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2009.03.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Islamic Studies Hosts 'Heart Intelligence' Lecture

Omaha - The Islamic Studies Program Lecture Series at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will welcome Dr. M. Ibrahim Farajajé at 7 p.m. Monday, April 13, at Roskens Hall, Room 010C. Dr. Farajajé will present “Rumi and the Intelligence of the Heart.”

Dr. Farajajé graduated from the University of Bern, Switzerland. He is senior vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of Islamic Studies and Cultural Studies at the Starr King School for the Ministry; and a member school of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkley, Calif. He also serves as senior research analyst for the GTU’s Center for Islamic Studies, as well as a member of the GTU’s Core Doctoral Faculty in the area of Cultural and Historical Studies of Religions.

His areas of scholarly focus are Shi’a studies; Islam in Africa and the African Diaspora; intersectionality; post-colonial/decolonial/transmodern theory; Islamic cultural studies and critical theory; Islamic feminisms; Andalusian studies; Bosniak Islam; Alevi studies; Southeast Asian Urban Sufism; history of Sufism in Turkey; history of Islam in India; Hindu-Muslim relations; Islam in Southeast Asia histories of Mizrahim, Sefardim, and other Jewish communities; Jewish and Islamic mysticism; ritual music; Islamic environmental studies; bodies and performances of embodiment/genders/sexualities/identities through ritual, constructions of ritual space, environmental politics and aesthetics within these religious contexts; politics of identity; global HIV/AIDS; video-technologies (co-directed with David Dezern the film, “Oceans of Mercy: African American Sufi Muslims in the San Francisco Bay Area”; popular culture and Islam; notions of the “border” and of fluidities.

His approach to the study of Islam is grounded in postcolonial/transglobal diaspora studies, cultural studies, critical theory and video technologies. He currently lives transglobally in Berkeley, Turkey and Southeast Asia.

For more information, call Bridget Blomfield at (402) 554-2940.

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UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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