Gain deeper understanding and appreciation, expand your knowledge base, and reconsider some ideas you might already have about Islam through this continuing academic lecture series. The University of Chicago’s Center for East Asian Studies joins the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago and the library as a co-sponsor of this lecture.
Kicking off the first lecture of this year's series, religion and modernity scholar Timothy Gutmann, PhD will address questions of Muslim belonging in Modern China. As China has attempted to re-establish itself on the world stage, global attention has recently focused on the relationship between the state and religious communities and ideas. In this talk, Gutmann will discuss situations that have been extensively reported in the media but less understood in depth. Bring your questions to the discussion, or email them in advance to email@example.com.
Gutmann is a scholar of religion and modernity. His research and teaching focus on Islamic and East Asian traditions, social and intellectual history, epistemology, and critical theory and postcolonial theory. He earned his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2019.
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is active locally, regionally, and nationally in its goal of enhancing public knowledge of the Middle East. The Middle East Education Initiative coordinates all Center outreach programs and routinely collaborates with K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions, museums and libraries, journalists and news media organizations, cultural and religious groups, diplomatic circles, and the public and private sectors. CMES draws on the critical expertise of scholars and specialists from the University of Chicago community and around the country to promote a descriptive and critical understanding of North Africa, West Asia, Central Asia, and the wider Islamic world in both historical and contemporary contexts.
Mark your calendar for the other upcoming events in this series: