Some thoughts between the headlines.
Interim: Some thoughts between the headlines, November 13, 2015
I have just returned from the German Studies Association of Ireland meeting at NUIG (Galway), which ran 13-14 November. There we had a fascinating lead panel dedicated to Islam in German culture: I opened the proceedings talking about how different discourses in German . . .
Islam, the West and the cherry picking of history?
Recently at Warwick University we held a fantastic three-day academic conference dedicated to the broad topic of Iran and the West. It brought together scholars from the UK, Iran, Israel, the US, and the contributions criss-crossed through the academic disciplines of history, history of art, literary studies, sociology, gender . . .
On talking about difference - and talking differently.
Islam, (me) and the Lessons of German History.
The last week of January was Discover Islam Week at Warwick University. As part of a campus-wide series of events the Islamic Society invited me talk to them about my own journey of discovery into Islam. And as the series of talks was called 'Islam and Me' this meant talking not only about Islam from a German perspective, but also, as . . .
First steps ....
The beginnings of my public work on Islam ... and Germany.
I have been researching aspects of Islam for nearly seven years now. I have read the Qur’an in various translations and read widely within the Hadith. I have read about the history of Islam as a faith and in its wider cultural senses, studied aspects of Islamic law, the history of Islamic art, and read histories of the great Islamic . . .
Cover image credit: http://Photo by James Hodkinson.