Illinois Network on Islam and Muslim Societies



This page is a temporary website for upcoming events through the I-NIMS network. We will keep all members updated on when the new site is ready to use! Please email Liz Rogers at erogers2 at illinois.edu if you have any questions or suggestions for the new site.


Related Upcoming Events


Please email Liz Rogers at erogers2 at illinois.edu if you have any events you would like to add to the list!




Muslim Societies Film Series


ARUSI Persian Wedding: July 11, 5:00pm

Linda & Ali: Two Worlds Within Four Walls: July 25, 5:00pm


All screenings will be held at the Independent Media Center (202 S. Broadway Ave., Urbana IL). Dr. Valerie Hoffman, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, will offer commentary and answer questions about the films.


Sponsored by Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Center for Global Studies, and the Illinois Network on Islam and Muslim Societies. Please contact Liz Rogers for more information.



Knox College Film Series


Reel Bad Arabs: May 22, 7:00pm, with introduction and commentary by Dr. Bob Seibert

Edge of Heaven: May 23, 5:00pm, with introduction and commentary by Dr. Emre Sencer

Four Wives - One Man: May 27, 7:00pm, with introduction and commentary by Dr. Magali Roy-Fequiere


All screenings will be held at "The Center" community center (123 S. Cherry St., Galesburg IL).


Sponsored by Center for Global Studies at Knox College, and the Illinois Network on Islam and Muslim Societies. Please contact Robin Ragan for more information.



Jerusalem and the Three Abrahamic Faiths


Mai Abdul Rahman


This presentation considers the importance of Jerusalem to and points of understanding among Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. The lecture will also explore the impact of the Israeli occupation on the Abrahamic faiths.


Mai Abdul Rahman is board member of the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace and President and Fouder of the American Palestinian Women's Association.


May 27 7:30pm, Brookens Auditorium, University of Illinois at Springfield campus

May 28 7:00pm, First Mennonite Church, 902 W. Springfield Ave., Urbana IL


Sponsored by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Center for Global Studies, First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana, Department of Religion, Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Interfaith Alliance of Champaign-Urbana, University of Illinois at Springfield, Peoria World Affairs Council, and the Illinois Network on Islam and Muslim Societies. Please contact Liz Rogers for more information.



Islam in Austria:
Particularly European, Particular Challenges


Farid Hafez


This presentation treats the subject of Islam in Austria, and hence Europe, by examining Islam in Austria’s political system, the consequences of recognizing Muslims politically, the difference between being recognized politically and being recognized by society, the history of the immigration of Muslims post 1945, Austrian-Islamic identity and the questions facing the younger generation, and outlooks for Islam in Austria.


Farid Hafez is a founding member of the Muslim Youth of Austria and coeditor of “Islamophobia in Austria: An Interdisciplinary Anthology.” He is a fellow in the Department of Legal Philosophy, Law of Religion and Culture at the University of Vienna.


June 3 6:00pm, Goethe-Institut Chicago, 150 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 200


Sponsored by the Austrian Consulate General in Chicago. Please contact Eugene Sampson for more information.



"Slingshot Hip Hop" film screening


followed by a discussion with director Jackie Salloum


Slingshot Hip Hop braids together the stories of young Palestinians living in the West Bank, Gaza and inside Israel as they discover Hip Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty. From internal checkpoints and Separation Walls to gender norms and generational differences, this is the story of young people crossing the borders that separate them. (http://slingshothiphop.com)


Friday, March 27 6:30pm, Arab American Action Network, 3148 W. 63rd St., Chicago IL

Saturday, March 28 4pm, Doudna Lecture Hall, Charleston, IL

Sunday, March 29 7pm, Independent Media Center: 202 S. Broadway Ave, Urbana IL


Sponsored by Dept. of Communication Studies, Women's Studies, and Film Studies Minor at Eastern Illinois Univeristy, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois, and the Illinois Network on Islam and Muslim Societies. Please contact Liz Rogers for more information.



"Jihad for Love" film screening


Followed by a conversation with director Parvez Sharma


The film documents gay and lesbian Muslims' struggles.


Monday, April 6: 7pm at Simpson Multi-Purpose Room (6333 N. Winthrop Ave. - SE corner of Sheridan Rd. - Chicago, IL)


Please see the event flyer for more details.


Sponsored by Office of Student Diversity, Advocate, Asian Studies, English Graduate Students Association, Gannon Center, Islamic World Studies, Women's Studies/Gender Studies, Center for Ethics and Social Justice, Graduate Students of Color Alliance, International Studies, Campus Greens, Feminist Forum, Persian Cultural Association, Sociology Club and the Sociology Department at Loyola University. Please contact Marcia Hermansen for more information.



Dissent and Diversity in Islam


Tariq Ali


Tariq Ali has been a leading figure of the international left since the 60s. He is a historian, novelist, filmmaker, political campaigner, a long-standing editor of the New Left Review, and a political commentator published on every continent.


March 24: 7pm at Galvin Auditorium (Loyola University, Chicago)


Please see the event flyer for more details.


Sponsored by Dean’s Special Activity Fund, Islamic World Studies, Asian Studies, Theology, and Political Science at Loyola University. Please contact Marcia Hermansen for more information.



Peace in Islamic Doctrine


Dr. Nagasura Madale


Public presentation on the place of peace and justice in Islamic doctrine and a discussion of grassroots peace-building and conflict resolution projects in Mindanao, Philippines ----- Professor Madale is a consultant on special projects with Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao, Philippines where he is responsible for designing Muslim- Christian integration workshops in Mindanao as well as assisting in designing a new PhD program in anthropology and Islamic studies at Capitol University. Professor Madale was also instrumental in helping to design a Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State funded program which annually brings 25-30 Muslim, Christian and non-Muslim youth activists from Mindanao, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi Tawi in the southern Philippines to Northern Illinois University campus for a training institute designed to promote inter-ethnic dialogue and conflict resolution.


March 31 7pm, Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center on the Northern Illinois University campus in DeKalb, Illinois

April 1 3pm, Stipes Hall 121, Eastern Illinois University, Macomb, IL

April 2 7pm, PAC Conference Room F on the University of Illinois at Springfield campus (Springield, IL)


Sponsored by Center for Southeast Asian Studies (NIU), DeKalb Interfaith Network for Peace and Justice, Western Illinois University, University of Illinois at Springfield, PEACE (UIS), Muslim Students Association (UIS), and the Illinois Network on Islam and Muslim Societies. Please contact Liz Rogers for more information.



The Significance of Islamic Intellectual History for Contemporary Muslims


Dr. Mohammed Fadel


Education in the Muslim world has radically changed as a result of modernization programs adopted by Muslim political and cultural elites beginning in the 19th century. One of the consequences of these reform programs has been a pronounced decline -- if not outright collapse -- of interest in the theoretical Islamic sciences such as theology (kalam) and ethics (usul al-fiqh). As a result, educated Muslims, unless they attended seminaries (and attained advanced training there), can only engage religious texts in a naive, quasi-literalist fashion. Muslim reformers, therefore, generally engage in a strategy of 're-reading' revelation in order to advance their goals rather than, for example, arguing that the reforms are good and desirable in themselves. Dr. Fadel believes that this strategy at best leads to inconclusive results and at worst undermines the Islamic credibility of reform projects. An alternative reform strategy is possible if modern Muslims take the problems posed in traditional Islamic theological and ethical discussions and apply them to contemporary problems.


April 1 7:30pm, Unitarian Fellowship, 105 North Parrish Lane, Carbondale, IL

April 2 7:30pm, Knight Auditorium at Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana IL


Sponsored by Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (UIUC), Center for Global Studies (UIUC), Department of Religion (UIUC), Muslim Student Association (UIUC), Department of History (SIU), and Illinois Network on Islam and Muslim Societies (I-NIMS). Please contact Liz Rogers for more information.



Islam at the Edges: Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia Colloquium


March 30, 2009


"Islam at the Edges" is a colloquium aimed at exploring European-Asian continuity from a salient and innovative perspective: Europe and Asia as parts of the Islamic world. It will bring together diverse scholars, including anthropologists, historians, linguists and specialists working on religious studies as well as popular culture and art to explore the links between Europe and Asia through their participation in the Islamic world, as its peripheral geographic members.


In conjunction with the March 30 event, a parallel afternoon session is being offered from 2 to 5 p.m. for registered K-16 educators on resources for teaching about Islam in Southeast Asia and Southeast Europe. CPDUs are available for the full day or half day for current K-12 Illinois educators. Limited stipends will be available for K-16 educators attending the colloquium.


Please see the event website for more details on the schedule and speakers.


Sponsored by Center for Southeast Asian Studies (NIU), Center for East European & Russian/Eurasian Studies (UC), and the Illinois Network on Islam and Muslim Societies. Please contact Julia Lamb for more information.



Who Are Abraham’s Children? What Are the Goals and Obstacles of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue?


Dr. Mahmoud Ayoub


Wednesday, March 18, 2009: 7:30pm, Hamming Hall
These questions will be explored in a discussion with Dr. Ayoub who has authored a number of books in English and Arabic in the area of Islam and Inter-religious dialogue. The most notable are “Redemptive Suffering in Islam” and “The Qur’an and Its Interpreters” (2 volumes to date).


Please see the event flyer for more details.


Sponsored by North Park University. Please contact Dr. Don Wagner for more information.



Perspectives on the Recent Conflict Between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip:


the Current Situation and Future of a Just Peace


Dr. Ghada Talhami, Lake Forest College, IL
Dr. Zohar Raviv, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, IL


With a precarious cease-fire in place between Israel and Hamas, how does the recent conflict affect a future political solution between Israel and the Palestinians? Join Dr. Ghada Talhami and Dr. Zohar Raviv for a panel discussion on Wednesday March 4, 2009, at Hamming Hall (on Foster and Kedzie Avenues) at 7:30pm.


Please see the event flyer for more details.


Sponsored by North Park University. Please contact Dr. Don Wagner for more information.



Jashn-e-Azadi


Film Screenings with Film Director Sanjay Kak


Jashn-e-Azadi (How We Celebrate Freedom) is a provocative look at Indian democracy as practiced in Kashmir, India's only Muslim-majority state; a reflection on power, resistance, and freedom in the 60th year of India's independence.


Screenings: Sunday, December 7, 1:30pm: Brookens Auditorium, UIS
Monday, December 8, 1:00pm: University Galleries, Normal IL
Tuesday, December 9, 3:00pm: Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium, UIUC


Please see the event postcard for more details.


Sponsored by Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Center for Global Studies; I-NIMS; University of Illinois at Springfield; School of Art, ISU; International Studies, ISU; University Galleries; Colloquium on Visual Culture; Spurlock Museum; Global Crossroads, UIUC; South Asia Reading Group, UIUC



American Ramadan


Fasting for Faith


New addition to the I-NIMS library: we have public screening rights for American Ramadan!

About the film: American Ramadan is a unique film about the Muslim American experience. It is the story of 5 families observing their faith in America. It is about diversity in America. American Ramadan builds bridges between all faiths, through the personal stories of these families, and the commentary provided by a Jewish Rabbi, Muslim scholars, and a Christian doctor. The film has been screened around the nation, and globe, and will be entered into film festivals in the US and abroad. It has already been awarded "Official Selection" status by the 1st two films fests that it was submitted to: "Dallas Video Fest" and "Dallas South Asian Film Fest." It also had a sold-out showing at the Dallas Film Fest! American Ramadan is currently being reviewed for local and national television broadcast. PBS, Link TV and Geo TV. American Ramadan is the first Texas Muslim feature production, directed by first-time director Naeem Randhawa in Texas.


Please see the American Ramadan website for more details about the film.


Please contact Liz Rogers to screen the film in your community.



Christian-Muslim Relations: Current Challenges and Possibilities


Dr. Fahad Alhomoudi and Dr. Scott Alexander; Dr. Marcia Hermansen moderating


The Theology Department, the Center for Ethics, and the Islamic World Studies Program are hosting a panel on November 19th at 7pm in Crown Auditorium on "Christian/Muslim Relations: Current Challenges and Possibilities." Dr. Fahad Alhomoudi of Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University is visiting Loyola this fall as a Fulbright Interfaith Scholar and he will speak along with Dr. Scott Alexander, an Islamic scholar from the Catholic Theological Union. Please consider joining us for the panel and thanks in advance for encouraging your students to attend. The panel is free and open to the general public.


Please see the event flyer for more details.


Hosted by Loyola University Theology Department, the Center for Ethics, and the Islamic World Studies Program



September 11, Violence, and the Construction of a Liberal Islam in the United States


Dr. Malika Zeghal, University of Chicago


On Thursday, November 20, at 4pm in the Hussey Lounge (Damen Hall, 10th floor), Dr. Malika Zeghal from the University of Chicago Divinity School will give a presentation concerning Islam in the United States.


Please see the event flyer for more details.


Hosted by Loyola University Theology Department, Political Science Department, the Dean's Special Activity Fund, and the Islamic World Studies Program



Islam, Apocalypse, and World War III?


Professor Michael Sells, University of Chicago


Dr. Michael Sells will be giving a free public lecture on "Islam, Apocalypse, and World War III?" November 11, 2008, 6:15pm, at Neumiller Auditorium, Bradley Hall. Michael Sells has authored numerous works on the Islamic world, ranging from his illuminating commentaries and translations of Arabic literature to his incisive analysis of Muslim-Christian relations in Bosnia. His introductory textbook, Approaching the Qur'an, received national attention when some students protested the University of North Carolina's selection of the book as a requirement for incoming students in 2002. This book has proven its value as an excellent introduction to the Qur'an that is currently assigned in Islamic studies courses throughout the US. In addition to his scholarly writing, Professor Sells is a dynamic speaker who played a central role in the PBS documentary Islam: Empire of Faith.


Please see the event flyer for more details.


Hosted by Bradley University department of Philosophy and Religious Studies with funding from Intellectual and Cultural Activities



Islam, Intellectuals, and Ideology


Loyola University: Lecture Series 2008-2009


Dr. Fahad Alhomoudi, Vice-Dean of Academic Research and Professor of Islamic Law at Imam Muhammad bin Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will be speaking on "Saudi Arabia in Religio-Social Transition" Wednesday, October 29, 4:00pm in McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall. Dr. Alhomoudi is currently a Fulbright Interfaith scholar in the Theology Dept. at Loyola.


Please see the event flyer for more details.


Hosted by Loyola University



Cosmopolitan Iran


A Speaker and Film Series


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is delighted to host a series of distinguished scholars of Iranian culture during the Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 semesters, in addition to screening four Iranian films. This series intends to provide an open forum for educated discussion about Iran, a nation that is much maligned by the media. Contrary to the dominant portrayal of the Iranian nation and its people, Iran is a living and dynamic cosmopolitan community, comprised of unique individuals, diverse ethnic, linguistic, religious, and cultural heritages with multiple networks of influence. The scheduled series of speakers and films will explore the Iranian polyvocal community through cultural outlets, like music, literature, religion, poetry, art, and film, wherein contemporary social issues are addressed.


For more information, visit their website or view the event flyer.


Hosted by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville



Worldwide reading in memory of
Mahmoud Darwish


October 5, 2008


The Berlin International Literature Festival is appealing for a worldwide reading of Mahmoud Darwish's poetry on 5 October 2008. The activities accompanying this event are designed not only to honour the poet's body of work but also his commitment to promoting peaceful and fair coexistence between Arabs and Israelis. This appeal is directed at cultural institutions, radio stations, schools, universities, theatres and all other Darwish enthusiasts the world over.


They invite you to participate in the Worldwide Reading and welcome you to contact them should you be interested in organizing a reading on October 5 or in signing the appeal. Furthermore, they would appreciate it if you could forward their appeal to cultural institutions, theatres, universities, schools and radio stations in your country or region which might be interested in organizing a reading of Mahmoud Darwish's poems on October 5. Readings will be organized in Hongkong, India, in Arabic Countries, South Africa, Latin America, Europe, USA at cultural institutions and via radio stations, and Palestine.


For more information, visit their website
or contact worldwidereading at literaturfestival.com.