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September 2015

“Sectarianism in Islam and Muslim Communities,” NAAIMS Annual Conference

September 19 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Sectarian difference and conflict has been part of Islamic history from early times, beginning in a tangible, if not fully established, way during the First Civil War in the mid-1st/7th century. By the late 3rd/9th century, Islamic heresiographers began to document a wide variety of real or reified sectarian identities within the Islamic community. This sectarian history has always been tempered, however, by a well-established Islamic principle that allowed for a certain degree of theological and legal pluralism within the Muslim community, and the…

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October 2015

Smadar Lavie – “Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture”

October 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02912 United States
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Professor Smadar Lavie’s new book, Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture posits a model of state bureaucracy that operates by theological decree. In this system, the categories of religion, gender, and race become the ironclad rubric used to sort citizens into binaries: Jews versus Goyim, rich versus poor, Men versus Women, White versus Black. In so doing, the book explores the relationship between social protest movements in the State of Israel, violence in Gaza,…

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