2019 public lectures
Listings and videos of our seminar series in 2019.
Dr Anabel Inge
The Making of a Salafi Muslim Woman: Paths to Conversion
6 February 2019
Anabel Inge completed her PhD at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College London, where she won the Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award and Walton Scholarship. She has taught courses on Islam and the Anthropology of Religion at SOAS (University of London) and King’s College London. Her book, The Making of a Salafi Muslim Woman, is published by Oxford University Press.
What is ‘authority’ in Islam?
20 February 2019
Haroon Sidat is completing his doctorate on the formation and training of British Muslim religious leadership, or Ulama, at the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, Cardiff University, in 2019. He is an Imam and teaches a number of classic Islamic sciences. He has a background in economics, finance and education. He is a consultant and sits on the advisory board of a number of charities.
Dr Fauzia Ahmad
The British Muslim Marriage Crisis
6 March 2019
Fauzia Ahmad is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London with research interests and publications focusing on gendered ethnic and faith identities. She specialises in Muslim families in Britain, second- and third-generation British Muslim women’s identities, experiences of higher education, employment, social welfare, Muslim feminisms and Islamophobia.
Dr Stephen Pihlaja
How technology influences what we believe
20 March 2019
Stephen Pihlaja is Reader in Stylistics at Newman University Birmingham. Originally from Chicago, he has lived and taught in the UK, Japan, and Malaysia for the last fifteen years. His research tries to explain how people present themselves and their beliefs to diverse audiences. His book Religious Talk Online: the evangelical discourse of Muslims, Christians, and atheists (Cambridge University Press) looks at the role of social media in inter-religious dialogue.
Islam – Another British Religion?
3 April 2019
James Fergusson is an award-winning author and foreign correspondent, specializing in Islamic affairs. His book on Nato’s campaign in southern Afghanistan, A Million Bullets (2008), was the British Army’s Military Book of the Year. The World’s Most Dangerous Place (2013), about Somalia, was short-listed for the Orwell Prize. This seminar was given in partnership with the National Union of Journalists.
Professor Katherine Pratt Ewing
Playing with Gender in South Asian Sufism
11 April 2019
Katherine Pratt Ewing is Professor of Religion at Columbia University. She has carried out ethnographic fieldwork in Pakistan, Turkey, and India, and among Muslims in Europe and the United States. Her research has focused on debates among Muslims about the proper practice of Islam in the modern world, the place of Muslims within the German national imaginary, and sexualities, gender, and the body in South Asia.
This seminar was given in partnership with the School of Social Sciences