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"Islam, Muslims, and American Politics" - 10th Annual Conference

Thursday, April 13, 2017 09:00 am

Location: International Center, Room 303

10th annual Michigan State University Muslim Studies Program conference:  "Islam, Muslims, and Contemporary US Politics,"

April 12-14

The conference is free and open to the public.


Wed. April 12

7pm: Performance by Amir Sulaiman (MSU Main Library, Green Room)


Thu. April 13

12:45pm: Opening remarks (MSU International Center, room 303)


1pm-2:45pm: Panel 1 (MSU International Center, room 303)

Rethinking Muslim Politics

Junaid Rana (University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign)

A Possible History of the Muslim Left

Sylvia Chan-Malik (Rutgers University)

A Third Language: Women of Color Feminism and American Islam

Donna Auston (Rutgers University)

By Wisdom a House Is Built: Securitized Subjectivity, the Limits of Morality, and the Development of American Muslim Political Platforms


3:30pm-5:15pm: Panel 2 (MSU International Center, room 303)

Muslims and Trump

            Sally Howell (University of Michigan-Dearborn)

“Getting Trumped”: Muslim Respectability Politics in Detroit’s Northern Suburbs

            Mohsen Mobasher (University of Houston-Downtown)

American Politics and Iranophobia: Immigration Restrictions and Political Mobilization among Iranian Immigrants in the United State since the Iranian Revolution

            Nazita Lajevardi (Uppsala University; Michigan State University)

Muslim American Fear, Anxiety, and Discrimination: Behavioral and Attitudinal Shifts and their Impact on Political Behavior in the Age of Trump


Fri. April 14

10:00am-11:45am: Panel 3 (MSU International Center, room 303)

Muslims and the American State

Moderator: Andrew Shryock, University of Michigan

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri (Reed College)

Religion and the State in Contemporary Muslim America

Mucahit Bilici (John Jay College)

Muslims and the American Constitution: The Rise of the Muslim Sovereign Citizen?

Edward E. Curtis IV (Indiana University School of Liberal Arts, Indianapolis)

Blood Sacrifice and the Myth of the Fallen Muslim Soldier in U.S. Presidential Elections after 9/11


1:30pm-3:15pm: Panel 4 (MSU International Center, room 303)

Violence, Islamophobia, and U.S. Politics

            Salah Hassan (Michigan State University)

Landscapes of Anti-Muslim Politics in the U.S.: Organizations, Experts, and


            Evelyn Alsultany (University of Michigan)

How Political Liberals Adopt Conservative Tactics in Promoting Islamophobia: Real Time with Bill Maher’s Liberal Principles and Illiberal Muslims

            Juliane Hammer (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)

                        Still Center Stage: American Muslim Women in the Age of Terror

            Alisa Perkins (Western Michigan University)

                        Muslim Sexual Publics and Queer Politics in America