The program is a lecture intensive including dialogical space for students to raise issues and process their thoughts with the instructors and with each other.

 A photo from the 1980s of Muslim activists at the Janazah (funeral) of a Muslim that was killed by the police during the anti-apartheid struggle.



Below are several, though not all, of the guiding questions we will be engaging throughout the week

  • How do we understand the place of Muslims and Islam in a world dominated by the current “capitalist/patriarchal modern/colonial Westernized/Christianized World-System”?
  • What are other systems that have existed prior to or concurrently with modernity/coloniality which we should also consider? (i.e. indigenous systems of race, caste, gender or political oppression such as anti-blackness, Brahmanism, patriarchy, imperialist state formations, sectarianism, etc.)
  • What are Muslim feminist critical responses to the problems produced by the multiple oppressions of the dominant world-system?
  • How can experience from other resistances of the Global South and Two-Thirds world enrich Muslim quests for justice and autonomy?

Selection of Courses


Introduction to Critical Muslim Studies (Salman Sayyid)

Introduction to Decolonial Studies (Ramon Grosfoguel)

Muslim Cool – Race, Religion and Popular Culture (Su’ad Abdul Khabeer)

Towards a Decolonial Islamic Liberation Theology (Ashraf Kunnummal)

Islamic Feminisms and Gender Justice (Fatima Seedat, Sa’diyyah Shaikh)

Islam, Ibn Khaldun and Decolonizing Sociology (Syed Farid Alatas)

Islam in Africa and the Timbuktu Archives (Shahid Mathee)