Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures
The Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures has been established at Simon Fraser University to encourage the academic discussion and public understanding of the cultures and societies of Muslim peoples in the past and present. The Centre works through a variety of programs to broaden the discussion of this important subject and to introduce more complexity and comparison in the analysis.
Muslim societies and cultures have increasingly become the focus of public and academic attention, although much of the discussion has centred narrowly on contemporary issues of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism. The variability and flexibility of Muslim practices and perspectives have not featured in this discourse, leaving the public largely unaware of complexities, achievements and challenges. The Centre has worked to redress this imbalance by broadening the discussion to introduce more comparison and complexity in the study of Muslim societies and cultures from Africa, through the Arab and Persianate world, and into Asia and the West. By focusing attention on Muslim (not Islamic) societies and cultures, the Centre has encouraged a shift in analysis from the notion of a single unitary religious ideascape defined by Islam to a more complex view of Muslims as agents in the construction of their own history.
The Centre works through a variety of programs to broaden the discussion of this important subject and to introduce more complexity and comparison in the analysis. In pursuit of this objective, the Centre has brought numerous academic specialists to campus for lectures and consultations; convened interdisciplinary conferences and workshops; established a highly-regarded summer school alternating between Vancouver and London (UK); organized film festivals, art exhibits, and concerts; created residencies, scholarships and visiting professorships; and solicited contributions of Arabic, Persian, and Turkish language material for the SFU research library.
News and Events
- ALS 2016-2017: "Remembering Devotion: Oral History and the Pilgrimage to Mecca from Southeast Asia" by Dr. Eric Taglicozzo, September 22, 2016
- Zamboanga, Mindanao: Islam and Christianity at the End of the World, a seminar for faculty members, research scholars, and students by Dr. Eric Tagliacozzo, September 23, 2016
- A public lecture by Dr. Karim H. Karim, "Re-imagining Self and Other: Knowledge, Power and the Clash of Ignorance, July 13, 2016
- Charter SFU History Faculty Member John Spagnolo has Sadly Passed Away at the age of 81.
- Undergraduate courses offered by our members (Summer 2016)
- A Seminar by Dr. Nadje Al-Ali, Gendering the Kurdish-Turkish Conflict and Attempts at Peace, March 22, 2016.
- ALS 2016: "Protest, Body Politics and Authoritarianism: A Gendered Perspective on Political Developments in the Middle East" by Dr. Nadje Al-Ali, March 21, 2016.
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