Action Center's Fall Tuesday U: History of Islam in America

October 16th — November 16th

Tuesday University is back! Learn about the Muslims' part in this nation's multifaceted past in "History of Islam in America." Tuesday evenings, October 26 - November 16. Tuesday U is presented by the Mercy Corps Action Center and co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council and Oregon Humanities.

The study of American Muslims has focused largely on how Muslims are faring in the United States rather than on how they are making American history. Using his recently released book A History of Islam in America (2010, Cambridge University Press) as a foundation, Kambiz GhaneaBassiri leads a seminar on how the history of American Muslims challenges the politicized dichotomy between "Islam and the West" which has come to frame the study of American Muslims and the relation between Islam and modernity.

GhaneaBassiri's four-part class places the Muslims within a narrative of American religious history. He will introduce some of the founding, primary source materials (such as the short Arabic autobiography of 'Umar bin Said'), present brief lectures to contextualize the documents and guide informal, small group discussions to explore how Muslims have participated in American history.

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri was born in Tehran, Iran, and grew up in the United States. Earning a BA from Claremont College, he went on to receive an AM and Ph.D. in religion from Harvard University. Named a Carnegie Scholar in 2006, GhaneaBassiri joined the Reed College faculty in 2002.

What: Tuesday U Fall Seminar: History of Islam in America, led by Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Associate Professor of Religion and Humanities at Reed College.

When: Four Tuesdays, 7 - 9:30 pm, October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 2010

Where: Mercy Corps Action Center, 28 SW 1st Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97204.

Registration: $100, includes a copy of the class text, A History of Islam in America available at the Action Center in October. Register online at Brown Paper Tickets, or at the Action Center during regularly scheduled hours. Registration is also available by phone (503-896-5747), or in person during regular operating hours.

Special student discounts. Visit the Action Center website for more details and registration information.

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