Dr. Amyn Sajoo will deliver the 2011 Augustana Lecture on Oct 20, "Law, Faith and Ethics: Narratives of Public Islam" at the University of Alberta (Camrose campus).
Abstract: Public religion is as insistently vital a phenomenon of our age as secularism. For Muslims, the domain of everyday ethics provides a rich canvas for the interplay of public and private, faith and modernity – while providing a critique of utilitarian choices that ordinarily mark the workings of law in public life.
Dr. Sajoo will also give a lecture at the Edmonton campus on Oct 21, titled, "But how is his reason?': The Ethical Tradition in Islam"
Abstract: The dance of reason and tradition has found particular expression in Muslim ethics in the idea of maslaha -- the public good, understood as a rational way of going beyond the letter of the law in pursuit of "ultimate" objectives. Moral reasoning, then, becomes a critical facet of faith in action.
Congratulations Dr. Tamir Moustafa on being appointed a Visiting Fellow at the Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School, for the 2011-2012 academic year and on receiving a SSHRC grant for the 2012-2015 period for a project entitled "Islamic Law and Women's Rights in Egypt, Indonesia, and Pakistan".
Congratulations Dr. Luke Clossey for receiving a SSHRC Standard Research Grant and a Shastri Institute Faculty Training Fellowship. Dr. Clossey will spend most of 2011 doing research abroad, for a project on ideas of Jesus in Islam and in Christianity. He has already been to Bahrain and India and has plans to travel to East and South Africa.
Dr. Thomas Kuehn received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Small Research Grant and an SFU Single Event Publication Grant. He also served as guest editor for the Journal of Modern Hellenism (Winter 2010-2011) for a special issue entitled "Hellenism and Islam: Global and Historical Perspectives".
Dr. Ozlem Sensoy (Education) has received the 2010 Philip C. Chinn Award for her 2009 book Muslim Voices in School: Narratives of Identity and Pluralism. The book was co-edited with Dr. Christopher Stonebanks of Bishop’s University.