Vanderbilt University presents Speech and Space: Discursive Environments across Non-Arab Islam

Specialists on Islam will come together Sept. 7-9 at Vanderbilt University to discuss the historical and contemporary facets of being Muslim in a wide variety of locales and language communities around the world as part of the mapping of the intellectual project in Islam series.

The conference Speech and Space: Discursive Environments across Non-Arab Islam, will be held at Sarratt Student Center, has been organized by Samira Sheikh, associate professor of history; David J. Wasserstein, professor of history and Eugene Greener Jr. Professor of Jewish Studies; and Tony K. Stewart, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor in the Humanities and chair of Religious Studies.

Speakers include Shahzad Bashir, Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Humanities, Brown University; Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, professor of history and Near and Middle Eastern civilizations, University of Toronto; Faisal Devji, professor of history, University of Oxford; Benjamin Soares, University of Florida; and Emily Greble, associate professor of history and European studies, Germanic and Slavic languages, Vanderbilt University.

“As Islam grew beyond the Arab world, its practitioners found themselves inhabiting and domesticating new physical environments and living in ever-more diverse language communities.


These linked activities—the appropriation and domestication of local speech and space—gave rise to new and diverse expressions of Islam. Yet whatever the local variation, these activities conveyed a recognizable sense of what it meant to be a Muslim.”


– Tony K. Stewart,  Chair of Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University


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