A Brief Overview
This one-credit mini-course is part of a series organized by regions around the world based on their role on the world stage, their importance within the Muslim world, and the critical influence they play in the global community. The series seeks to illuminate the various perspectives of the Muslim community around the world. Drawing upon the expertise and research of participating faculty from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, and our partners at institutions around the world, the mini-course series seeks to have students, and all attendees, gain an understanding of the religious, cultural, economical and political influences of Muslims in a global context.
For Non-Student Attendees:
All guests are welcome and the mini-course is free for non-students, but registration is required for everyone. Please visit the registration section for more information.
For Students: Course Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, students will:
- Gain an understanding of history, governance, economics, law, gender education and political dimensions of the peoples and regions focused for each mini-course.
- Explore one of these factors, in depth, through a research paper.
Textbook: Materials for students taking the course for credit will be available via Blackboard.
The Muslims in the Global Context series offers the opportunity to examine the factors and trends that are having major impacts on these diverse regions and their relationships with other world regions and countries. The mini-courses consist of presentations on topics of critical importance to the understanding of Muslims in diverse regions of the world. In addition to attendance at all lectures, students enrolled for credit are required to develop and write a research paper on one of the themes of the mini-course and answer reflection prompts during the course. One-credit/3 units for CMU students is provided for the completion of each mini-course.
Assessment: Due to the immersive nature of the course, students are expected to attend all sessions on all three days. Further, each student will be required to read the assigned book and develop a research paper on one dimension of Muslims in a global context that has been introduced in class. The paper should be based on one of the topics covered in the course. The length of the research paper will be 5-10 pages, double spaced in 11 point font. Research papers are due by TBD and should be submitted through the University of Pittsburgh's Courseweb or Carnegie Mellon's Blackboard assignment tab for the course.
Audit Option: Carnegie Mellon students may also audit the course by attending all the sessions, but not writing the paper. You should be sure to process an audit form, both if you are auditing from the beginning or later if you have decided not to do a paper and want your status changed from credit to audit. Once the course has started students will be graded based on how they signed up for the course. University of Pittsburgh students must take the course for a letter grade. Students who wish to attend without earning credit may do so my registering as a community member.
Class times: 6pm Friday March 18, 2016 to 1pm Sunday, March 20, 2016 (Room 120, David Lawrence Hall, University of Pittsburgh)
Schedule (updated 3/10/16)
Friday, March 18 6:00 - 9:00pm
6:00 pm- 6:15 pm Brief Introductions and Welcome
6:15 pm - 6:30 pm Ronald Judy, Overview Muslims in America
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6:30 pm- 7:30 pm Saeed Khan - "Muslim Migration since WWI and Ethnic Tensions"
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7:30 - 7:45 Break
7:45 - 9:00 pm Zaheer Ali - "The Roots of American Islam"
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Saturday, March 19 8:30 am - 6:15pm
8:30 am - 9:45 am Zaheer Ali - "Islam, the Black Nation, and the Ummah"
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9:45 am - 10:00 am Break
10:00am - 11:15 am Altaf Husain - "Psychological Impact of Growing Up Muslim in a Post 9/11 U.S."
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11:30 am - 12:45 pm Saeed Khan - "Moral Panics and Islamophobia in the US: Demonizations and Demographic Shifts"
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12:45 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Dalia Mogahed - " American Muslims by the Numbers"
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3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Break
3:30-pm - 4:45 pm Hatem Bazian (video conference) - "The Islamophobia Industry"
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4:45 pm - 5:00 pm Break
5:00 - 6:15pm Suad Abdul Khabeer - "Muslim Cool: Blackness, Hip Hop and Muslim Identity"
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Sunday, March 20, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:45 am Haider Hamoudi - "Shari'a and Law in the Non-Muslim State"
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9:45am -10:00 Break
10:00 am - 11:15 am Dalia Mogahed- "Islamophobia: A Threat to All"
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11:15 am - 12:00pm Concluding remarks
Zaheer Ali is the Oral Historian at Brooklyn Historical Society, a nationally recognized urban history center founded in 1863, dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of the history of Brooklyn, New York. As Brooklyn Historical Society's Oral Historian, he records, collects, archives, and curates the lived histories, testimonies, memoirs, and narrations of Brooklynites from all walks of life. Previously, he served under the direction of the late Manning Marable, as project manager and senior researcher of the Malcolm X Project (MXP) at Columbia University--a multi-year research initiative on the life and legacy of Malcolm X. As project manager, he was associate editor of an online annotated multimedia version of The Autobiography of Malcolm X (2004), and later contributed as a lead researcher for Marable's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (2011). In February 2015, he was a featured narrator in CNN's one-hour documentary, "Witnessed: The Assassination of Malcolm X," and authored the accompanying essay for the documentary's website. He has taught courses on Islam and Black America, Malcolm X, the African American Experience, and general American history; and he has assistant taught African American studies courses on Black intellectual history, Black political leadership, and jazz and politics.
Hatem Bazian is co-founder, senior faculty, and Academic Affairs Chair at Zaytuna College. He is also a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bazian is also a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California and adviser to the Religion, Politics, and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley. In 2009, he founded the Center for the Study of Documentation of Islamophobia at UC Berkeley. Dr. Bazian is on the board of several organizations, including the Islamic Scholarship Fund and Muslim Americans for Palestine, for which he is also the founding president.
Haider Hamoudi is Associate Professor of Law at University of Pittsburgh. He received his B.Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993, with a double major in Physics and Humanities with a Near Eastern Studies Concentration. He was both a member of the Physics Honor Society, Sigma Pi Sigma, and a Burchard Scholar for Excellence in the Humanities and Social Sciences. In 1996, Haider received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. After graduating, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Constance Baker Motley in the Southern District of New York and then worked as an associate at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton until 2003. Dr. Hamoudi continues to advise the Iraqi Government, primarily through the Iraq Mission at the United Nations. His scholarship focuses on commercial law, Islamic law, and the intersection of the two in the contemporary era. He has written for numerous law reviews, spoken at conferences sponsored by the MacMillan Center at Yale University, the American Association of Law Schools, and the New York City Bar Association.
Altaf Husain serves as an Assistant Professor in the Howard University School of Social Work, in Washington DC. He received his Ph.D in Social Work from Howard University and his Master of Science in Social Administration from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Husain’s research interests include displaced populations (homelessness, victims of disaster, immigrants and refugees), mental health and psychosocial well-being of adolescent immigrants and refugees of color in the U.S.; immigration policy and its impact on the family; cultural competence; and the development of social service agencies in the Muslim community. Dr. Husain has written and researched on the topic of Islam and Muslims, most recently completing a quantitative study of Somali youth in the United States. He has been invited by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties to provide insights on Islam in general and specifically on the Somali Diaspora, in light of the disappearance of a few dozen Somali American youth from the United States in 2008-2009. Dr. Husain served as a two-term national president of the Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada (MSA National). Dr. Husain presently serves as a board member and chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He was a founding board member of the Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA).
Su’ad Abdul Khabeer
Su’ad Abdul Khabeer is a scholar-artist-activist who uses anthropology and performance to explore the intersections of race and popular culture. She received in her PhD in cultural anthropology from Princeton University and is a graduate from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and has an Islamic Studies diploma from the Institute at Abu Nour University (Damascus). Her latest work, Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip Hop in the United States (NYU Press 2016), is an ethnography on Islam and hip hop that examines how intersecting ideas of Muslimness and Blackness challenge and reconstitute US racial orders. Su’ad’s written work on Islam and hip hop is accompanied by her performance ethnography, Sampled: Beats of Muslim Life. Sampled is a one-woman solo performance designed to present and represent her research and findings to diverse audiences in a way that disrupts accepted narratives on race and gender, religion, popular culture and citizenship in the contemporary United States. Her publications include “Muslim Youth Cultures” (The Cambridge Companion to American Islam, 2013), “Rep that Islam: the Rhyme and Reason of American Muslim Hip Hop” (The Muslim World, 2007), and “Black Arabic: African American Muslims and the Arabic language” which appears in the edited volume Black Routes to Islam (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
Saeed A. Khan
Saeed A. Khan is currently in the Department of History and Lecturer in the Department of Near East & Asian Studies at Wayne State University-Detroit, Michigan, where he teaches Islamic and Middle East History, Islamic Civilizations and History of Islamic Political Thought. He is also Adjunct Professor in Islamic Studies at the University of Detroit-Mercy and at Rochester College, co-teaching a course on Muslim-Christian Diversity. With areas of focus including US policy, globalization, Middle East and Islamic Studies, as well as genomics and bioethics, Dr. Khan has been a contributor to several media agencies, such as C-Span, NPR, Voice of America and the National Press Club, as well as newspapers and other outlets, and is also a consultant on Islamic and Middle East affairs for the BBC and the CBC.
Dalia Mogahed is the Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, where she leads the organization's pioneering research and thought leadership programs on American Muslims. Mogahed is former Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, where she led the analysis of surveys of Muslim communities worldwide. With John L. Esposito, she coauthored the book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. President Barack Obama appointed Mogahed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009. She was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations about U.S. engagement with Muslim communities, and she provided significant contributions to the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group recommendations. She is a frequent expert commentator in global media outlets and international forums. She is also the CEO of Mogahed Consulting.
Everyone is REQUIRED to register for the mini-course, including University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University students, as well as teachers, business and community members, and guests who are not taking the course for credit.
For students only: Once you are registered, you will be given access to the Muslims in a Global Context:Europe Blackboard/CourseWeb site that is hosted by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, where you will find information on assignments and resources.
Carnegie Mellon University Registration: Registration is REQUIRED for Carnegie Mellon University students. For any registrations, please contact Catherine Ribarchak at firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Pittsburgh Registration: Registration is REQUIRED for University of Pittsburgh students. Students can register for this course until March 4, 2015. To register please click the following link to fill out the form: http://goo.gl/forms/8Vrl5tMD5K. University of Pittsburgh students may register for the Muslims in a Global Context mini-course at no additional cost provided that they do not exceed the maximum number of credits for full-time enrollment. Full-time enrollment maximum credits vary with status and School. Students will be billed for credits exceeding their full or part-time allowable credits. For any inquiries, please contact Veronica Dristas at email@example.com
Community(Non-Student)Registration: Registration is required for community members and guests who are not taking the course for credit. Registration is for count of attendance only, and is for guests who are NOT taking the course for credit.How do I register? Please click the link and fill out the simple form: http://goo.gl/forms/YGNXu4EX7q
Teacher Registration: This registration form is for K-12 teachers. To register please click the link and fill out the simple form: http://goo.gl/forms/AAAS5BtY5H. We will also be offering 12 ACT 48 credit hours for attending the course.
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Contact the Global Studies Center: Phone: (412) 648-5085
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For Further Reading and Research
Articles by Dr. Ali:
Zaheer Ali, “Return to Roots: African Americans Return to Islam Through Many Paths,” Islamic Horizons (July/August 2005): 16-35.
Turner, R. B. (2003). Islam in the african-american experience (2nd ed.). Bloomington, Ind: Indiana University Press.
Please click on the link below to visit the Islamophobia Studies Journal's homepage, where you can dowload, as a PDF, the most current issue from Fall 2015. http://crg.berkeley.edu/content/islamophobia/islamophobia-studies-journal
Led by Dr. Hatem Bazian, the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project (IRDP) at the University of California, Berkeley highlights research and projects that explore the maintenance and extension of existing power paradigms by bringing together academics, thinkers, practitioners and researchers from around the globe who engage, question and challenge the existing disparities in economic, political, social and cultural relations. www.irdproject.com
Articles by Dr. Bazian:
A recent article on the American Studies Association Journal is also included on my site:
The four volumes of the Islamophobia Studies Journal that can be downloaded free at the following link
Articles by Dr. Hamoudi:
March, A. ((2007). Islamic Foundations for a Social Contract in non-Muslim Liberal Democaracirs. American Political Science Review. Vol.101, No 2. p.235-252
March, A. (2012). What Can the Islamic Past Teach Us about Secular Modernity?. Review of Wael Hallaq, The Impossible State: Isalm, Politics, and Modernity's Moral Predicament (Colombia University Press,2013) and Hussein Ali Agrama, Questioning Secularism: Islam, Soveriegnity, and the Rule of Law in Modern Egypt (University of Chicago Pres, 2012). p.1-10
Articles by Dr. Husain:
Hodge, D. R., Zidan, T., & Husain, A. (2015). Developing a Model of Wellness among Muslims: Examining the Role of Spirituality. British Journal of Social Work, bcv099.
Hodge, D. R., Zidan, T., & Husain, A. (2015). Depression among Muslims in the United States: Examining the Role of Discrimination and Spirituality as Risk and Protective Factors. Social Work, 61(1), 45-52.
Hodge, D. R., Zidan, T., Husain, A., & Hong, P. Y. P. (2015). Correlates of Self-Rated Health Among Muslims in the United States. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 96(4), 284-291.
Hodge, D. R., Zidan, T., & Husain, A. (2015). Modeling the Relationships between Discrimination, Depression, Substance Use, and Spirituality with Muslims in the United States. Social Work Research, 39(4), 223-233.
Husain, A. (2015). Islamophobia: Anti-Islamic Bigotry. In C. Franklin (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Social Work Online. New York: National Association of Social Workers/Oxford University Press.
Husain, A. & Sherr, M. [Guest Co-Editors] (2015). Special Issue: Religion and Spirituality in Competency-Based Social Work Practice. Social Work & Christianity, 42(1).
Husain, A. & Sherr, M. [Guest Co-Editors] (2015). Introduction: Religion and Spirituality in Competency-Based Social Work Practice. Social Work & Christianity, 42(1), pp. 3-6.
Hodge, D. R., Zidan, T., & Husain, A. (2015). Validation of the Intrinsic Spirituality Scale (ISS) With Muslims. Psychological Assessment (no pagination specified).
Ishizuka, K. E. & Husain, A. (2015). Anti-oppressive social work practices. In the Social Work Desk Reference. New York: Oxford University Press.
Husain, A. (2014). Serving Allah, Serving Humanity: Volunteerism Among Immigrant Muslims. In Y. Y. Haddad & J. I. Smith. The [Oxford] Handbook of American Islam. New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199862634.013.029
Abdo, G. (2006a) America’s Muslims aren’t as assimilated as you think. Washington Post Sunday, August 27, B30.
Abdo, G. (2006b). Islam in America: Separate but unequal. The Washington Quarterly, 28(4), 7-17.
Amer, M. M. & Hovey, J. D. (2007). Socio-demographic differences in acculturation and mental health for a sample of 2nd generation/early immigrant Arab Americans. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 9,335-347.
Aswat, Y. & Malcarne, V.L. (2007). Acculturation and depressive symptoms in Muslim University students: Personal-family acculturation match. International Journal of Psychology 1(11), 1- 11.
Berry, J.W., Phinney, J., Sam, D.L. & Vedder, P. (2006). Immigrant youth in cultural transition: Acculturation, identity, and adaptation across national contexts. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Birman, D., & Trickett, E.J. (2001). Cultural transitions in first-generation immigrants: Acculturation of Soviet Jewish refugee adolescents and parents. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 32, 456 - 477.
Heyerdahl., S., Kvernmo, S., & Wichstrom, L.(2004). Self-reported behavioural/emotional problems in Norwegian adolescents from multiethnic areas. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 13: 64-72.
Hodge, D.R. (2002). Working with Muslim youths: understanding the values and beliefs of Islamic discourse. Children and Schools. 24, (1). 6-20.
Hodge, D. R., Zidan, T., & Husain, A. (2015). Depression among Muslims in the United States: Examining the Role of Discrimination and Spirituality as Risk and Protective Factors. Social Work, swv055.
Hodge, David R., Zidan, T & Husain, A. (2015). Validation of the Intrinsic Spirituality Scale (ISS) with Muslims. Psychological assessment 27, no. 4 (2015): 1264.
Husain, A. (2015). Islamophobia: Anti-Islamic Bigotry. In Encyclopedia of Social Work. NASW: Oxford Press. Available at: http://socialwork.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.001.0...
Husain, A. and Ross-Sheriff, F. (2011). Cultural Competence with Muslim Americans. In D. Lum (ed.). Culturally Competent Practice, 4th edition (pp. 358-390). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning.
Kwak, K. (2003). Adolescents and their parents: a review of intergenerational family relations for immigrant and non-immigrant families. Human Development. 46, (2/3). 115-136.
Levitt, P. (2004). Redefining the boundaries of belonging: The institutional character of transnational religious life. Sociology of Religion, 65(1), 1 – 18.
Liebkind, K., Jasinkaja-Lahti, I., & Solheim, E. (2004) Cultural identity, perceived Discrimination and parental support as determinants of immigrants’ school Adjustment: Vietnamese youth in Finland. Journal of Adolescent Research, 19, 635-656.
Murad, S.D., Joung, I.M., Verhulst, F.C., Mackenbach, J.P., Crijnen, A.A. (2004). Determinants of self-reported emotional and behavioral problems in Turkish immigrant adolescents aged 11 – 18. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 42 (1) 196 – 207.
Oppedal, B., Rosamb, E., & Sam, D.L. (2004). The effect of acculturation and social support on change in mental health among young immigrants. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 28, 481-494.
Peek, L. (2005) Becoming Muslim: The development of a religious identity. Sociology of Religion, 66(3), 215–242.
Phinney, J., Berry, J.W., Vedder, P., & Liebkind, K. (2006). The acculturation experience: Attitudes, identities, and behaviors of immigrant youth. In J.W. Berry, J.S. Phinney, D.L. Sam, & P. Vedder (Eds.) Immigrant youth in cultural transition: cculturation, identity, and adaptation across national contexts. PP 71-116. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Pine, B. & Drachman, D. (2005). Effective child welfare practice with immigrant and refugee children and their families. Child Welfare, 84(5), 537-562.
Sam, D.L., Vedder, P. Ward, C. &, Horenczyk, G. (2006). Psychological and sociocultural adaptation of immigrant youth. In J.W. Berry, J.S. Phinney, D.L. Sam, & P. Vedder (Eds.) Immigrant youth in cultural transition: Acculturation, identity, and adaptation across national contexts. PP 117-141. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc
Tartar, M. (1998). "Counseling Immigrants: School Contexts and Emerging Strategies." British Journal of Guidance Counseling 26: 337– 352.
Ulman, C., & Tartar, M. (2001). Psychological adjustment among Israeli adolescent Immigrants: A report on life satisfaction, self-concept, and self-esteem. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 30, 4449-463.
van de Vijver, F. Helms-Lorenz, M. & Feltzer, M. (1999). Acculturation and cognitive performance of migrant children in the Netherlands. International Journal of Psychology, 34, 149 – 162.
Vedder, P. & van de Vijver, F.J.R. (2006). Methodological aspects: studying adolescents in 13 countries. In J.W. Berry, J.S.
Phinney, D.L. Sam, & P. Vedder (Eds.) Immigrant youth in cultural transition: Acculturation, identity, and adaptation across national contexts. PP 47-69. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Verkuyten, M. & Yildiz, A.A. (2007). National (dis)identification, and ethnic and religious identity: A study among Turkish-Dutch Muslims. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 33 (1448) 1 – 15.
Virta E., Sam, D., & Westin, C. (2004). Adolescents with Turkish background in Norway and Sweden: A comparative study of their psychological adaptation. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. 45, 15 – 25.
Ying, Y. & Han, M. (2006). The effect of intergenerational conflict and school-based racial discrimination on depression and academic achievement in Filipino American adolescents. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, 4(4), 19-35.
Su’ad Abdul Khabeer
Articles by Dr. Khabeer:
Khabeer, Suad (2007) Rep that Islam: The Rhyme and Reason of American islamic Hip Hop, The Muslim World, Volume 97, 125-141.
H. Samy Alim (2006) Re-inventing Islam with Unique Modern Tone: Muslim Hip Hop Artists as Verbal Mujahidin, Souls, 8:4, 45-58, DOI: 10.1080/10999940601057341
Saeed A. Khan
Articles by Dr. Khan:
Khan, S. and Beutel, A. (2014) Manufacturing Bigotry: A State-by-State Legislative Effort to Pushback Against 2050 by Targeting Muslims and Other Minorities, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, 1-8
Beutel, A. and Jankovic, J. (2015) Strength Through Diversity: Four Cases of Local and State Level Coalition Success, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, 1-51
GhaneaBassiri, K. (2012) Writing Histories of Western Muslims, Review of Middles East Studies, Vol 46, No. 2, 17-179
Uddin, A. (2014) Religious Freedom and Discrimination in America-Then and Now: Lesson Learned for American Muslim and their Allies, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, 1-8
Articles and Videos by Ms. Mogahed: