Events

The IIS hosts and participates in a variety of events related to the
study of Islam and Muslims.

This page contains a listing of upcoming and past events.

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Upcoming Events

MiCA Information Session / Session d’information AMC

MiCA Information Session / Session d’information AMC

Dec 8th, 2022

**La version française suit / The French version follows** We’re excited to announce that the Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) will co-host with C.O.R (Communication pour l’ouverture et le rapprochement interculturel) a community forum in Montreal on Thursday, December 8th, 2022 to introduce MiCA-Quebec to the Montreal Muslim communities. With opening remarks from MP Sameer […]

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Past Events

Storytelling is our Superpower: Celebrating Islamic History Month

Storytelling is our Superpower: Celebrating Islamic History Month

Oct 25th, 2022

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) is pleased to announce a national hybrid event in celebration of Canada’s Islamic History Month.  Stereotyping, racism and Islamophobia have long been persistent in Western constructs of Muslim identities. Discrimination against Muslim communities has gained momentum in online and offline spaces, leading to detrimental threats to the safety and […]

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Preserving & Sharing the Legacies of Muslims in Canada: Showcasing MiCA

Preserving & Sharing the Legacies of Muslims in Canada: Showcasing MiCA

Mar 31st, 2022

MiCA presents on our work from the past year as well as a look into where we are heading Date: March 31, 2022 Time: 6pm to 8pm EDT REGISTER Since the Muslims in Canada Archives’ inception in 2019, we have grown significantly from concept to full-fledged archives. We want to dedicate this time to present […]

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Visiting the London Muslim Community Through the Lens of CFPL-TV

Visiting the London Muslim Community Through the Lens of CFPL-TV

Feb 24th, 2022

MiCA hosts Sean Smith from the Archives of Ontario as he presents archival news footage of Muslims in London, Ontario from the mid-1900s. Date and time Thu, February 24, 2022 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EST Register About this event Join us as we look back in time to a period when the Canadian Muslim […]

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Global Displays of Islamic Art Today: Agency, Identity, and Politics

Global Displays of Islamic Art Today: Agency, Identity, and Politics

Feb 12th, 2022

Brief description: Virtual panel discussion on the new and complex ways in which museums and galleries of Islamic art use objects today to communicate broader ideas and narratives in various global contexts. Date: Saturday, February 12, 2022 Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (EST) REGISTER HERE **Please note that the event will not be recorded.** About […]

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Youth, Faith & Gentrification: Multimedia Exploration into Regent Park

Youth, Faith & Gentrification: Multimedia Exploration into Regent Park

Jan 19th, 2022

MiCA hosts a presentation about the redevelopment and lived experiences of Muslim youth in Toronto’s Regent Park. About this event Urban studies researchers across the world have been studying Regent Park’s billion-dollar redevelopment process and how the newly “revitalized” mixed-income neighborhood has affected long-time social housing residents, who are primarily Muslim immigrants (Brail and Kumar, […]

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Joint Book Talk: Nada Moumtaz & Junaid Quadri

Joint Book Talk: Nada Moumtaz & Junaid Quadri

Dec 2nd, 2021

At this joint book talk, we put two new and formidable books into conversation: God’s Property: Islam, Charity, and the Modern State (University of California Press, 2021), by Nada Moumtaz, and Transformations of Tradition: Islamic Law in Colonial Modernity (University of Oxford Press, 2021), by Junaid Quadri. Each of these works tells a story about the gradual, piece-meal shifts in Muslim […]

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The Making of a Visual Archives

The Making of a Visual Archives

Dec 8th, 2021

MiCA presents a storytelling and photography workshop with Alia Youssef. About this event Many of our most cherished memories come out of time spent with loved ones. With December breaks coming soon, and restrictions easing, opportunities to create more are just around the corner. Alia Youssef, a skilled portrait and documentary photographer, is hosting a […]

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Community Practice & Archives at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre

Community Practice & Archives at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre

Nov 9th, 2021

MiCA presents a talk about the development of community archives at the Shingwauk Residential School Centre. About this event The residential school system in Canada was created to forcefully assimilate Indigenous children into settler society. It was only recently that the last residential school closed in Canada, and the harm it has caused cannot be […]

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“Manitoba Muslims: A History of Resilience and Growth” Book Talk

“Manitoba Muslims: A History of Resilience and Growth” Book Talk

Oct 13th, 2021

MiCA hosts Ismael Mukhtar during Islamic Heritage Month as he discusses his new book “Manitoba Muslims: a History of Resilience and Growth”. About this event Muslim communities have existed in Manitoba for well over a century, constantly growing and changing. Despite this, these groups, along with their triumphs and struggles, have been largely excluded from […]

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A Community of Many Voices: Egypt Migrations & the Power of Oral Histories

A Community of Many Voices: Egypt Migrations & the Power of Oral Histories

Sep 18th, 2021

Part of the Community Collaboration Learning Series, this conversation explores the creation and use of oral histories. No human story exists in isolation. Lived experience is full of interconnections with a diverse population of individuals and with other communities beyond the ones we are part of. Through conversation between a community archivist and a community […]

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Muslims in Canada Archives & Tamil Archive Project: Archiving Silence

Muslims in Canada Archives & Tamil Archive Project: Archiving Silence

Aug 17th, 2021

Part of the Community Collaborations Learning Series, this discussion questions archival practice in silenced, underrepresented communities. Who is found in the Canadian archival records? Who is not? What is considered “history” has been created and written by those in power. Then what does it mean to archive the silenced, the underrepresented, and the “mundane”? What […]

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“Minarets on the Horizon: Muslim Pioneers in Canada” Book Talk

“Minarets on the Horizon: Muslim Pioneers in Canada” Book Talk

Jul 27th, 2021

The Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) will be hosting Murray Hogben on Zoom for a talk about his recently released book. ‘Minarets on the Horizon’ is a collection of stories about some of the earliest Muslim Canadians, and the Muslim community that has existed since. The talk will aim to cover topics such as the […]

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Design for a Nomadic World: The Future Heritage Lab

Design for a Nomadic World: The Future Heritage Lab

May 29th, 2021

Azra Aksamija explores how art, architecture, and design can address the needs of displaced people. Design for a Nomadic World: The Future Heritage Lab Azra Aksamija, Director of the MIT Future Heritage Lab and Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Program in Art, Culture and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, USA In this conversation, […]

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Senior Fellows Showcase – Islamic Art & Material Culture Collaborative

Senior Fellows Showcase – Islamic Art & Material Culture Collaborative

May 22nd, 2021

Islamic Art and Material Culture Collaborative (IAMCC) showcases project of Senior Fellows: Samantha Summers and Rebecca Tunney IAMCC Senior Fellows Showcase: Metalworks, Medieval Mosul, Minecraft, and Museums As part of its mandate to foster innovative and interdisciplinary research on Islamic art and material culture, the IAMCC’s Fellowship Program provides collaborative learning opportunities for student researcher […]

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Deconstructing the Code: Craft Collaborations in Morocco

Deconstructing the Code: Craft Collaborations in Morocco

Apr 24th, 2021

Sara Ouhaddou discusses working w/ female weavers in the Atlas Mountains, potters in Marrakesh, and young female embroiderers in Tetouan. In this conversation, Dr Mariam Rosser-Owen of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, will speak with the French-Moroccan artist, Sara Ouhaddou, about her past projects working with female weavers in the Atlas Mountains, with potters […]

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Under Layered Suspicion: A Review of CRA Audits of Muslim-led Charities

Under Layered Suspicion: A Review of CRA Audits of Muslim-led Charities

Apr 5th, 2021

Anver Emon, Nadia Hasan, Zeinab Farokhi In this discussion, hosted by Zeinab Farokhi, Professor Anver Emon and Dr. Nadia Hasan share findings on how biases in Canada’s anti-terrorism financing and anti-radicalization regimes disproportionately target Muslim-led charities, leading to the revocation of their charitable status. The full report can be found at: layeredsuspicion.ca The authors also discuss […]

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From Craft to Art: Egyptian Appliqué-work in Light of Local & Global Change

From Craft to Art: Egyptian Appliqué-work in Light of Local & Global Change

Mar 27th, 2021

In this conversation, Seif El Rashidi will discuss the over one thousand-year-old tradition of textile appliqué work (khayamiyya) in Egypt. This conversation explores the over one thousand-year-old tradition of textile appliqué work (khayamiyya) in Egypt, which continues to thrive in the ‘Street of the Tentmakers’ in the heart of historic Cairo’s bustling center. Seif El […]

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Improving our Data and Understanding of Muslims in Canada

Improving our Data and Understanding of Muslims in Canada

Mar 9th, 2022

This webinar shares how MiCDI’s inaugural project can help improve the data and understanding of Muslims in Canada. In the second webinar of a two-part series, researchers from the newly launched Muslims in Canada Data Initiative (MiCDI) share the opportunities and projects that can help improve our data and understanding of Muslims in Canada. In […]

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The State of Data on Muslims in Canada

The State of Data on Muslims in Canada

Mar 2nd, 2021

This webinar introduces audience to the Muslims In Canada Data Initiative, covers available data, and what it does and doesn’t tell us. The Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS) is pleased to launch the Muslims in Canada Data Initiative (MiCDI). MiCDI aims to improve the quality of data and understanding of Canadian Muslims to support better […]

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The Museum’s Role in Amplifying and Sustaining Craft and Making

The Museum’s Role in Amplifying and Sustaining Craft and Making

Feb 27th, 2021

Dr Leslee Michelsen, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design, Honolulu, HI, USA This conversation will focus on the ways in which museums have contributed to the development and promotion of the craft heritage sector through exhibitions, publications, and commissions, with a focus on projects undertaken by the […]

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Two Sides of the Same Coin: Difference Between Islamic Art and Craft? feat. Marcus Milwright

Two Sides of the Same Coin: Difference Between Islamic Art and Craft? feat. Marcus Milwright

Jan 30th, 2021

Professor Marcus Milwright discusses the distinctions made between Islamic art and craft. This conversation will focus on the ways in which the crafts of the Islamic world have been represented in scholarship and in contemporary art and museum practice. A particular issue in this respect is the imposition of a dichotomy, derived from Western European […]

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Book talk: The Literary Qur’an

Book talk: The Literary Qur’an

Feb 19th, 2021

Anver Emon, Hoda El Shakry, Haytham Bahoora The webinar will feature a discussion with Professor Hoda El Shakry on her book The Literary Qur’an, which integrates conversations between the hubs of Reading Practices and the Anthropology of Islam, as it contests the categories of “literary” and “religion” and “Islam” in the context of North African […]

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Reading Muslims Launch Webinar

Reading Muslims Launch Webinar

Jan 21st, 2021

Launch webinar for the Reading Muslims project; a re-examination of textuality in Islamic Studies. This webinar will launch the conversations that sit at the core of the Reading Muslims project, an inter- and multidisciplinary inquiry into the relationship between textuality and power surrounding Islamic texts. The webinar will bring together academics and scholars to discuss […]

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Contributing to the Muslims in Canada Archives

Contributing to the Muslims in Canada Archives

Jan 12th, 2021

Part 3 of the series: “Muslims in Canada Archives: The Power of Your Stories, Through Your Stuff” In the final webinar session for our series “Muslims in Canada Archives: The Power of Your Stories, Through Your Stuff,” Moska Rokay (Project Lead, Muslims in Canada Archives) will outline how you, the community, can be involved with […]

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Embroidery in the Age of Corona

Embroidery in the Age of Corona

Dec 19th, 2020

Documentation and Practice from Iraq, Jordan, Netherlands. Fatima Abbadi, embroiderer, photographer, Capelle aan den Ijssel, Netherlands. According to Fatima Abbadi, a photographer and practising embroiderer and collector of Jordanian and Palestinian embroidered dress, “So much can be said from a small piece of hand-embroidered cloth. With every stitch it can reveal many women’s hidden stories […]

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The Stories in Archives

The Stories in Archives

Dec 15th, 2020

Part 2 of the series: “Muslims in Canada Archives: The Power of Your Stories, Through Your Stuff” In the second part of our series “Muslims in Canada Archives: The Power of Your Stories, Through Your Stuff,” Moska Rokay (Project Lead, Muslims in Canada Archives) and Hassam Munir (MA student in History, University of Toronto) , […]

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The Value of Archives

The Value of Archives

Dec 8th, 2020

Part 1 of the series: “Muslims in Canada Archives: The Power of Your Stories, Through Your Stuff” This is the first of three webinars in a series titled “Muslims in Canada Archives: The Power of Your Stories, Through Your Stuff,” designed to introduce people to the Muslims in Canada (MiCA) project. This webinar will help […]

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Embroidery from Palestine: Disciplining the Past to Craft the Future

Embroidery from Palestine: Disciplining the Past to Craft the Future

Nov 28th, 2020

Embroidery from Palestine: Disciplining the Past to Craft the Future In this conversation Omar will talk about his experiences working to document and understand certain techniques of embroidery and rural textile traditions from Palestine. He will focus on the techniques themselves, the people he has worked with, and some of the ideas he has developed […]

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History of Islamic Legal Practice: Some Insights from 19th Century Egypt

History of Islamic Legal Practice: Some Insights from 19th Century Egypt

Nov 3rd, 2020

Khaled Fahmy, Professor of Arabic Studies at Cambridge University, will present on his book In Quest of Justice. In his award winning book, In Quest of Justice: Islamic Law and Forensic Medicine in Modern Egypt, Professor Khaled Fahmy (Cambridge University) will address the evolution of Islamic legal practices drawing upon his extensive archive of materials […]

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New from Old: Designs Inspired by the Mamluk Minbars of Cairo

New from Old: Designs Inspired by the Mamluk Minbars of Cairo

Oct 31st, 2020

Omniya Abdel Barr discusses the “Rescuing the Mamluk Minbars Project of Cairo” and its impact on contemporary Egyptian craft and design. In this conversation, Dr Omniya Abdel Barr of the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation (EHRF) will present the Rescuing the Mamluk Minbars of Cairo Project, which aims to support the Egyptian government to document, restore […]

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