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islam in the american public sphere
This seminar explores the American Muslim experience and how “Islam” as a concept is being imagined, constructed, and deployed in the American public sphere.








asma afsaruddin photoAsma Afsaruddin; Near Eastern Languages & Cultures; School of Global and International Studies; Bloomington; aafsarud@indiana.edu





photo abdulkader sinnoAbdulkader Sinno; Political Science and Near Eastern Languages & Cultures; College of Arts and Sciences; Bloomington; asinno@indiana.edu





Seminar Events:



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CHRISTOPHER BAIL

Sociology; Duke University



April 11th 2017 from 5:30pm-7pm

Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations became Mainstream

IU Bloomington; GA Building Auditorium 0001

In this talk Bail traces how the anti-Muslim narrative of the political fringe has captivated large segments of the American media, government, and general public, validating the views of extremists who argue that the United States is at war with Islam and marginalizing mainstream Muslim-Americans who are uniquely positioned to discredit such claims. Drawing on cultural sociology, social network theory, and social psychology, he shows how anti-Muslim organizations gained visibility in the public sphere, commandeered a sense of legitimacy, and redefined the contours of contemporary debate, shifting it ever outward toward the fringe. Bail illustrates this theoretical argument through a big-data analysis of more than one hundred organizations struggling to shape public discourse about Islam, tracing their impact on hundreds of thousands of newspaper articles, television transcripts, legislative debates, and social media messages produced since the September 11 attacks. The research also draws upon in-depth interviews with the leaders of these organizations, providing a rare look at how anti-Muslim organizations entered the American mainstream.

To learn more about Christopher, click here.






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EDWARD CURTIS

Religious Studies; IUPUI



Wednesday March 8th 5:30pm

Muslim Americans in the U.S. Military

IU Bloomington; Indiana Memorial Union in the Oak Room

Also hosted by IU Veterans Support Services

A lecture by Professor Edward E. Curtis drawing from his book Muslim Americans in the Military: Centuries of Service (Indiana University Press, 2016) in which he illuminates the long history of Muslim service members who have defended their country from the War of 1812 to recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

To learn more about Edward Curtis, click here.