What are Critical Muslim Studies (CMS)? How can CMS inform your academic journey including research and practice?

In a post-migration Europe, what can we learn from critical theories that find their origins outside of the eurocentric worldview? How can theories of emancipation be implemented to create safe spaces for self-critic and self-development for marginalized groups? Is it possible without betraying the origin of the tradition and belief? Without being instrumentalized in one’s own essentialization?

This talk will highlight how Hasnaa Mukhtar accidentally got introduced to CMS and how it positively influenced, shaped, and informed her doctoral research on gender-based violence in Muslim communities and advocacy for the intervention and prevention of the issue.

Hasnaa Mokhtar is the Postdoctoral Associate at Rutgers University’s Center for Women’s Global Leadership. She holds a Ph.D. from Clark University and her dissertation focused on narrative power and the invisible trauma of gendered violence in Kuwait. She is a scholar, researcher, and activist, with expertise on the Arabian Gulf, focusing on narratives of Muslim survivors of gender-based violence. Hasnaa’s writings have been published in mainstream media and in academic journals. Previously, Hasnaa served as the executive director of the Center for Nonviolent Solutions in Worcester, MA, and more recently as the special program director at Peaceful Families Project.

This event is in partnership with the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education and is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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