Lecture by Ahoo Najafian (Stanford University) and Will Sherman (Stanford University). Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies.
Part of a lecture series on “Religion, Violence, Nonviolence,” offered in conjunction with RELIGST 29 and RELIGST 119. Free and open to the public. Stanford students may register for credit; see Explore Courses for information.
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The speakers–doctoral candidates in Islamic Studies within the Department of Religious Studies—will address violent interpretations of Islam and Islam in America. Ahoo Najafian’s research interests include the cultural manifestations of religion with a focus on literature and visual arts, indigenous identities and authenticity, and gender. Her dissertation is on the contemporary ghazal in Iran, its marginalization as a poetic genre and the relationship of this marginalization to the ostensible disappearance of the mystical. She won the Centennial Award for outstanding Teaching Assistants in 2015, and she is TA for this course. Will Sherman is completing a dissertation on a 16th- and 17th-century messianic Sufi movement connected to the development of Afghan identity and the use of the “vernacular” as a language of revelation. His other academic interests include Islam in America, Islam and race, and theories of place and space in the study of religion. He is teaching RELIGST 135, “Islam in America,” at Stanford this quarter.