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Julia Stephens: Rutgers Institute for High School Teachers

Friday, September 28, 2018, 09:00am - 02:30pm

Rutgers Institute for High School Teachers

Political Islam: Understanding Present Debates Through Studying Past Encounters

September 28, 2018, 9am-2:30pm

Julia Stephens, Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University

This seminar seeks to connect current discussions about Political Islam to longer histories of encounter between Muslims and “the West.” It will focus on three case studies, including modes of interpreting the sharia, practices of veiling, and depictions of Islam in the media. Materials will cover diverse geographies and chronologies, from the Middle East to the United States and from the time of the Prophet to the present. The seminar leader, in conversation with the participants, will also discuss integrating these topics into classroom learning in ways that are sensitive to diverse student experiences and perspectives.

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