I have been asked to share my impressions about the state of Islamic studies in the North American academy. Given that the pioneers of this field include many of my mentors, and many of my own peers have struggled for years to help advance the field to its current state, my observations will not be dispassionate. And since I have been fortunate to have a front-row seat along the development of the field over the last twenty years, I hope I’ll be able to do justice to the current state of the field.
I became a graduate student in the field of Islamic studies in the early 1990s. In those days, almost all of us were “converts”: no one went to undergraduate studies planning to become a professor of Islamic studies. For many, particularly Muslims of transnational background, the usual academic caste options were the familiar: doctor, lawyer, engineer, maybe the always dubious “business.” Almost all of us who entered the field did so by following the siren call of one mentor or another: Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Hamid Algar, Roy Mottahedeh, Bruce Lawrence, Vincent Cornell, Carl Ernst, Michael Sells, Annemarie Schimmel, and a few others. Continue reading →
by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE for ISLAMiCommentary and TIRN on JANUARY 15, 2014:
What is the relationship between Arab fathers and sons? How is it shaped by faith and culture? And, how is their relationship evolving in the contemporary Arab Middle East? Dalya Cohen-Mor answers these questions in her fascinating new book, Fathers and Sonsin the Arab Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
Dalya Cohen-Mor is a literary scholar of Middle Eastern background educated in the Netherlands and the United States. She earned her Ph.D. in Arabic Language and Literature from Georgetown University and is currently affiliated with George Washington University. Cohen-Mor is the author of A Matter of Fate: The Concept of Fate inthe Arab World As Reflected in Modern Arabic Literature (2001), and Mothers and Daughters in ArabWomen’s Literature: The Family Frontier (2011).
In her new book, Cohen-Mor aims to “unlock the mysteries” of the relationship between Arab fathers and sons. “The father-son relationship,” she states, “offers a rare glimpse into the ‘privileged’ world of men, highlighting the complexity of male bonding, the issue of solidarity and brotherhood, and the challenge of social change in a volatile region of vital significance in world affairs.”
Beginning with Volume 11 (2015), the Editors of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies will be miriam cooke (Duke), Banu Gökarıksel (University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill), and Frances Hasso (Duke). Also beginning with Volume 11, JMEWS will be published by Duke University Press Journals. JMEWS is the interdisciplinary scholarly journal of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies and publishes three issues per annual volume. Continue reading →
Via SOCIOLOGY OF ISLAM LISTSERVE on December 10, 2013:
In light of the upcoming 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination, Prof. Dustin Byrd (Olivet College, USA) and Seyed Javad Miri (Institute of Humanities & Cultural Sciences, Tehran, Iran), would like to invite you to contribute to a timely volume dedicated to the exploration of Malcolm X’s thoughts on religion and all its facets. Continue reading →
compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, TIRN on NOVEMBER 27, 2013:
Call for Applications, MA in “Iranian Studies”
The Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, is pleased to offer a two-year academic program in Iranian studies to non-Iranian students. This is a full-time program based on both intensive course-work and research. Those who can successfully meet all the requirements will receive an internationally-recognized degree of “Master of Arts in Iranian Studies” from University of Tehran. The program starts every year in late September, and continues for four successive semesters. Admission is given on the basis of high academic qualifications, with the minimum condition of holding a BA or BSc from a recognized university. Cost is $4600 ($1150 per semester). Continue reading →