Title

Fundraising, Youth Groups, and “Sushi” Muslims: The Formatting of Islam in America

About the Speaker

Dr. Smith earned his Bachelor Degree in Theology from Prairie Bible College in Alberta, Canada, his M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Cali., and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Emory University in Atlanta. He is the author of Religion, Culture, and Sacred Space, and has also published several articles in academic journals, such as “Between Book and Reality: The Guidebook in Melville’s Redburn and Clarel,” in Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies and “Pyramids in the Medieval Islamic Landscape: Perceptions and Narratives,” in Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt.

Location

Fort Howard Theater, Bemis International Center, St. Norbert College

Start Date

2-23-2012 7:00 PM

Description

In his lecture Dr. Smith will examine the changes that Islam undergoes as it is transferred from the cultures in which it developed to countries such as the United States. He will focus specifically on Dearborn, Mich., which has developed into a vibrant center for Islam in America. According to Dr. Smith, the mosques and Islamic centers in Dearborn provide us with a snapshot of the accommodations that Muslims make as they become rooted in a new culture. His lecture will explore the nature of these accommodations, particularly how they impact the experience of Islam and its institutional expression.

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Feb 23rd, 7:00 PM

Fundraising, Youth Groups, and “Sushi” Muslims: The Formatting of Islam in America

Fort Howard Theater, Bemis International Center, St. Norbert College

In his lecture Dr. Smith will examine the changes that Islam undergoes as it is transferred from the cultures in which it developed to countries such as the United States. He will focus specifically on Dearborn, Mich., which has developed into a vibrant center for Islam in America. According to Dr. Smith, the mosques and Islamic centers in Dearborn provide us with a snapshot of the accommodations that Muslims make as they become rooted in a new culture. His lecture will explore the nature of these accommodations, particularly how they impact the experience of Islam and its institutional expression.