Moroccan-American author to speak on ‘Islam and Globalization’ Sept. 26

Dr. Anouar Majid, Moroccan-American author of Unveiling Traditions: Postcolonial Islam in a Polycentric World (Duke University Press, 2000), will give a free, public lecture, “Islam and Globalization,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium at the University of St. Thomas.

Majid, professor and chairman of the English Department at the University of New England in Maine, is a native of Tangier, Morocco, and studied American literature before engaging questions about postcolonialism and Islam. He is the author of Si Yussef (Quartet, 1992), a novel about life in Tangier and a pioneering novel in English from a French- and Arabic-speaking culture. He also has published articles on postcolonial theory, feminism and Islam.

Majid’s Unveiling Traditions contests both Islamic and Western assumptions in the postcolonial period. Following the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, the book was recommended by several universities and listed by the American Association of University Professors as a “Book for Understanding.” Majid has lectured at several American universities and currently is at work on a book that re-reads the meaning of Islam’s place in the West since 1492.

Dr. Paul Christ, an agricultural economist who teaches in St. Thomas’ Master of International Management program, will serve as a respondent to Majid’s lecture.

The lecture opens the ninth year of St. Thomas’ Diverse Voices in the Classroom series, which presents opportunities for the university community to address diversity issues relating to courses, teaching, student life and perspectives, or to social issues that affect classroom learning.

The Diverse Voices series also includes:

  • 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, "Muslim Perspectives on U.S. Policies Post 9-11," an International Forum co-sponsored by International Student Services and the Center for International Education. The session also will include a documentary by Dr. Pamela Nice, "Letter from Cairo," and a panel discussion. In the documentary Nice asked Egyptian artists, journalists and development workers about their views of America and Americans, as well as their perspectives on their own culture and Islam. The video will be followed by a panel of Muslim UST students discussing issues for some Muslim communities abroad as well as in the United States.
  • 12:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in the Luann Dummer Center for Women, Room 103, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center: "The Specter of Feminized Islam," a discussion of Majid’s writings on women and Islam. The discussion is part of the women’s center’s Feminist Fridays series.

For further information about Majid’s lecture or the Diverse Voices in the Classroom series, contact Dr. Pamela Nice in the university’s Faculty Development Center, (651) 962-6020.


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