Category: Ed Outreach Upcoming Events

Title: POSTPONED! Is there a “Muslim World”? Using Global Humanities to Challenge Singular Narratives

Date Published: January 15, 2020

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Date: TBD
Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, George Mason University

For Virginia Educators,
We invite middle and high school teachers who teach in the state of Virginia to apply for a two-day seminar interrogating the idea of a monolithic and static ‘Muslim World.’ The seminar will center on emerging critical scholarship by humanities scholars that suggest it is a misconception to see the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims as constituting a single religio-political entity. But how did this belief arise, and why is it so widespread? This seminar will bring together six humanities scholars to lead a small group of Virginia educators through critical case studies that explore the multiple identities, perspectives, practices and histories encompassed within the study of Islam and Muslims.

Applicants should submit a brief (250 word) statement on why they are interested in the workshop and how the content relates to their curriculum or student body. Successful teacher applicants (25) will receive a $240 stipend to help offset the cost of travel and related expenses. The application is available at

The deadline to apply is January 20, 2020. Applicants will be notified of the status of their applications by January 31.

The two-day seminar will take place March 20-21 at the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The teacher institute is a collaboration between George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies and Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom, Virginia Humanities, Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, and George Mason University’s Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies.

Send questions to Alison Kysia, Outreach Coordinator, Institute for Middle East Studies at GWU:

CCAS’s contribution to this program is made possible by a Title VI grant from the United States Department of Education, which is funding a National Resource Center on the Middle East at Georgetown University, and by support from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown.

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