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Washington University professor to discuss Islam


Washington University professor John Bowen will be on campus to present “Blaming Islam” on Monday, April 16, 7:30 p.m. in Kirby Learning Center, Room 6.

Bowen’s ethnographic studies have taken place in Indonesia, France and England. He also works with students and colleagues at field sites across Asia, the Middle East and Africa. In particular, he analyzes how Muslims (judges, scholars, public figures and ordinary people) work across plural sources of norms and values. This includes diverse interpretations of the Islamic tradition, law codes and decisions, and local social norms.

Bowen is the Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in arts and sciences and professor in anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. He studied at Stanford and Chicago, and has held visiting positions in Paris and London. He is the author of Islam, Law and Equality in Indonesia: An Anthropology of Public Reasoning, Why the French Don’t Like Headscarves and Can Islam be French?

This presentation, which is being sponsored by The West Central Illinois Council on World Affairs, is free and open to the public.


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