I'm delighted to announce a panel on 10/29 from 4:30-5:45 EST on Islam, Race, & COVID-19 featuring @TinyMuslimah, @ShabanaMir1, & @KameelahRashad, hosted by the Health Humanities Project at BU. Register: eventbrite.com/e/islam-race-a…
We're building on the terrific series of webinars hosted by GMU's Islamic Studies Center @AVACGIS, bringing together three speakers in conversation about Muslim experiences of & responses to both COVID-19 & broader patterns of marginalization & violence. sites.bu.edu/healthhumaniti…
Dr. Donna Auston (@TinyMuslimah) will discuss how Black Muslims in the US have been simultaneously impacted by COVID-19 & the “pandemic of white supremacy" & how Black Muslim activists have organized & mobilized resources on behalf of their communities in response to both crises.
Dr. @KameelahRashad will show how Black Muslims have coped with COVID-19's impacts by “holding on to the light of faith,” shifting some religious practices & finding spiritual/cultural resilience to resist oppression & make meaning of suffering, violence, & white supremacy.
Dr. @ShabanaMir1 will discuss “Muslim religious responses to COVID-19,” exploring how Muslims from diverse traditions adapt & organize in this challenging time, paying particular attention to women’s struggles & strategies to gain access to Muslim religious & spiritual spaces.
You can watch @TinyMuslimah's @AVACGIS presentation in its entirety here: islamicstudiescenter.gmu.edu/events/11087
You can watch @KameelahRashad's @AVACGIS presentation in its entirety here: islamicstudiescenter.gmu.edu/events/11147
You can watch @ShabanaMir1's @AVACGIS presentation in its entirety here: islamicstudiescenter.gmu.edu/events/11135
If you've REALLY got time, you can check out the whole @AVACGIS series of COVID-19 webinars: islamicstudiescenter.gmu.edu/events/11063
Islam, Race, & COVID-19: A Conversation is hosted by my @BUreligion colleague @anthonympetro's new Health Humanities project & co-sponsored by @buwgs, @BU_AFAM, & @corecurriculum. Hope to see you there on 10/29! eventbrite.com/e/islam-race-a…

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29 Jun
Today, Islamic Studies Twitter's talking about myths, history, & the gendered ways both get deployed, both #onhere & off. I have some thoughts, especially on the point of what kinds of accomplishments get celebrated. Get in losers; we're talking about Sayyida Nafisa.
Nafisa, as the designation “Sayyida” proclaims, is a descendant of the Prophet; she's also the daughter-in-law of Ja'far al-Sadiq. Her standard bio outlines emerged more than a century after her death in 824 & was embellished greatly as veneration of her grew in the 12th century.
I got interested in Sayyida Nafisa when I was researching my biography of Imam Shafi'i; I found accounts of his interactions with her in various sorts of pious, apologetic, & (semi-)scholarly discussions of her life. (She, though, never shows up in texts on him. Go figure.)
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24 Jul 19
So, a few take-aways:

Constraints, such as need to shorten one's manuscript, are often opportunities, e.g., to sharpen one's argument.

Being part of a community that discusses the various kinds of work we do as scholars is helpful. Both getting advice & giving it matter. 14/
Also, just because you know something is ineffective doesn't mean you don't still do that thing, repeatedly. I still struggle w/ using source quotations, whether primary texts or secondary scholarship, as placeholders for analysis that I haven't managed to put into words. 15/
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24 Jul 19
Just gave someone dissertation-to-book advice & in doing so put into words something I've kinda sorta known but hadn't ever articulated. 1/ #acwri
First thing to note is that academic publishers usually want far fewer words than dissertation committees. A longer book is a more expensive book & also they believe (sometimes correctly) that a less technical book (e.g., fewer notes) will get more readers. 2/
Writers of scholarly first books, on the other hand, have just spent AEONS learning that the key requirement for scholarship is exhaustive documentation of everything. 3/
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8 Mar 19
In honor of #InternationalWomensDay (& because I'm having trouble focusing on my own writing), I'm updating my syllabus for this fall's Women, Gender, & Islam seminar.
I've been teaching this seminar every couple of years since I started at BU in 2006. Lots of other things have changed in that time but I've clung stubbornly to the book-a-week format for this course. (GIF: Raccoon clings stubbornly to leg; refuses to let go)
It's a mixed upper-level-undergrad/graduate student course. That has pros & cons, but at its best it makes for lively discussions.
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