Producers: Salah D. Hassan and Swarnavel Pillai (MSU, Dept. of English)
Postproduction: Peter Johnston
Migrations of Islam is a documentary on the representations of American-Muslim identity in popular culture post 9/11. Through cultural events like the performance of the theatrical Hijabi Monologues, and the musical Poetic Visions Tour, and the staged reading of playwright Wajahat Ali’s Domestic Crusaders in Michigan, ‘Migrations of Islam’ foregrounds the response of the Muslims in America to both the media-driven Islamophobia and the conservative voices of the Muslims within the community. The narrative embeds these performances of popular artists within the larger community of mainly young students, who were at an young and impressionable age when they experienced the trauma of 9/11, as they respond to the contemporary discourses surrounding Muslim identity by being both an audience and performers in their own right]]>
9:45-11:45: Opening and Panel One - Performing Identities (Moderator: Ani Sarkissian),
Fatemeh Keshavarz-Karamustafa, "Poetry as Politics, Worship, and Education: The Case of Sa'di of Shiraz"; Sean Pue, "Poets in a Muslim Land: Sufism, Modernity, and Indo-Muslim Artistic Subjectivity"; Chantal Tetreault, "Transcultural Teens: Performing Youth Identities in French Cities"
Break for lunch
1:00-2:45: Panel Two - Rethinking Practices (Moderator: David Robinson),
Emilio Spadola, "Practice, Performance, Performativity: Clarifiying Some Terms of Debate for Islamic Studies"; Kai Kresse, "Intellectual Practice: Illustrations and Reflections from the Swahili Context"; Mara Leichtman, "The 'Africantization' of Ashura in Senegal"
3:00-4:45: Panel Three - Transforming Practices (Moderator: Russell Lucas),
Ahmet Karamustafa, "Sufi Practices in Historical Context"; Emine Evered, "Educating Muslims in the 19th-Century Middle East"; Kyle Evered, "From Raki to Ayran: Drinking and Identity in Modern Anatolia"]]>
9:45-11:45: Panel Four: Spatial and Temporal Dimensions (Moderator: Karin Zitzewitz),
Chen Bram, "Sufi Circles in Israel under the Shade of Conflict";
Elisha Renne, "Hajj Journeys and the Acquisition of New Textile Practice";
Carla Bellamy, "Islamic Places? Locating Dargahs in the Religious Landscape of Contemporary Northern India";
Meryem Zaman, "Segregated Spaces: Creating Revivalist Settings in Urban Pakistan"]]>
The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic minority living in western Burma. They face religious discrimination at the hands of Burma's military regime, which doesn't recognize the Rohingya as citizens of Burma, leaving the Rohingya stateless, homeless and rights-less.]]>