Center for Islamic Studies to Present Scholarly Talk

Posted: February 11, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: February 11, 2010 at 10:51 am

The Ali Vural Ak Center for Islamic Studies is hosting Asma Afsaruddin, professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington, for a talk on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 5 p.m. in Mason Hall, Room D3 A and B.

The title of Afsaruddin’s talk is “Mapping Jihad and Martyrdom: Contested Semantics and Narratives of Dissent.”

Afsaruddin has written on both classical and contemporary Islamic political and religious thought, Muslim attitudes toward people of other religious beliefs and gender roles in Islam. Her latest book is “The First Muslims: History and Memory,” which was published in 2008 by Oneworld Publications.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Edward Gaier, Middle East Studies program assistant, at

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