He Saw a Lion on the Road": The Mi'raj in the Alevi-Bektashi Tradition



Religion in Europe Consultation
Saturday - 4:00 pm-6:30 pm
CC-154A; View Map (coming soon)

Andrii Krawchuk, University of Sudbury, Presiding

Theme: The Christian and Muslim Crossroads of European Identity: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Gustavo Benavides, Villanova University
Christianity, Islam, and European Identity: From the Mozarabic Chronicle of 754 to the Jylland Posten Cartoons of 2005

Ina Merdjanova, Sofia University
Muslim Identities in Southeast Europe between Nationalism and Transnationalism

Amy Marga, Princeton Theological Seminary
Muslim Rage at "the West" as a Mirror for Protestant Self-Reflection: An Exploration of Protestantism's Identity through the "Caricature-crisis" in Germany

Martyn A. Oliver, Boston University
What to Be or Not to Be: Islam, Satire, and Identity in the European Union

Business Meeting:

Robert Alvis, Saint Meinrad School of Theology, Presiding
Andrii Krawchuk, University of Sudbury, Presiding



The Qur'an and Biblical Literature Section  (S18-125) meets on Saturday
from 4:00-6:30pm).



Study of Islam Section
Sunday - 9:00 am-11:30 am
CC-145B; View Map (coming soon)

Khalid Yahya Blankinship, Temple University, Presiding

Theme: Islamic Fundamentalism”: Homogeny Identified or Diversity Homogenized?

Lynda Clarke, Concordia University, Montreal
Fundamentalism and Modern Shiism

David L. Johnston, Yale University
Hassan al-Hudaybi and the Muslim Brotherhood: Can Islamic Fundamentalism Eschew the Islamic State?

Florian Pohl, Emory University
Contesting Fundamentalism: The Case of Islamic Education

David Harrington Watt, Temple University
The Category “Islamic Fundamentalism”: Good for Polemics, Bad for Scholarship?

Simon Wood, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Rethinking the “Fundamentals” of Fundamentalism: Dualism, Literalism, Golden Age-ism


Gordon D. Newby, Emory University

Business Meeting:

Nelly Van Doorn-Harder, Valparaiso University, Presiding
Omid Safi, University of North Carolina, Presiding



African Religions Group and Religions, Medicines, and Healing Group
Sunday - 9:00 am-11:30 am
CC-144C; View Map (coming soon)

Musa Adeniyi, Obafemi Awolowo University
The Spiritual Healing Dimensions of Islam: Shehu Korkoroadua as a Case Study



Study of Islam Section
Sunday - 9:00 am-11:30 am
CC-143C; View Map (coming soon)

Seyyed Hossein Nasr, The George Washington University, Presiding

Theme: Comprehending the Qur'ān: Critical Issues Raised by the Publication of E. J. Brill's Encyclopaedia of the Qur'ān


Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University

Claude Gilliot, University of Aix-en-Provence

William A. Graham, Harvard University

Wadad Kadi, University of Chicago

Andrew Rippin, University of Victoria


Sidney Griffith, Catholic University of America



Religion, Politics, and the State Group
Sunday - 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
CC-143B; View Map (coming soon)

James L. Rowell, Lafayette College
Political Theology at the Extremes: Gandhi and Bin Laden

Robert F. Shedinger, Luther College
Wall of Separation or Barrier to Justice? Valuing an Islamic Approach to "Church-State" Separation



Study of Islam Section
Sunday - 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
RW-Grand Ballroom North; View Map (coming soon)

Amir Hussain, Loyola Marymount University, Presiding

Theme: Cartoons of Muhammad and Muslim Responses


Liyakat Takim, University of Denver

Munir Jiwa, University of Toronto

Marcia Hermansen, Loyola University Chicago

Laury Silvers, Skidmore College

Hatem Al-Bazian, University of California, Berkeley

Kristin Sands, Sarah Lawrence College


Jocelyne Cesari, Harvard University



Study of Islam Section
Sunday - 5:00 pm-6:30 pm
CC-144A; View Map (coming soon)

Ruqayya Khan, Trinity University, Presiding

Theme: Islam and Authority in a Public Space

David Simonowitz, Otis College of Art and Design
From 12 to 124,000 Venerable Models: Externally Dissimilar Manifestations of Shi`i Islam in Iranian Ritual Spaces

Karen G. Ruffle, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
A "Good Woman" Embodied: Constructing Fatima Kubra as an Idealized Indian Shi‘a Muslim Bride/Widow

Behnam Sadeghi, Princeton University
A Stylometric Evaluation of Mehdi Bazargan’s Chronology of the Qur’an

Mohammad Khalil, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Between Heaven and Hell: Al-Ghazālī, Ibn al-‘Arabi, Ibn Taymiyya, and Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya on Salvation and the Fate of "Others"

Irfana Hashmi, New York University
The Women of the Medieval Minbar



Comparative Religious Ethics Group
Sunday - 5:00 pm-6:30 pm
CC-159B; View Map (coming soon)

Charles Hallisey, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Reading Michael Cook on Islamic Ethics



Study of Islam Section and Contemporary Islam Consultation
Monday - 9:00 am-11:30 am
CC-102A; View Map (coming soon)

Robert Rozehnal, Lehigh University, Presiding

Theme: From Cyber to the Grave: Making and Marking Muslim Space

Kristin Sands, Sarah Lawrence College
Cyberspace and Muslim Political Theology

Debra Mubashshir Majeed, Beloit College
“Not Here, Sistah!": African American Women and Gender Marginalization in American Mosques

Rizwan Mawani, Institute of Ismaili Studies
Ismaili Jamatkhanas: Negotiating Space, Ritual, and Identity Since Aga Khan III

Tazim Kassam, Syracuse University
Ismaili Jamatkhanas: Negotiating Space, Ritual, and Identity Since Aga Khan III

Naveeda Khan, Johns Hopkins University
Inheriting Islam: The Call to Prayer and the Ordinary Voice of Tradition


Anna Bigelow, North Carolina State University



Study of Islam Section and Women and Religion Section
Monday - 4:00 pm-6:30 pm
CC-201; View Map (coming soon)
Ebrahim Moosa, Duke University, Presiding

Theme: Approaching the Problem of Qur'an 4:34: Divine Legislation for Male Authority and the Beating of Wives?

Laury Silvers, Skidmore College
“In the Book We Have Left Out Nothing" (Q 6:38): The Ethical Problem of the Existence of Verse 4:34 in the Qur'an

Ayesha Chaudhry, New York University
The Problems of Conscience and Hermeneutics with Respect to Verse 4:34: Some Contemporary Muslim Approaches

Kecia Ali, Brandeis University
“I Wanted One Thing and God Wanted Another:” Al-Shafi‘i’s Attempt to Reconcile Qur’an and Sunnah on Subject of Striking Wives

Karen A. Bauer, Princeton University
“Traditional” Exegesis of 4:34: Men’s Authority and Women’s Rational Deficiency

Business Meeting:

Jung Ha Kim, Georgia State University, Presiding



Islamic Mysticism Group
Monday - 4:00 pm-6:30 pm
CC-103B; View Map (coming soon)


Vincent J. Cornell, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Presiding

Theme: Permutations of Islamic Mysticism

Heba Khan, Rice University
Defining an Islamic Notion of Justice: Shehu Uthman Dan Fodio's Kitab Al-Usul Al-Adl

Orkhan Mir-Kasimov, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
The Hurűfî Concept of Knowledge According to the Early Hurűfî Texts

Margaret Jean Rausch, University of Kansas
Inside a Women's Sufi Ritual: Modern Responses to the Transmission of Baraka in Tajikistan

SherAli Tareen, Duke University
Sufism, Reform, and Heterologies: The Case of Deoband

Business Meeting:

Carl W. Ernst, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Presiding



Religion and Popular Culture Group
Monday - 4:00 pm-6:30 pm
CC-204A; View Map (coming soon)

Rosemary Hicks, Columbia University
Palace and Mosque 2005: Evaluating Islamic Culture at the National Gallery of Art



Religion and Sexuality Consultation
Monday - 4:00 pm-6:30 pm
CC-144C; View Map (coming soon)

Sarah Krier, University of Pittsburgh
The Jamu Industry, Islam, and Women in Indonesia



Religions, Social Conflict, and Peace Group
Monday - 4:00 pm-6:30 pm
CC-204B; View Map (coming soon)

Edith Szanto, University of Toronto
Muslim/Christian Dialogue in Syria



Ethics Section and Feminist Theory and Religious Reflection Group
Tuesday - 9:00 am-11:30 am
CC-145B; View Map (coming soon)

Theme: Sexual Ethics/Sexual Justice: Feminist/Womanist Perspectives in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam


Kecia Ali, Brandeis University

Margaret Farley, Yale University

Judith Plaskow, Manhattan College

Traci C. West, Drew University



Study of Islam Section
Tuesday - 9:00 am-11:30 am
View Map

Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, University of Florida, Presiding

Theme: Islam in Society

Sa'diyya Shaikh, University of Cape Town
Engaged Sufism: Engaging Embodiment, Negotiating Gender

Zain Abdullah, Temple University
Parading Islamic Diversity: The Negotiation of West African Muslim Identities in New York City

Juliane Hammer, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Writing Out Loud: American Muslim Women Writers between Faith, Community, and Public Opinion

Anna M. Gade, Oberlin College
"Developing" Cham Muslim Communities in Cambodia

Danielle Widmann Abraham, Harvard University
Transforming Poverty, Transforming Gender: Zakat and the Cultural Politics of Dowry in India

Rachel Scott, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Sharing in an Islamic Civilization: Sharia as a Source of "Islamic Nationality" for Eastern Christians


Markus Dressler, Hofstra University



Women and Religion Section
Tuesday - 9:00 am-11:30 am
CC-143C; View Map (coming soon)

Simonetta Calderini, Roehampton University
Discourses on Women’s Hair in Islam: A Case Study from Fatimid Egypt