"Constructing Orthodoxies and Heresies in the Islamic World"

8:00 AM—5:00 PM
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL 60616-3793

mameis conference


Midwest Association for Middle East and Islamic Studies

2014 Annual Conference 


Sponsored by the Department of Humanities

IIT Lewis College of Human Sciences


Alumni Lounge - Hermann Hall

Illinois Institute of Technology

3300 South Federal Street

Chicago, IL 60616-3793




Saturday, April 12, 2014


Session One: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Medieval Islam

 8am-9am: Nora Jacobsen Ben Hammed, Ph.D. Student, University of Chicago

 "Linguistics, Knowledge, and the Divine: Fakhr al-Din al-Razi’s Commentary on Verse 31 of Surat al-Baqarah"

 9am-10am: Catherine Bronson, Visiting Assistant Professor, Beloit College & Illinois Institute of Technology

 "Eve in the Formative Period of Islam: Intertextual Boundaries and Hermeneutic Demarcations"


Special Session: Digital Manuscript Studies

 10am-11am: Evyn Kropf, Librarian for Near Eastern and Religious Studies; Curator, Islamic Manuscripts Collection, University of Michigan

 "Islamic Manuscript Studies in the Digital Environment: Prospects and Challenges"


Session Two: Constructing Orthodoxy in Twelver Shi’ism

 12pm-1pm: Maryam Moazzen, Assistant Professor, University of Louisville

 "Constructing Selves and Marking Others: Identity and Savafid Heresiologists"

 1pm-2pm: Zackery Heern, Assistant Professor, Murray State University

 "Re-constructing Shi’ism and State in Modern Iran"


2:30pm-4pm: Panel Discussion: Islam in College Curricula

Chair and Discussant: James M. Gustafson, Indiana State University

 James N. Tallon, Lewis University, "Crafting Islamic Civilization Curricula"

 Nahyan Fancy, DePauw University, "Integrating the Islamic World in History of Science Curricula"

 Edgar Hopida, Islamic Society of North America, "Experiential Learning and Outreach at the Islamic Society of North America"


Session Three: Imperial Legacies in Modern Islam

 4pm-5pm: Elizabeth Lhost, Ph.D. Student, University of Chicago

 "’With Zeal and Integrity’: Controversy, Professionalism, and the Making of a 19th-Century Qazi"

 5pm-6pm: Inci Aksu Kargin, Ph.D. Student, Indiana University - Bloomington

 "The Islamic Legacy of the Ottoman Empire in the Balkans"



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