Mapping Jihad and Martyrdom: Contested Semantics and Narratives of Dissent

Asma Afsaruddin

First Speaker in the Series is Dr. Asma Afsaruddin, Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Thursday, February 18,  2010, at 5.00 pm
A light reception will precede the  lecture
Venue: Mason Hall, Conference Room D3AB
George Mason University

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Asma Afsaruddin is Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of  Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington.   She received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the Johns Hopkins University  in 1993 and previously taught at Harvard and Notre Dame universities. She is the  author and/or editor of four books, including The First Muslims: History and  Memory (Oxford: OneWorld Publications 2008) and Excellence and Precedence:  Medieval Islamic Discourse on Legitimate Leadership (Leiden: E.J. Brill,  2002).

She has also written over fifty  research articles, book chapters,  and encyclopedia entries on various aspects of Islamic thought.  She  lectures widely in the US, Europe, and the Middle East and frequently consults  with governmental and non-governmental organizations on contemporary issues in Islam.

Professor Afsaruddin has served on the editorial boards of  the Oxford Encyclopedia of Modern Islam; the Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Medieval Islamic Civilization,and  the Oxford Dictionary of Islam, and is
currently co-editor of the Islam section  of Religion Compass, published by Blackwell Publications.  She has also  been a fellow of the American Research Center in Cairo and of the American  Research Institute of Turkey.  Currently, she is the chair of the Board of  Directors of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), and serves on the  advisory board of Karamah and of the Muslim World Initiative of the United  States Institute of Peace. A recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation, Afsaruddin is currently completing a manuscript on  jihad and martyrdom in Islamic thought and practice, forthcoming from Oxford  University Press.