Through the 1970s, the Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) was the only Muslim organization in the United States that boasted a national reach, with campus chapters in every geographic region. Embracing a revivalist and activist program, MSA members created Muslim spaces on campus, as well as mosques, schools, financial trusts and nonprofit organizations off-campus, in order to reinvigorate religious practice among American Muslims and to improve the public image of Islam.
Justine Howe, assistant professor of religious studies, will explore how the MSA shaped U.S. religious politics as its members navigated the challenges and opportunities of Cold War America in a lecture titled “American Muslim Students during the Cold War.” The event will take place Tuesday, March 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in Clark Hall, Room 206.
An informal lunch will be served. The event will be free and open to the public.
Register through the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities website.