1 year ago

5 October, 2016

Sydney University Muslim Students' Association (SUMSA)

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Sydney Uni Muslim Students' Association (SUMSA)

Time: Wednesday 5th of October 6-8:15 PM
Location: Eastern Avenue Auditorium, USYD

It's about time that we have some experts to get to the bottom of pertinent issues regarding Islam, historically and its implications around the globe until today. With all the tabloids and agendas being pushed around it is essential to hear the voices of those who actually know.

Speaker 1: Claudia Sirdah

Islam and Medieval Othering

This talk will explore the Caliphate’s development (from its formative years to its earliest signs of disintegration) into a political power alongside the neighbouring Byzantine Empire. I’ll be focusing specifically on Byzantium and the ‘West’ and how Islam perceived, and in turn was perceived by, these parts of the world. At the core of this discussion is how ‘otherness’ and ‘race’ – the latter of which is a term generally argued to have no applicability before the modern era – function in medieval contexts.

Speaker 2: Yassir Morsi

Orientalism and the Origins of Islamophobia

Speaker 3: Charlotte Epstein

Worlding the West (and Australia's Position Within It)

In these comments i will reflect on the history of the international system, in light of the rising interest in and scholarship on postcolonial IR theory, and the ways in which it is causing the discipline to rethink some of its core categories, notably that of 'universality'. I will also consider how the postcolonial perspective can help us think through some of the pressing political issues that are currently constellating around troubled and troubling self/other relations in the Australian polity today; and notably how it can help us understand Australia's difficulty at coming together with it's own postcoloniality.

Speaker 4: Mohammad Tabaa

What does 'the West' mean today?

Our political discussions concerning Islam and Muslims often take 'The West' as a centre-point about (and against) which to make a claim. But how accurate is it to speak about 'the west' today, given all that has changed in the three decades since Edward Said's groundbreaking thesis on Orientalism? In this discussion, I'll be considering what's changed and what's remained the same in the idea of 'the West' (and the west's idea of Islam/Muslims), what's at stake in such a narrative, and ways for Muslims to make political representations today that are more meaningful and useful.