Iqbal Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam

Activities

Decolonial Juma Khutbah, Friday 14 September 2018

PROGRAMME DETAILS:

11.00 – 12.00: Dr Khalid Zaheer (Al-Mawrid Institute) talk: The Role of Hadith in Understanding Islam, includes Q&A.

13.00 – 13.45: Dr Shahid Mathee, Decolonial Juma Khutbah

14.15 – 15.00: Dr Shahid Mathee lecture (tbc)

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The Battle of Algiers – screening and symposium

The Battle of Algiers (1966)

From ‘Yesterday’s Mujahiddin’ to today’s Postcolonial Classroom

A screening and symposium at the University of Leeds

Friday 4 May 2018

Hosted by the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures (CWCDC) and the Iqbal Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam.

The event is free and all are welcome. However, space is limited for the afternoon session, so please sign up (afternoon session only) on the Eventbrite page at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-battle-of-algiers-1966-from-yesterdays-mujahiddin-to-todays-postcolonial-classroom-tickets-44631242247?aff=es2

Times and venues

Morning session (screening and discussion) 09:30-13:00: Roger Stevens Lecture Theatre 14: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/campusmap?location=5162
Afternoon Session (academic presentations and roundtable) 13:00-17:30: Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI), 29-31 Clarendon Place:http://www.leeds.ac.uk/campusmap?location=5099

Programme

 Morning session: screening and discussion (Roger Stevens Lecture Theatre 14)

Participants are asked to read Nicholas Harrison’s article ‘Yesterday’s Mujahiddin: Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers’, in R. Weaver-Hightower and P. Hulme (eds), Postcolonial Film (London: Routledge, 2014), pp. 23-46. The article is available to download here:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jXOYr2NmbxJqLbBt7xUXDzKzyJTW10gE/view?usp=sharing

09:30   Introduction

09:45   Screening of new restoration of The Battle of Algiers (Cult Films 2018)

12:00   Discussion: Islam in The Battle of Algiers

Chair Dr Mustapha Sheikh (Co-director Iqbal Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam, Leeds)

Discussants

Dr Fozia Bora (Lecturer in Middle Eastern History and Islamic History, Leeds)

Prof Nicholas Harrison (Professor of French and Postcolonial Studies, King’s College London)

Prof S Sayyid (Professor of Social Theory and Decolonial Thought, Leeds)

Afternoon session: academic presentations and roundtable (LHRI)

13:15   Buffet lunch (provided)

13:45   Introduction

14:00   Presentations

Chair Dr Tajul Islam (Co-director Iqbal Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam, Leeds)

14:00     Presentation 1 Prof Alan O’Leary (Professor of Film and Cultural Studies, Leeds): ‘The Battle of Algiers and the Orientalist Tradition’. Respondent Prof S Sayyid (Professor of Social Theory and Decolonial Thought, Leeds)

14:45     Presentation 2 Dr Neelam Srivastava (Reader in Postcolonial and Comparative Literature, Newcastle): The Battle of Algiers in the Postcolonial Classroom’. Respondent Beatrice Ivey (Postgraduate Researcher in French, Leeds)

15:30     Presentation 3 Dr Carl Vincent (Principal Lecturer of Classical Music, Leeds College of Music): ‘East and West: Music in The Battle of Algiers’.Respondent TBC

16:15   Coffee break

16:30   Roundtable

                Chair Dr Neelam Srivastava (Reader in Postcolonial and Comparative Literature, Newcastle)

Participants

Dr Laura Ager (Co-director/programmer, Leeds Film Fringe)

TBC Prof Martin Evans (Professor of Modern European History, Sussex)

Prof Nicholas Harrison (Professor of French and Postcolonial Studies, King’s College London)

Prof John Mowitt (Leadership Chair in Critical Humanities, Leeds)

Prof S Sayyid (Professor of Social Theory and Decolonial Thought, Leeds)

17:30   End

This event has been generously supported by the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies (Leeds), and the Society for Italian Studies. It has been convened by Alan O’Leary in consultation with Neelam Srivastava and organised with the assistance of Rachel Johnson (Postgraduate Researcher, Leeds).

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Critical Muslim Studies Workshop

Critical Muslim Studies and Decolonial ‘Methodologies’ Workshop: A Practical Guide

Centre for Ethnicity & Racism Studies
Iqbal Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam
Sadler Seminar Series

University of Leeds, Friday 9 March 2018, 14:00-17:30

Critical Muslim Studies.
Rationale: Starting points and ways forward:

This workshop focuses on Critical Muslim Studies not as a critique of positivism and Eurocentrism but rather as to what to do after that critique.

• What are the epistemological and methodological implications of the de-centring of the West?
• What kind of conceptual tools are adequate to a world in which the centrality of the Western enterprise can no longer be uncritically assured?
• Given the extent to which intellectual disciplines emerge in the context of Western centrality, what does the de-centring of the West mean for analytical tools forged in the smithy of European global domination?
• Can such tools adequately capture a post-Western world?

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Black Lives Matter: Bilal and the formation of the early Islamicate

Black Lives Matter: Bilal and the Formation of the Early Islamicate took place on Monday 20th March 2017. This was a collaboration between the Iqbal Centre, CERS, Re-Orient: Journal for Critical Muslim Studies, Leeds ABSoc and Leeds ISoc. The event also announced the launch of Bilal Studies, named after Bilal al-Habashi, the forgotten symbol of egalitarian Islam. See media page of this site for full video of the event.

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Event: A Theology of Tolerance, 18th October 2017, 18:30-20:30

The event you have been waiting for! This year’s Iqbal Centre public event will be on the life and legacy of Bangladesh’s Grand Mufti, Amimul Ihsan. The event will raise pertinent questions on issues like identity, religiosity, secularity and the potential power of ideas to make positive change in turbulent times. Not to be missed!

The full video of the event is now available here.

 

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Being Human 2016 festival

Canon to critique: the future of Islamic education

Saturday 19 November 2016

11.00-13.00

Bait ul Aman Mosque, Bradford, West Yorkshire

For at least a decade there has been a growing movement of young Muslims across all regions of the UK who choose to travel abroad to study at religious seminaries (madrasa) across the Muslim world. However, the madrasa system is controversial as, on the one hand, it is perceived in the West as a conduit of extremism and, on the other, an institution lacking pedagogic criticality. In a lecture by Dr Tajul Islam, followed by a one-to-one conversation between Dr Tajul Islam and Dr Mustapha Sheikh, probing questions will be asked about the classical madrasa model and the ways that canonical texts are taught within it; the problems associated with non-critical engagement with canonical texts in pedagogic settings; and ways of approaching the texts from a position of both critical engagement and sensitivity/respect.

This event will also serve as the public launch of the Iqbal Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam.

For more, visit beinghumanfestival.org

 

 

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Schooling Islam: Criticality, Identity, Change

If education is meant to promote both identity formation (socialisation) and change (the realisation of the unfolding potential of the individual), then in no sphere of education is this more urgent or more challenging than in Religious Studies. However, against the backdrop of growing pressure from the government for education to be an active agent in the promotion of British values and the prevention of radicalisation, the situation becomes potentially complex and murky, and the unpacking of the ethical, sociological and political considerations involved in instrumentalising education for both identity and change becomes both important and urgent.

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