University of Columbia, New York: Muslims and/in the West: Past, Present, Future

University of Columbia, New York: Muslims and/in the West: Past, Present, Future

Thursday, 30 March 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Venue: 
Buell Hall, Maison Francaise, 515 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027 US
Speaker(s): 
Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies (St Antony's College, University of Oxford)
Brinkley Messick, Professor of Anthropology and of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Katherine Pratt Ewing, Professor of Religion and Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life
Hasan Azad, Department of Religion, Columbia University
Convenor: 
Institute for Religion, Culture, & Public Life, Columbia University, New York, USA
Series: 
Contemporary Islamic Studies Programme

With Brexit, the election of Trump in the US, and the rise of the far-right in Europe, Muslims are facing greater scrutiny than ever before.  Throughout Europe and the US they are increasingly considered a fifth column.  Globally, self-identified Muslims are often considered harbingers of regressive values that are antithetical to a secular project of progressive enlightenment.  Western political and media attempts to expunge Islam and Muslims from the collective imaginary are both a reminder of the exclusionary practices that constitute a collective "we" and a confirmation of the ineluctable entanglements between the West and Islam, its age-old “Other.”  Join us for a panel discussion with Tariq Ramadan (Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies, St Antony's College, University of Oxford), Brinkley Messick, Katherine Pratt Ewing, and Hasan Azad as we look at the intimate interconnections among Muslims, Islam, and the West.