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Reviving Islam in Cold War America: Writings of the Muslim Students’ Association Women’s Committee,
Start Date: 9/30/2019Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 9/30/2019End Time: 6:00 PM
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Justine Howe, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Case Western Reserve University, will give a lecture entitled "Reviving Islam in Cold War America: Writings of the Muslim Students’ Association Women’s Committee, 1965-1975.” The lecture will take place on Monday, September 30 at 4:00 p.m. in Gearhart Hall (GEAR) Room 258 on the University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus. The event is free and open to the public.

This talk will focus on the writings of the Muslim Students’ Association Women’s Committee from 1968 to 1980. The Muslim Student Association (MSA) is a religious organization dedicated to establishing and maintaining Islamic societies on college campuses in Canada and the United States. Women have played important leadership roles in the Muslim Students’ Association since its founding in 1963, yet their contributions to the organization have received very little attention relative to their impact.

According to Howe, focusing on women’s writings shifts our understanding of how MSA members participated in the global Islamic revival. These publications demonstrate how the mission of da’wa, or renewing and correcting Muslim practice, necessitated building ties with non-Muslims. Aspirational in scope and pedagogical in approach, MSA women’s literature shifts our conceptions of the MSA’s political and religious priorities during this period, from one of detachment to one of selective engagement with American culture.

This lecture is presented by the Religious Studies Program and the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Arkansas.

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Contact Information:
Name: Lora Walsh
Phone: 479-422-0013
Email: ljwalsh@uark.edu
Dr. Justine Howe
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