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Subject: 	@GMU::Dr. Riem Spielhaus-Thursday 11/4 3pm::Dr. Robert 
Crews-Tuesday 11/9 3pm
Date: 	Wed, 03 Nov 2010 22:38:53 -0400
From: 	Golnesa Asheghali <[log in to unmask]>
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2010 FALL LECTURE SERIES
Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies
George Mason University

**The Emergence of a Muslim Community in Germany: Between Ascription and 
Self-Identification**
**Dr. Riem Spielhaus (University of Copenhagen)**
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*Thursday, November 4, 2010*
*3:00 pm*
*George Mason University*
*Mason Hall*
*Conference Room D3AB*
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*Refreshments Served*
*(flyer attached)*

While the German public imagines a homogenuous Muslim community, it 
consists of many different and competing voices. A shared sense of 
community among Muslims of different national, linguistic and political 
backgrounds is only slowly emerging. This development is marked by 
several nationwide media debates which have led Muslim journalists, 
intellectuals and public personalities to self-identify as such. This 
lecture will offer a closer look at how prominent individuals of Muslim 
background and Islamic communalists have drawn on their Muslim identity 
to raise/answer the urgent question: "Who can speak for Muslims?"

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*Riem Spielhaus* is a Research Fellow at the Centre for European Islamic 
Thought, University of Copenhagen. She obtained her MA and PhD in 
Islamic Studies from Humboldt University in Berlin. Her research focuses 
on the religious practice of Muslims and the institutionalization of 
Islam in Germany and Europe.  Her dissertation on the emergence of a 
Muslim community in Germany between ascription and self-identification 
was awarded the Augsburg Science Award for Intercultural Studies in 2010.
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*Cosmopolitanism & Religious Politics in Afghanistan*
**Dr. Robert Crews (Stanford University)**
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*Tuesday, November 9, 2010*
*3:00 pm*
*George Mason University*
*Mason Hall*
*Edwin Meese Room*
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*Refreshments Served*
*(flyer attached)*
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This lecture will situate the religious politics of Afghanistan in a 
global framework. Reflecting on the theme of cosmopolitanism, the talk 
will trace the expansive horizons of religious debate in Afghanistan 
from the late nineteenth century. It will explore the Taliban and other 
actors within this broader context and suggest alternative readings of 
the contemporary Afghan religious landscape.

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*Robert Crews*is associate professor of History and director of the 
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Stanford. He 
received his BA from UNC-Chapel Hill, an MA from Columbia, and PhD from 
Princeton. He is the author of /For Prophet and Tsar: Islam and Empire 
in Russia and Central Asia/and co-editor of /The Taliban and the Crisis 
of Afghanistan/. In 2009 he was named a Carnegie Scholar.
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Golnesa Asheghali
Program Coordinator
Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies
George Mason University
10517 Braddock Road, Suite 1700, MSN 1H3
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-993-5404   |   Fax: 703-993-5410
http://islamicstudiescenter.gmu.edu/