Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University

Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University The mission of Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies is to advance an understanding of the Islamic faith, its role in world history, and its current patterns of globalization.

We are excited to share the video-recording of Islam in China: New Studies and Perspectives Conference. Ali Vural Ak Cen...
04/25/2019
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We are excited to share the video-recording of Islam in China: New Studies and Perspectives Conference. Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University The Maydan

Video-recording of Islam in China: New Studies and Perspectives Conference organized by Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University is now on The Maydan !Featuring Kristian Petersen Elise Anderson David Atwill Michael Gibbs Hill Guangtian Ha Kelly Hammond, Marie Paula Hille, Eric Schluessel and Dror Weil. #islaminChina

https://www.themaydan.com/2019/04/video-islam-in-china-new-studies-and-persepctives-conference-at-gmu-ali-vural-ak-center-for-global-islamic-studies/

Join us today at 1:30 pm for our Faculty Talk with Dr. Ahsan Butt in Enterprise Hall, Room 318 at George Mason Universit...
04/22/2019

Join us today at 1:30 pm for our Faculty Talk with Dr. Ahsan Butt in Enterprise Hall, Room 318 at George Mason University. Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason UniversityThe Maydan

Please join us on Wednesday, April 24 at 12:00 pm for our Visiting Scholar Presentation with Betül Yurtalan in Johnson ...
04/19/2019

Please join us on Wednesday, April 24 at 12:00 pm for our Visiting Scholar Presentation with Betül Yurtalan in Johnson Center Room 239A at George Mason University. Ms. Yurtalan will present her research on Sunni-Ismaili relations during the reign of the Abbasid Caliph, al-Qadir (991-1031).

Join us on Monday, April 22 at 1:30 pm for our Faculty Talk with Dr. Ahsan Butt in Enterprise Hall, Room 318 at George M...
04/17/2019

Join us on Monday, April 22 at 1:30 pm for our Faculty Talk with Dr. Ahsan Butt in Enterprise Hall, Room 318 at George Mason University. This talk will be a discussion of, how and why, non-state actors provide dispute resolution in conflict environments in South Asia. Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason UniversityThe Maydan

Join us on today at 3:00pm in Merten Hall, Room 1203 for a lecture by Dr. Yasemin Ipek of George Mason University. She w...
03/27/2019

Join us on today at 3:00pm in Merten Hall, Room 1203 for a lecture by Dr. Yasemin Ipek of George Mason University. She will discuss how different communities in Lebanon talk about and problematize sectarianism, based on ethnographic research she conducted between 2012 and 2015.

Join us tomorrow at 1:30pm for our Faculty Talk with Dr. Benjamin Gatling in Enterprise Hall, Room 318 at George Mason U...
03/27/2019

Join us tomorrow at 1:30pm for our Faculty Talk with Dr. Benjamin Gatling in Enterprise Hall, Room 318 at George Mason University. This lecture draws on Dr. Gatling’s recent book, Expressions of Sufi Culture in Tajikistan (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018). Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted between 2010 and 2014, Gatling highlights the range of expressive forms―memories, stories, poetry, artifacts, rituals, and other embodied practices―Sufis employ as they try to construct a Sufi life in twenty-first-century Central Asia.

Join us on March 27 at 3:00pm in Merten Hall, Room 1203 for a lecture by Dr. Yasemin Ipek of George Mason University. Sh...
03/25/2019

Join us on March 27 at 3:00pm in Merten Hall, Room 1203 for a lecture by Dr. Yasemin Ipek of George Mason University. She will discuss how different communities in Lebanon talk about and problematize sectarianism, based on ethnographic research she conducted between 2012 and 2015.

Thanks to Kristian Petersen, Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University and The Maydan pr...
03/18/2019

Thanks to Kristian Petersen, Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University and The Maydan presents | Islam in China: New Studies and Perspectives | April 4, 2019 at GMU | Featuring Elise Anderson, David Atwill, Michael Gibbs Hill, Guangtian Ha, Kelly Hammond, Marie Paula Hille, Eric Schluessel and Dror Weil. Please join us!

Today, Dr. Sachedina talked about his current research on juridical ethics in Islam and argued that Islamic jurisprudenc...
02/28/2019

Today, Dr. Sachedina talked about his current research on juridical ethics in Islam and argued that Islamic jurisprudence maintains close relationship with both theology and ethics. Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason UniversityThe Maydan

Join us today between 1:30pm and 2:30pm for our Faculty Talk with Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina - IIIT Chair in Islamic Studie...
02/28/2019

Join us today between 1:30pm and 2:30pm for our Faculty Talk with Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina - IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies. Professor Sachedina will discuss his current research on juridical ethics in Islam.

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02/28/2019

The Maydan

‪www.aftermalcolm.com launch panel at GMU, a distinguished panel speaks to a full house. Stay tuned for the video of the panel! Gmu Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University commitment to digital Islamic studies continues #digitalhumanities #digitalislamicstudies‬

02/20/2019

POSTPONED!!! Dr. Yasemin Ipek's talk is postponed as George Mason University is closed on Wednesday, Feb 20th due to inclement weather. We will announce a new date and time once we reschedule!

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02/18/2019

The Maydan

After Malcolm Project- now housed at Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University The Maydan. Stay tuned for online launch on Feb 21; panel & reception on Feb 27 @ GMU Fairfax campus, led by Abbas Barzegar #BlackHistoryMonth #digitalslamicstudies #AfricanAmericanIslam

POSTPONED!!! Dr. Yasemin Ipek's talk is postponed as George Mason University is closed on Wednesday, Feb 20th due to inc...
02/18/2019

POSTPONED!!! Dr. Yasemin Ipek's talk is postponed as George Mason University is closed on Wednesday, Feb 20th due to inclement weather. We will announce a new date and time once we reschedule!

Join us on Feb 13 between 12:30pm and 2:00pm for our first Visiting Scholar Brown Bag Lecture of the semester, with Dr. ...
02/12/2019

Join us on Feb 13 between 12:30pm and 2:00pm for our first Visiting Scholar Brown Bag Lecture of the semester, with Dr. Ikran Eum presenting, “Global Islamic Consumerism and Local Reactions: The Emergence of Korea's Halal Industry and Islamophobic Responses” in Johnson Center, Room F.

"Interpreting Islam in China." Dr. Kristian Petersen from Old Dominion University will give a lecture at George Mason Un...
10/31/2018

"Interpreting Islam in China."

Dr. Kristian Petersen from Old Dominion University will give a lecture at George Mason University on November 1 at 4:00pm. "Interpreting Islam in China." Please join us

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10/12/2018

The Maydan

Dr. Sylvia Chan-Malik Sylvia Chan-Malik at GMU Fall For The Book festival with hew book, Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in Islam (New York: NYU Press, 2018).

Sylvia Chan Malik from Rutgers University will speak on her new book Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color ...
10/12/2018

Sylvia Chan Malik from Rutgers University will speak on her new book Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam at the Fall For The Book Festival today at 3:00 pm at George Mason University. Join us! https://sched.co/Fl2g The Maydan

Be sure to join us for our Spring Conferences taking place this week - Tomorrow April 11, "What is Islam? Conventional V...
04/10/2018

Be sure to join us for our Spring Conferences taking place this week - Tomorrow April 11, "What is Islam? Conventional Views and Contemporary Perspectives" and Thursday April 12, "Racism, Racialization, and African American Islam in the Americas"

TOMORROW:: Lecture, "A Modern Islamic Perspective on Coexistence and Pluralism" with Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Salmi:: 2pm
04/03/2018

TOMORROW:: Lecture, "A Modern Islamic Perspective on Coexistence and Pluralism" with Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Salmi:: 2pm

TOMORROW: March 27, 4:30pm:: Guest Lecture by David Novak, "Maimonides and Islam"
03/26/2018

TOMORROW: March 27, 4:30pm:: Guest Lecture by David Novak, "Maimonides and Islam"

Prof. Ahsan Butt from the Schar School of Policy and Government pens op-ed in TRT World discussing one-state solution to...
03/05/2018
Why the Palestinians should focus on a one-state solution

Prof. Ahsan Butt from the Schar School of Policy and Government pens op-ed in TRT World discussing one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:

Is the idea that Palestinians can gain full citizenship rights within Israel any more idealistic or unlikely than Palestinians managing to force Israel to cede territory?

Tomorrow Feb. 6 at 2pm in JC Room C, join us as we welcome Muhammad Isa Waley to GMU for his presentation on "The Study ...
02/05/2018

Tomorrow Feb. 6 at 2pm in JC Room C, join us as we welcome Muhammad Isa Waley to GMU for his presentation on "The Study of Manuscripts and Its Importance for Research on Islamic Literature and Culture"

Join us on February 6 at 2pm in JC Room C as we kick off our Spring 2018 Lecture Series with Muhammad Isa Waley discussi...
01/22/2018

Join us on February 6 at 2pm in JC Room C as we kick off our Spring 2018 Lecture Series with Muhammad Isa Waley discussing "The Study of Manuscripts and its Importance for Research on Islamic Literature and Culture"

TOMORROW:: NOV. 16 - "Voice of the Muslim Brotherhood" with lecturer Noha Mellor and respondent Nancy Youssef:: JC Room ...
11/15/2017

TOMORROW:: NOV. 16 - "Voice of the Muslim Brotherhood" with lecturer Noha Mellor and respondent Nancy Youssef:: JC Room A, 12pm - sponsored by Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Department of Modern and Classical Languages at George Mason University, Global Affairs at George Mason University, Middle East and Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Global Programs @ George Mason University, and the Arab Studies Institute

IN 2 WEEKS:: NOV. 16, Lecture by Noha Mellor, "Voice of the Muslim Brotherhood" with Respondent Nancy Youssef:: JC Room ...
11/02/2017

IN 2 WEEKS:: NOV. 16, Lecture by Noha Mellor, "Voice of the Muslim Brotherhood" with Respondent Nancy Youssef:: JC Room A, 12pm - sponsored by Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Department of Modern and Classical Languages at George Mason University, Global Affairs at George Mason University, Middle East and Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Global Programs @ George Mason University, and Arab Studies Institute

TONIGHT:: 7:30 in Research Hall Room 163, Lecture with Dr. Joshua White, "Beyond 'Moderation': Islamic Politics and the ...
11/01/2017

TONIGHT:: 7:30 in Research Hall Room 163, Lecture with Dr. Joshua White, "Beyond 'Moderation': Islamic Politics and the Security State in Pakistan"

TOMORROW:: Book Review Colloquium on Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies:: 10am-5:30pm in the JC Gold Room - held as part...
10/11/2017

TOMORROW:: Book Review Colloquium on Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies:: 10am-5:30pm in the JC Gold Room - held as part of this year's Fall For The Book festival

NEXT WEEK:: Oct. 5 - Lecture by Prof. Peter Mandaville from the Schar School of Policy and Government on "Designating Mu...
09/28/2017

NEXT WEEK:: Oct. 5 - Lecture by Prof. Peter Mandaville from the Schar School of Policy and Government on "Designating Muslims: Islam in American Governmentality" - sponsored by Cultural Studies at GMU

IN FIVE WEEKS:: Nov. 2, Lecture with Syed Mohammad Ali from Department of Sociology and Anthropology @ George Mason Univ...
09/28/2017

IN FIVE WEEKS:: Nov. 2, Lecture with Syed Mohammad Ali from Department of Sociology and Anthropology @ George Mason University on "Approaching Effective Madrassa Reform in Pakistan" - sponsored by the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University

NEXT MONTH:: OCT. 13 at Fall For The Book:: "The Idea of the Muslim World", Book Talk with historian Cemil Aydin - spons...
09/22/2017

NEXT MONTH:: OCT. 13 at Fall For The Book:: "The Idea of the Muslim World", Book Talk with historian Cemil Aydin - sponsored by the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University

NEXT MONTH:: OCT. 12 at Fall For The Book:: Book Review Colloquium on Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, 10am-5:30pm, J...
09/20/2017

NEXT MONTH:: OCT. 12 at Fall For The Book:: Book Review Colloquium on Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, 10am-5:30pm, JC Gold Room:: sponsored by the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University - selected reviews will be posted on The Maydan

NEXT MONDAY:: Sept. 11 at GMU-Arlington Campus, Founders Hall Room 126 from 8am-5pm:: Conference, "What Kind of Islam Do...
09/07/2017

NEXT MONDAY:: Sept. 11 at GMU-Arlington Campus, Founders Hall Room 126 from 8am-5pm:: Conference, "What Kind of Islam Do We Want In America?" Sponsored by the New Arab Foundation, Arab Peace Corps, and the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution - S-CAR

TODAY at 6:00pm in The Hub Room 3:: "Launch Readiness: A Conversation with Aerospace Entrepreneur Mishaal Ashemimry":: s...
08/30/2017

TODAY at 6:00pm in The Hub Room 3:: "Launch Readiness: A Conversation with Aerospace Entrepreneur Mishaal Ashemimry":: sponsored by Middle East Institute

Check out the latest Media Roundup on The Maydan, the online publication of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic S...
08/30/2017
August 21-27 - Maydan

Check out the latest Media Roundup on The Maydan, the online publication of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University

CALL FOR PAPERS: Journal Special Issue on "Religion, Spirituality, and Aging" - Deadline for submission is JAN. 15 - mor...
07/13/2017
Call for Papers: Special Journal Issue on "Religion, Spirituality, and Aging"

CALL FOR PAPERS: Journal Special Issue on "Religion, Spirituality, and Aging" - Deadline for submission is JAN. 15 - more details here:

Research in fields like public health and social work has demonstrated that enhanced well-being as well as positive health and psychosocial outcomes are associated with different aspects of religious participation or spirituality. As adults become older, religion and spirituality could become more m...

Timeline Photos
05/12/2017

Timeline Photos

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:: Graduate Student Book Review Colloquium at Fall For The Book:: Application deadline is June 15
05/05/2017

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:: Graduate Student Book Review Colloquium at Fall For The Book:: Application deadline is June 15

05/04/2017
Call for Applications: Book Review Colloquium at Fall For The Book 2017

Call for Applications: Book Review Colloquium at Fall For The Book 2017

The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University invites applications from advanced graduate students for a Book Review Colloquium on Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies to be held on October 12, 2017 at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA in cooperation with the Virgi...

Join us tomorrow at noon for our final Visiting Scholar Brown Bag Lecture of the semester, with Elif Zeynep Yilmaz discu...
05/02/2017

Join us tomorrow at noon for our final Visiting Scholar Brown Bag Lecture of the semester, with Elif Zeynep Yilmaz discussing her research on "Religious Conversions: The Social, Economic, and Psychological Reasons, and the Services Provided for Converts in North America"

Join us today in Johnson Center Room E at 1:30pm for "When Mystic Masters Meet" with Syafaatun Almirzanah:
04/27/2017

Join us today in Johnson Center Room E at 1:30pm for "When Mystic Masters Meet" with Syafaatun Almirzanah:

Join us next Wednesday Apr. 26 at 12pm for our next Visiting Scholar Brown Bag Lecture with Sami Erdem discussing, "From...
04/21/2017

Join us next Wednesday Apr. 26 at 12pm for our next Visiting Scholar Brown Bag Lecture with Sami Erdem discussing, "From Fiqh Books to Legal Text: A Broad Assessment of the Mecelle"

TODAY at 5pm:
04/20/2017

TODAY at 5pm:

04/19/2017
THEEB - OFFICIAL U.S. Trailer

Join us tomorrow April 20 at 5pm in the JC Cinema for our showing of "Theeb", 2016 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film - sponsored with the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at George Mason University, Middle East and Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Film and Video Studies at Mason, Film and Media Studies at GMU, Global Affairs at George Mason University, and Global Programs @ George Mason University - Pizza will be served at 4:45pm

Tomorrow April 18 at 5:30pm, join Middle East and Islamic Studies at George Mason University for the MEIS Annual Lecture...
04/17/2017

Tomorrow April 18 at 5:30pm, join Middle East and Islamic Studies at George Mason University for the MEIS Annual Lecture with Robert Malley - sponsored with the Arab Studies Institute, Schar School of Policy and Government, Middle East Policy Group, Global Programs @ George Mason University, Global Affairs at George Mason University, Department of History & Art History at George Mason University, and the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University

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