How did Islam begin, and where is it going?
Scholar Sarah Eltantawi reveals the past religious and political conditions that led to the current state of the world’s second largest religion. Learn about the rise of Islam in Arabia and the codification the Qur’an and Hadith (sayings of the Prophet Mohammed), which were the foundation for the development of Islamic law. Explore Islamic art and architecture, and learn about sufism—the mystical tradition in Islam—and its poetry.
How has this history influenced contemporary Islam, including political Islam? The talk then focuses on the content and context of the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, including their goals and tactics, and traces how the Brotherhood have influenced political Islam in the region.
Sarah Eltantawi is a professor of Comparative Religion at the Evergreen State College in Olympia and a scholar of Islam. Her forthcoming book Shari’ah on Trial: Northern Nigeria’s Islamic Revolution, examines why Northern Nigerians took to the streets starting in 1999 to demand the reimplementation of Islamic law. She is currently at work on a new book on the political theology of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Eltantawi has been published in the New York Times, Reuters, Newsweek and more, and regularly appears in national and international media. She hosts the radio show Contemporary Islam Considered for Marginalia Review of Books, a channel of the Los Angeles Times Review of Books. Eltantawi earned her PhD in the Study of Religion in 2012 from Harvard University.
Eltantawi lives in Olympia.
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