American and Muslim Worlds: Ca. 1500-1900
University of Pennsylvania
30 March – 1 April 2017
Long before the age of twentieth-century geopolitics, the American and Muslim worlds informed, interacted, perplexed, inspired, confounded, and imagined each other in ways far more numerous than is frequently thought. Whether through the sale of American commodities in Central Asia, Ottoman consuls in Washington, orientalist themes in American fiction, the uprisings of enslaved Muslims in Brazil, or the travels of American missionaries to the Middle East there was no shortage of opportunities for Muslims and the inhabitants of the Americas to meet, interact, and shape one another from an early period.
The opening keynote will be delivered by Denise Spellberg, author of "Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders". The program will close with a keynote by Sylviane Diouf, award-winning historian of the African diaspora, and author of "Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas."
The conference is free and open to the public but registration is required.
Conference papers will be circulated to all registered attendees prior to the conference and will only be briefly summarized by the presenters.
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