It is an honour and pleasure to have been hired as a contract faculty member by the Department of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. One course I am especially delighted to teach is Ethical Encounters, a fourth-year seminar in which we are exploring ethical challenges related to globalization. Indeed, contemporary ecological systems and human cultures are threatened with extinction. The situation is so critical that the survival of life on earth as we know it is in question. My wonderfully diverse group of students and I are critically discussing theoretical works and case studies by scholars and activists, from diverse cultures and intellectual traditions, who are engaged in conversations about moral responsibility and global survival. Moreover, we are considering our individual positions in relation to human and non-human others in this global system, and how we can take practical steps to approach these relations more ethically. So far, I am having a blast!
It has been a busy few months as you can see from the following summary of my activities:
My dissertation has been published online. To access it, please click here: Tradition as Flow: Decolonial Currents in the Muslim Atlantic.
Here are videos 2 and 3 from the series summarizing my dissertation findings:
Here is video 1 of 5 presenting my dissertation findings. Yes, I successfully defended my dissertation on May 26th, 2020 (al-hamdulilah). The full text of the dissertation will be published and made available online this summer (in sha Allah). In the meantime, I am publishing videos presenting my research findings. Stay posted in the coming weeks for the other 4 videos of this series. Comments and questions are welcome. Enjoy!
Here is a slideshow with photos from my travels in Morocco and Southern Spain in 2018 and 2019. Enjoy!
I am honoured to be teaching this summer course in Morocco with my mentor and friend, Professor Ali Zaidi.
It is a full-credit course for Laurier University undergraduates , offered jointly by the Global Studies Department and the Department of Religion and Culture.
Spring 2019, May 20-24 at Laurier
June 1-18 in Morocco
Stay in the capital, Rabat
Take excursions to Casablanca, Tangiers, Fez, Meknes, and UNESCO sites
Experience Ramadan and Eid during 5-day homestay
Witness the effects of coloniality, capitalism and the refugee-crisis
There are still some places left in the course I will be teaching next winter (in sha Allah), but I am glad to see it is filling up fast. I am really happy to be teaching this course. I think teaching intro level courses is a really important part of an academic's tasks. These courses can lay the foundations of so much in the lives of the learners. It was an intro to Islam course taught by my dear mentor Sheila McDonough nearly three decades ago that opened the way to my becoming a specialist in Muslim Studies.
Here is the description from the Laurier University website:
Introduction to Muslim Studies
This course provides an overview of the aims, methods, and central issues in the Muslim Studies field. In particular it will investigate the diversity of contemporary Muslims, ideational currents that are influencing them, and the major debates about Islamic identity.
Sorry I haven't been keeping this page updated lately. I have been so busy with fieldwork, research, teaching, and all the other aspects related to the academic life, that I have neglected my online duties. The slideshow below gives you an indication of some of the things I have been up to. Hopefully, more detailed entries related to the activities presented in these selfies will come soon.
Transdisciplinary scholar of Islam and Sufism.