In his Own Voice: What Hatayi Tells us about Shah Ismail’s Religious Views

When: February 5, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Where: Hatcher Gallery, 913 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA

The topic of my talk is religious views of Shah Ismail, the founder of the Safavid Empire, as reflected in his poetry. I argue that in Shah Ismail’s poetic corpus, we are faced with a peculiar[…]

The lost gender egalitarian voice of the Qur’an

When: February 19, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

How can a book that-allegedly -openly advises husbands by saying, “Strike them” in cases of marital conflict have any possible gender- egalitarian interpretation? Does the Qur’an really reflect a misogynist ideology? What can the analytic,[…]

Religion, Ethics, and Climate Change

When: January 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: International Center, Room 303, International Center, 427 N Shaw Ln, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA

Pope Francis is a lonely voice in pushing for action on climate change; why are other religious leaders so slow to respond to this ethical challenge? In this talk, I begin with two ways that[…]