Islam, the West, and the Quest for Understanding


Islam, the West, and the Quest for Understanding, featuring Anouar Majid

Wednesday, November 6, 2019  •  4:35pm  •  West Hall, Room 135  •  ASU Tempe Campus

It is often assumed, by both sides of the divide, that the West and Islam rest on radically different cultural foundations and that the two are destined to be at odds forever. But what happens if we are willing to accept that our rock-solid identities and beliefs are not acts of nature, but the residual artifacts of poorly understood events over time? Join us as Anouar Majid (University of New England) explores this question by looking at early relations between Islam and Christian Europe, encouraging a rigorous rethinking of Muslim and Western identities and a critical approach to our own cultural assumptions.

Anouar Majid is Professor of English at the University of New England. He is also the Vice President for Global Affairs, the founding director of the Center for Global Humanities (Maine, USA) and the Tangier Global Forum (Morocco), and the founding chair of the Department of English, which he headed from 2000 to 2009.

He conceived and established UNE's campus in Tangier and is the managing director of UNE's operations in Morocco. Majid has published widely on relations between Islam and the West. He is the author of Islam and America: Building a Future Without Prejudice (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012; paperback edition, with new preface, 2015); We Are All Moors: Ending Centuries of Crusades Against Muslims and Other Minorities (University of Minnesota Press, 2009); A Call for Heresy: Why Dissent is Vital to Islam and America (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), Freedom and Orthodoxy: Islam and Difference in the Post-Andalusian Age (Stanford University Press, 2004), Unveiling Traditions: Postcolonial Islam in a Polycentric World (Duke University Press, 2000), and the novel Si Yussef (Quartet, 1992; Interlink, 2005).

Majid published articles in Cultural CritiqueSignsChronicle of Higher EducationWashington Post, and other publications. His life and work were featured on Al Jazeera television and the Bill Moyers Journal. He was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the print magazine Tingis, a Moroccan-American magazine of ideas and culture, which he edits online at

Note: This event will be the keynote lecture for the 2019 Peace Studies Conference, "Peace with the Other"

Free and open to the public, but RSVPs are kindly requested



Wednesday, November 6, 2019 • 4:35pm • West Hall, Room 135 • ASU Tempe Campus