Muslim Feminisms: In and Against the Islam/Secular Dichotomy

Public Talk by Amina Jamal Associate Professor of Sociology at Ryerson University

When: Thursday October 21, 2021 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Edmonton time)
Where: Online Zoom Webinar

The U.S. War on Terror: Lessons Learned Twenty Years After 9/11

Public Talk by Fawaz A. Gerges
Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics

When: Wednesday September 8, 2021 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Edmonton time)
Where: Online Zoom Webinar.


Islam and the Experience of Toleration: The Past and the Future

Public Talk by Arash Naraghi, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion; Chair, Department of Philosophy, Moravian College, USA

When: Saturday, March 27, 2021, 10 AM-12 noon (Edmonton time)
Where: Online Zoom Webinar.






Book launch on International Women’s Day | A White Lie: Women’s Voices from Gaza Series

Speaker: Dr. Ghada Ageel, Department of Political Science, University of Alberta

When: Monday, March 8, 2021, 12 noon-1:00 pm (Edmonton Time)
Where: Online Zoom Webinar.



U.S. Middle East Policy in the Post-Trump Era Public

Online Talk by Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Professor and Director of School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech, USA

When: Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 6:00-7:30 PM (Edmonton time)
Where: Online Zoom Webinar.

In Memory of Mohammad Reza Shajarian

Talk by:
Professor Rob Simms, University of York
Majid Derakhshani

Performance by:
Barbad Ensemble: Mehdi Rezania (Santur) and Abtin Ghaffari (Tombak)


Islamic Liberation Theology as Critique: Critical Islamic Political Thought in the Age of Systemic Racism and Exclusion Public
A Talk by Farid Esack, Professor in the Study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa

When: Saturday November 28, 2020, 1:00-2:30 PM (MST)
Where: Zoom Webinar

Can Islam Provide The Antidote To Racism in North America?
A Public Talk by Dr. Muqtedar KhanProfessor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware, USA

When: Wednesday October 7, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (MDT)
Where: Zoom Webinar


Iran’s Post-Islamist Democracy? Challenges and Opportunities : A Public Talk by Mojtaba Mahdavi

When: Thursday, 12 March 2020, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: Room 1-5, Business Building, University of Alberta

Understanding Islam in an Age of Polarization and Misinformation: A Public Talk by Ali S. Asani

When: Thursday, 5 March 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Room 1-5, Business Building, University of Alberta
















David Barsamian: “End the Palestinization of Kashmir”

When: Friday November 22 — 6:00 PM
Where: 150 Telus Centre – 87 Ave & 111 St. University of Alberta

Muslims Actions and Contributions to Humanity; Then and Now
Keynote address by Professor Mojtaba Mahdavi at “Islamic History Month of Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities” 

Were: Edmonton City Hall
When: October 22, 2019, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Tweets and ‘Deals of the Century’: Trump & Chaos in the Middle East: A public talk by Robert Fisk 

When: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 — 7:00 PM
Where: Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, University of Alberta

Imagining “Indigenous” and “Glocal” Democratic Socialism: Can Freedom, Social Justice, and Civil Spirituality Coexist in Muslim Societies?

When: Saturday and Sunday 27-28 April 2019, 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM
Where: Room 134, Telus Centre, University of Alberta


Three Minute Thesis Competition

Warm Congratulations to the Recipients of the ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies Three Minute Thesis Prizes:

* Banafsheh Mohammadi, PhD student, Art & Design, (First place Prize: $500)
* Sajad Soleymani Yazdi, PhD student, Modern Languague and Cultural Studies (Second place Prize: $300)

Reading Edward Said and Saba Mahmood in Today’s Context

Yasmeen Abu-Laban (Political Science), Ann McDougall (History & Classics), Cressida Heyes (Political Science), Joseph Hill (Anthropology), Michael Frishkopf (Music), Siobhan Byrne (Political Science), Mojtaba Mahdavi (Political Science)

Boustan: In a Fragrant Garden Contemporary Music of Middle Eastern and Muslim Societies

Habib Hoseini (Vocal), Ahmad al-Badr (Ud), Mehdi Rezania (Santur), Abtin Ghaffari (Tombak, Darabukah), Jenny Boutros (Vocal), Michael Frishkopf (Nay), Etelka Nyilasi (Violin), Roy Abdalnour (Violin), Ahmed Al-Auqaily (Riqq).

Siavash Saffari | Assistant Professor of West Asian Studies, Seoul National University, South Korea

Mojtaba Mahdavi | ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Alberta

A Panel Discussion on the Many Faces of Islamic Reform: Islamic Reform and Emancipatory Politics in the Age of Extremism and Neoliberalism

Peyman Vahabzadeh | Professor of Sociology at the University of Victoria

Public Talk: The “Muslim Extremist” ’s Invisible Relative: How to Trace the Silent Violence that Informs Our Lives?

Amyn B. Sajoo | Lecturer in history and global politics at Simon Fraser University

Public Talk: Who Are We? Populism, Citizenship, Religion

Asma Afsaruddin | Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington

Public Talk: Islam, Gender and Feminist Hermeneutics

Mojtaba Mahdavi | ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Alberta

Public Talk: Muslims and the Middle East in a Post-Trump Era

Tariq Ramadan | Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies, Oxford University

Public Talk: Creating Thriving Societies in Troubling Times

Khaled Abou El Fadl | The Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA

Public Talk: The Promises and Perils of Shari’ah in the Modern Age

Hamid Dabashi | The Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in the City of New York, USA

Public Talk: Can Non-Europeans Think?

John Esposito | University Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, USA

Public Talk: The Future of Muslims in the West: Protecting Pluralism and Ending Islamophobia

Fawaz Gerges | Professor of International Relations at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK

Public Talk: In Defence of the Arab Spring Uprisings: How Al Qaeda and ISIS Proponents and Detractors Misappropriate the Narrative?

Abdulkarim Soroush | Leading Muslim reformist public intellectual, a Rumi scholar, and a former professor of philosophy at the University of Tehran, Iran.

Public Talk: Language of Rights and Language of Obligations: An Islamic Perspective


International Conference

The Unfinished Project of the Arab Spring:Why “Middle East Exceptionalism” is Still Wrong

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada – September 25-27, 2015

‣ Opening Remarks

‣ Keynote Address: Recolonizing the Arab World – Tariq Ali

‣ Special Panel: Middle East Today: What is Missing in the Media?

‣ Panel 1 – Beyond ‘Middle East Exceptionalism’: “What the Middle East Offers to World History”

‣ Panel 2 – Critique From Within: Intellectual Discourses and the MENA Uprisings

‣ Panel 3 – “The Quiet Encroachment” of the Counter-revolutionaries: How the Autocrats Survived the MENA Uprisings

‣ Keynote Address: The Struggle against Fundamentalism after the Revolutions of 2011: Your Fatwa Still Does Not Apply Here – Karima Bennoune

‣ Panel 4 – Geopolitics of the Arab Uprisings: Oil, Foreign Intervention and Military Coup

‣ Panel 5 – What Happened to “Songs of the New Arab Revolutions”?

‣ Panel 6 – Gendering the MENA Uprisings: Women and Politics of the Body

‣ Keynote Address: Reformist Islam, Gender and the Questions of Authority – Amina Wadud

‣ Panel 7 – Finished or Unfinished Social Movements? Is the Return of the Repressed Possible?

‣ Panel 8 – Online Activism in the MENA Uprisings: Media and Politics of Representation

‣ Panel 9 – Five Years After the Uprisings: “A Tale of High Hopes and Dashed Expectations”?

‣ Panel 10 – “Why They Joined” Extremist Groups: ISIS, Boko Haram and al-Shabaab

‣ Panel 11 – Arts and Literature: Diaries and Performance of the MENA Uprisings

‣ Panel 12 – Gendering the Uprisings: Women’s Movements

‣ Closing Remarks