Association of Muslim Social Scientists (Canada)

Heads up! AMSS Canada is having its 3rd regional conference at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo. And guess who’s attending inshaallah.

The Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) 3rd Canadian Regional Conference
COSMOPOLITAN ISLAMIC IDENTITY AND THOUGHT

Cosponsored by:
Wilfrid Laurier University’s Muslim Studies Program Committee
DATE: Saturday November 24, 2007
PLACE: Wilfrid Laurier University , Waterloo , ON
Conference Co-Chairs: Shahnaz Khan (Women’s/Global Studies) and Jasmin Zine (Sociology)

Saturday November 24, 2007
Paul Martin Centre & Senate and Board Chambers

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

8:00- 8:45 AM- REGISTRATION/ BOOK STORE DISPLAY

9:00-9:30- WELCOME

Shahnaz Khan & Jasmin Zine, Co-Chairs, Bob Sharpe, Associate Dean of Arts

9:30- 10:30 – OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Dr. Reina Lewis (School of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies, University of East London)

TOPIC: “Consumption and Cosmopolitanism: The Veil, The Body, The Law”

10:30- 10:45- BREAK- COFFEE & REFRESHMENTS

10:45-12:15- CONCURRENT PANELS

PANEL A (Senate and Board Chambers)

Exegetes & Mystics

Chair: Carol Duncan (Chair, Religion and Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University)

“Finding the Golden Mean: Qur’anic Discourse on Moderation and Pluralism”
Asma Afsaruddin, (Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Notre Dame)

“Bases for Cosmopolitan Identification in the Qur’an and Sunnah”,  Husein Khimjee, (Wilfrid Laurier University)

“The Other in the Light of the One’: An Islamic/Sufic Perspective on the Sacred Depth/Value of Diversity and Dialogue”, Remi Warner, (Department Anthropology, York University)

PANEL B (Paul Martin Centre)
Orientalism and Media
Chair: Meena Sharify-Funk (Religion and Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University)
“Colluding Hegemonies:  Constructing the Muslim Other post 9/11” Yasmin Jiwani (Communication Studies, Concordia University)

“Anticipating Orientalism: An examination of indigenous critiques of istishraq in the Pakistani monthly al-Bayyinat”, Junaid Quadri, (Department  of  Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, McGill University)

“Internet and Democracy: Challenges Facing Iran”, Daniel Ahadi, (School of Communication, Simon Fraser University)

“Lucknow Ki Sar-Zameen (Lucknow from Head to Toe): Performative Citations that Produce ‘Muslimness’ in South Asian Cinema”, Usamah Ansari, ( York University)

12:30-2:00- LUNCHEON AND KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Dr. miriam cooke (Duke University) [Senate and Board Chambers]
TOPIC: “Muslimwoman Cosmopolitanism”
Please Note: PRAYER SPACE IS AVAILABLE ADJACENT TO THE SENATE AND BOARD CHAMBERS
2:15-3:45- CONCURRENT PANELS
PANEL C (Senate and Board Chambers)
Feminist Engagements
Chair: Katherine Bullock (University of Toronto)
“Modernity as Islamic Practice: Women’s self-construction in the Jamaat-e-Islami of Pakistan” Amina Jamal (Department of Sociology, Ryerson University)

“Problematising the Veil”, Basharat Tayyab, (University of Guelph)

“Iranian Islamic Women as “the “other”: A Class Analysis of the Role of Women in the Informal Economy and Islamic Micro credit”, Roksana Bahramitash, (Director of Research, University of Montreal)

“Towards an Autonomous Muslim Feminist Praxis.” Itrath Syed (Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies , University of British Columbia)

PANEL D (Paul Martin Centre)
Modalities of Transnational Social & Political Control
Chair: Lamine Diallo, Leadership and Contemporary Studies,(Wilfrid Laurier University-Brantford)

‘Managing Multiple Identities in a Globalizing World: The Case of Azerbaijani Muslims’, Alireza Asgharzadeh, (Department of Sociology, York University)

‘Collective Identity in Islam and the Kurdish case before and after Modernity’, Jalal Dehzani, (Political Science, Carleton University)

‘Global Restructuring in Turkey and Political Islam’, Sabine Dreher, (Department of Political Science, York University)

“Camps and Social Control during the War in Algeria [1954-1962]”, Abdurrahman Beggar, (Department of Language and Literature, Wilfrid Laurier University)

3:45-4:00- BREAK – COFFEE AND REFRESHMENTS
4:15- 5:30- CONCURRENT PANELS
PANEL E (Senate and Board Chambers)
Challenging Colonialism & Nationalism

Chair: Maliha Chisti, (OISE-University of Toronto)

“Muslims and the Secularization of Canada”, Ali Hasan Zaidi, (Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University)

“Unracing the Space of the Nation: The Anti-Terrorism Act and the Rhetoric of National Security”, Shaista Patel , (OISE – University of Toronto)

“Democracy, Human Rights, and the ‘Civilizational’ Project for the Muslim World – The Role of the Critically Engaged Muslim Intellectual”, Junaid Ahmad, (College of William and Mary)

“Cosmopolitanism, Islam and Empire on the Western Indian Ocean: The Case of Sheikh-Sir Mbarak Al-Hinawy (1896-1959), Zulfikar Hirji, (Anthropology, York University)

PANEL F (Paul Martin Centre)
Islam in Dialogue
Chair: Michel Desjardins, (Department of Religion & Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University)

“The Pitfalls of Inter-Religious Transnational Dialogue: The Case of the Mennonites’-Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute”, Mahdi Tourage, (Department of Religion, Colgate University)

“Ethics and Nominalism in the Late Medieval Christian and Islamic Worlds: A Comparison of Ibn Taymiyya and William of Ockham”, Ovamir Anjum,(PhD. Candidate Department of Islamic Studies and Middle Eastern History,  University of Wisconsin-Madison)

“The Show Boy, Hindus’ Imam, An Apostate, or a Nationalist? A Preliminary Outline of Abul Kalam Azad’s Cosmopolitan Theology”, Irfan Ahmed,( International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), Leiden University, The Netherlands)

PANEL G (TBA)
AMSS  AND  READ ROUNDTABLE

Keynote Presenter: Dr. Shabana Mir (Independent Scholar, Atlanta, G.A)

“Muslim Women: A Nostalgic and Critical Look at the Past and Present, the Quran and Us.”

5 thoughts on “Association of Muslim Social Scientists (Canada)”

  1. I want to know about the activities of a muslim women in the present scenario and how she could help her out to be out-spoken for the cause of Islamic values…Please let me know that if i could get any answer of my asked question….As a scholar of Islamic Studies in which direction should i start my campaign to make my impossible works to be possible…i mean on writing scale….Really i want to serve my Muslim Ummah….

  2. And inshaallah you will, Humera. Your desire will guide you.

    pram, if I were you I’d look up Jasmin Zine and Shahnaz Khan at WLU and ask them if the papers were publicly available someplace, or if you could contact the presenter?

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