“Creating Islamic Spaces and Places”
Thursday, October 19, 2023 – 10am-7pm
Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture
Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
A Virtual Conference on the Zoom platform
All Sessions held in Eastern Standard Time (UTC-05:00)
As the world’s second-largest religion, Islam shares many roots with other religions, especially Judaism and Christianity. For centuries it has valued sacred spaces in synagogues and churches. In a way, this mitigated tension and hostility in today’s all-too-often toxic political atmosphere. Yet Muslims continue to be racialized in what is broadly described as the “Western” world. This phenomenon materializes at best when Muslim figures operate in the public sphere or when they try to establish Islamic spaces in the form of sacred places of worship or cultural centers. This conference explores the importance of space and place-making to religious identity among Muslims living in North America.
Program schedule can be found here.