CASIM inaugural 2022 Conference Schedule

CIBC Hall, McMaster University Student Centre, 3rd floor

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May 26-27, 2022

Day 1 (Thursday, May 26)

8:30-9 registration, coffee + pastries

9-9:15 opening comments

  • Youcef Soufi, CASIM Chair
  • Basit Kareem Iqbal, CASIM Events Officer

9:15-11 Session 1 x 2 panels

Panel A: Textual Genres and Polemic

Chair: Youcef Soufi (Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto)

  • Arafat Razzaque (Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto), “Hadith and the Embodiment of Piety at the Dawn of Islamic Ethics”
  • Massoud Vahedi (online) (Political Science, York University), “The Early Coffee Wars: Scholarly Debates Concerning the Permissibility of Coffee in the Islamic World”
  • Noah H. Taj (Religion & Public Life, Carleton University), “Ibn Kamāl’s Fatwa on Ibn ʿArabī: A Study and Translation”
  • Nadir Ansari (Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto), “The Delegitimizing Role of the Beginnings”

Panel B: Ethnography of Authority

Chair: Catherine Larouche (Anthropology, Université Laval)

  • Sara Hamed (Study of Religion, University of Toronto), “Alif, ‘Arif, Kalif: Canadian Islamic Organizations, Dawah, and the Paradox of Organizational Intimacy”
  • Arwa Hussain (Religions and Cultures, Concordia University), “Religious Teaching Aids for Children: A Case Study of Female Bohra Entrepreneurs”
  • Jean-Michel Landry (online) (Sociology/Anthropology, Carleton University), “Ijtihadic Questions”
  • Fachrizal Halim (St Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan), “Heretics or Equally Islamic: How the Ismaʿilis, ʿAlawis, and Druze define ‘Islamic’ Rituals and Practices”

11-11:15 coffee break

11:15-1 Session 2 x 2 panels

Panel A: Politicized Identities

Chair: Youcef Soufi (Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto)

  • Mehdi Rezania (online) (Music, University of Alberta), “Tarab and/or Toqyān: Music, Politics and [Western] Media in the Context of Contemporary Iranian Society”
  • Ehsan Kashfi (online) (Political Science, University of Alberta), “The Discursive and Commemorative Construction of Shia Identity in Post-revolutionary Iran”
  • Philippe Sannier (online) (Histoire, Université de Montréal), « Chute et disgrâce des Barmakides (803) : éléments de compréhension et pistes de réflexion »

Panel B: Islamophobic Contexts

Chair: Basit Kareem Iqbal (Anthropology, McMaster University)

  • Zeinab Diab (Institut d’études religieuses, Université de Montréal), “Bill 21 in a Conceptual Ecosystem of Otherness: Between Omnipresence and Absence(s)”
  • Mahdi Tourage (Religion, Social Justice and Peace Studies, King’s College, Western University), “Wounds as Volatile Sites of Meaning Production: Notes on the Wounded and Injured Canadian Soldiers Portrayed in the Museum London Exhibition”
  • Krista Riley (Equity, Accessibility, and Academic Programs, Vanier College) and Leila Bdeir (Humanities and Women and Gender Studies, Vanier College), “Participatory Action Research with Muslim Youth in Quebec”

1-2 Lunch (catered in CIBC Hall)

2-3:30 Roundtable on “Beginnings”

Chair: Jairan Gahan, CASIM Communications Officer

Panelists:

  • Elizabeth Alexandrin (Religion, University of Manitoba)
  • Colin Mitchell (History, Dalhousie University)
  • Armando Salvatore (Religious Studies, McGill University)
  • Jennifer Selby (Religious Studies, Memorial University)

3:30-3:45 Coffee break

3:45-5 CASIM General Assembly

Chair: Youcef Soufi, CASIM Chair

dinner (conference presenters)

 

 

Day 2 (Friday, May 27)

8:45-9:15 Coffee + pastries

9:15-11 Session 3 x 2 panels

Panel A: Producing Islam(s) in Canada Part I: State of the Field and Future Trends

Chair: Melanie Adrian (Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University)

Panelists:

  • Natasha Bakht (online) (Law, University of Ottawa)
  • Rehan Sayeed (Anthropology, McGill University)
  • Anver Emon (Law; Director, Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto)
  • Sahver Kuzucuoglu (online) (Anthropology, Wilfred Laurier University)
  • Jennifer Selby (Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University)

Respondents:

  • Armando Salvatore (Religious Studies, McGill University)
  • Youcef Soufi (Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto)

Panel B: Diasporic and Transnational Relations

Chair: Jairan Gahan (History, University of Alberta)

  • Youssef Benzouine (online) (Political Science, Université de Montréal), « Les masculinités des hommes musulmans issus de la diaspora au Québec »
  • Zohreh Bayat Rizi (Sociology, University of Alberta), Rezvaneh Erfani (Sociology, University of Alberta), and Samira Torabi (Anthropology, University of Alberta), “Grieving in a Liminal Space: Examining the Impact of Emotional and Spatial In-between-ness on the Grieving Iranian Diaspora in the Aftermath of the Downing of Flight PS752”
  • Sharifa Patel (Canadian Studies, Mount Allison University), “Reimagining Kinship”
  • Hamid Akbary (Sociology, University of Calgary) and Dr. Abdie Kazemipur (Sociology, University of Calgary), “Muslim Men and the Liberal Gender Norms: The Inadequacy of Jurisprudential Debates and the Relevance of Social Experiences”

11-11:15 Coffee break

11:15-1 Session 4 x 2 panels

Panel A: Producing Islams in Canada Part II: Positionality and Research Methods

Chair: Amélie Barras (Social Science, York University)

Panelists:

  • Roshan Arah Jahangeer (Political Science, York University)
  • Rachel Brown (online) (Anthropology, University of Victoria)
  • Mehmet Ali Basak (online) (Classics/Religious Studies, University of Ottawa)
  • Sara Hamed (Religious Studies, University of Toronto)

Respondents:

  • Basit Kareem Iqbal (Anthropology, McMaster University)
  • Catherine Larouche (Anthropology, Université Laval)

Panel B: Committed but not Pious? Emerging Gendered Ways of Being a “Good Muslim”

Chair: Jairan Gahan (History, University of Alberta)

  • Joseph Hill (online) (Anthropology, University of Alberta), “The Pious Sufi Gangster Rapper”
  • Samira Torabi (online) (Anthropology, University of Alberta), “It’s Illegal But It’s Halal”
  • Hande Gür (online) (Anthropology, University of Alberta), “‘Pious’ but Not ‘Religious’”
  • Nazia Binte Mahmud (online) (Anthropology, University of Alberta), “Faithful Stories: Delineating Mazar Culture in Bangladesh”

1-2:15 Lunch (catered in CIBC Hall)

2:15-4 Session 5 x 2 panels

Panel A: Book Talk on Leaving Iberia: Islamic Law and Christian Conquest in North West Africa

Chair: Jairan Gahan (History, University of Alberta)

  • Jocelyn Hendrickson (History, University of Alberta) with Anver Emon (Law; Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto)

Panel B: Theory/Analysis/Institutions

Chair: Catherine Larouche (Anthropology, Université Laval)

  • M. Shobhana Xavier (Religion, Queen’s University), “Between Islamic Mysticism and Popular Spirituality: Mapping the Beginnings of Sufism in Canada”
  • Armando Salvatore (Religious Studies, McGill University) and Kieko Obuse (Kobe City University of Foreign Studies; Religious Studies, McGill University), “Ambivalent Beginnings in Canadian Islamic Studies: Wilfred Cantwell Smith and Toshihiko Izutsu at McGill”
  • Emily Hanlon (online) (Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa), “Sufism, Sufi-Adjacent, or Something Else? Gurdjieff’s Legacy in Canada”
  • Mohannad Abusarah (Study of Religion, University of Toronto), “New Beginnings in New Formations: A Theoretical Framework to Beginnings”

4-4:30 Closing discussion