Muslim Studies Program’s 16th Annual Conference, “Measuring Muslim Publics”

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Join us at the Muslim Studies Program’s 16th Annual Conference on February 23, 2023!

The conference will be held in room 303 of the International Center. If you cannot make it in person, you can join online by registering here:

Listed below is the schedule for the conference.

8:00-8:15am Eastern Standard Time (EST)  


8:15am-9:45am EST   

Panel 1: Investigating Gender  

Moderator: Nazita Lajevardi

Shirin Zubair, “Embodied Performativity and Women’s Emergence in the Public Sphere in Pakistan”  

Shabana Mir, “Muslim Women Organizers: Making Change within and without”    

Lina Saud, “Of Veiled Women and Rich Arab Businessmen: Capturing the Different Subtypes of Muslims in the American Imagination”  

Afis Ayinde Oladosu and Habibat Oladosu-Uthman, “Private “Curves” versus Public “Columns”: Constructing the Muslim Publics in West Africa”

10:00am-11:15am EST   

Panel 2: Investigating Religion  

Moderator: Ani Sarkissian

Leena Ghannam, “Wrinkling Urban Fabric: Topology of two Takiyas in 18th-century Ottoman Cairo”  

Marwa Shalaby, “How Opposition Movements Use Legislative Powers in Authoritarian Regimes: Evidence from Islamist Groups in the Arab World”  

Geon Hassan, “The Impact of Threat Perception among Egyptians on the Disillusionment with Democracy after the Arab Spring” 

11:15am-12:10pm EST   


12:10pm-1:00pm EST   

Keynote by Amaney Jamal (Princeton University)

1:15pm-2:45pm EST   

Panel 3: Investigating Media

      Moderator: Emine Evered

Omair Anas, “The “Muslim International” in the Ottoman-era Sebilurresad/Siratalmustakim” 

Newzaira Khan, “Muslim Crisis: A comparative case study between the Rohingya and Uyghurs.”  

Helen Murphey, “Populism after the Arab Uprisings: Who Represents the ‘People’?”  

Ayman Mohammad, Amr Madiand Camelia Suleiman, “Covid 19 in the Middle East: A Social Media Analysis” 

3:00pm-4:30pm EST   

Panel 4: Investigating Theory 

Kiran Phull, “Knowledge that Counts: On Polling and the Reclamation of Public Opinion in the Middle East” 

Russell Lucas and Justin Gengler, “Survey Research in the Arab Gulf States: Between Technology Transfer and Cultural Imperialism”  

4:45pm-5:45pm EST   

Keynote by Mark Tessler (University of Michigan)

We hope to see you there!