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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Calenders and Festivals: Identity, Culture, and Experience Public Lecture

15th May 2013, 18:15 to 19:15, ER 201, Elvet Riverside Building, Professor Madawi al-Rasheed (King’s College, London)

Title - ‘Islamic Journeys: Contested Pilgrimage in Contemporary Islam’


Prof. Madawi al-Rasheed is Professor of Anthropology of Religion at King's College London. She has published widely on history, society and politics in Saudi Arabia, on transnationalism in the Gulf region and on the Iraqi community in London. Her new monograph deals with gender and the transformations of religious discourse in Saudi Arabia and is published this month by Cambridge University Press: A Most Masculine State: Gender, Politics and Religion in Saudi Arabia.

In her lecture, Prof. al-Rasheed examines the Muslim annual pilgrimage through the lens of the literature on personal and collective ritual, contextualising it in history and contemporary political and economic contexts. She explores how colonial and regional power struggles have always unfolded in sacred space.

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