The Study of Islam in an Age of Trump: Notes from the Field
- 13/11/2017 7:30pm
Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
The Study of Islam has always been, protestations to the contrary, a politically fraught field. If Orientalism defined previous generations of scholarship, a recent paradigm shift has moved to Cosmopolitanism. The election of Trump to the U.S. Presidency in 2016 has exacerbated, among other things, the place and role of Muslims in the United States, just as it has provoked a set of responses among scholars of Islam. This lecture charts some of the repercussions of a Trump presidency on the academic study of Islam and examines that field's responses to it, both positive and negative.