State of Islam Explored at Global Affairs Brown Bag Lunch

Posted: January 22, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

Sumaiya Hamdani, professor in the History Department, presents the fifth Topics in Global Affairs brown bag lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 27, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Assembly Room H. Hamdani, also director of the Islamic Studies Program, will speak on “Knowledge, Power, and the State in Islam.” RSVP today to Marcy Glover at

In her forthcoming book, Between Revolution and State: Qadi al Nu`man and the Construction of Fatimid Legitimacy, Hamdani looks at revolutionary politics in medieval Islamic history. Her research interests include Islamic religious thought and Islamic law, Shi`ism, identity and Islam in the modern Middle East, and women in Islamic society. Hamdani received her B.A. from Georgetown University and her Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Next month’s presentation will feature Peter Black, Sociology and Anthropology, speaking on “Tobi Islanders in a Global Context: From Isolation to Integration via the Internet.” The event takes place on Feb. 10.

The Global Affairs Program sponsors the monthly brown bag lectures as an opportunity for faculty to present their research on any global, international, or regional topic. The university community is invited to attend. For more information about the Global Affairs Program, visit its web site.

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