Islam, America, and the History of the World

Fall for the Book’s 20th Anniversary Festival Presents:

Events Sponsored by the

Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies

Hüseyin Yilmaz traces how a new conception of the caliphate emerged under the Ottomans, who redefined the caliph as at once a ruler, a spiritual guide, and a lawmaker corresponding to the prophet’s three natures. Challenging conventional narratives that portray the Ottoman caliphate as a fading relic of medieval Islamic law, Yilmaz offers a novel interpretation of authority, sovereignty, and imperial ideology by examining how Ottoman political discourse led to the mystification of Muslim political ideals and redefined the caliphate. Caliphate Redefined: The Mystical Turn in Ottoman Political Thought is the first comprehensive study of pre-modern Ottoman political thought to offer an extensive analysis of a wealth of previously unstudied texts in Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish.
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 10:30 a.m.
Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room F

The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria by Alia Malek, award-winning journalist and civil rights lawyer, is set in Syria’s capital city of Damascus, in one specific apartment building – the apartment building of Malek’s own family. Malek shares the stories that passed each other in the hallway and how the fate of Malek’s neighbors mirrors the fate of the nation. This memoir is a blend of personal and researched narrative, highlighting Syrian history, politics, and society and “delivering an unforgettable portrait of the Syria that is being erased.” The New York Times Book Review says, “The Home That Was Our Country, is one of the finest examples of this new testimonial writing… Such stories couldn’t be more urgent.” Also sponsored by the Department of History and Art History
Friday, Oct. 12, 12 p.m.
Research Hall, Room 163

In Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam, Sylvia Chan-Malik explores twentieth and twenty-first century U.S. Muslim womanhood through the lens of active resistance. Using archival material, pop culture, interviews and more, Chan-Malik “explores how U.S. Muslim women’s identities are expressions of Islam as both Black protest religion and universal faith tradition.”
Friday, October 12, 3 p.m.
Research Hall Room 163

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Tom Sleigh‘s The Land Between Two Rivers: Writing in an Age of Refugees. Sleigh explores the urgency of our global refugee crisis and our capacity as artists and citizens to confront it.

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