Reading Muslims: Launch webinar on Jan 21

January 4, 2021

We’re very excited to share some updates from the Reading Muslims project, as we develop the project throughout the year ahead.

About Reading Muslims

Reading Muslims is an interdisciplinary conversation on the role of texts and textuality within Islamic studies. The project re-examines the methodological assumptions surrounding the history and use of texts across a wide range of disciplines including anthropology, Arabic literature, political science, and religious studies. By facilitating new research that foregrounds the politics around invoking Muslim texts, the Reading Muslims projects aims to elevate the academic treatment of Islam and Muslims and impact wider social discourse.

Reading Muslims contains four research “hubs” that inquire into various aspects of textuality within Islamic Studies:

  • Muslims as Readers
  • State Surveillance and Islamophobia
  • Reading Practices
  • Anthropology of Islam

The project is funded by the University of Toronto’s Connaught Global Challenge Grants Program.

Launch Webinar on Jan 21 

We’re starting out by launching the project with a webinar, “Reading Muslims: Re-examining the place of textuality in Islamic Studies”. 

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021 
Time: 12:30pm to 2:00pm EST
Location: Zoom webinar 


The webinar will feature research leads from the project’s network, who’ll discuss critical questions surrounding textuality and power, when it comes to Islamic texts and their use. 

  • Dr. Anver Emon — Director, Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto 
  • Dr. Ruba Kana’an — Assistant Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, University of Toronto Mississauga 
  • Dr. Nada Moumtaz — Assistant Professor, Religion & Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto 
  • Dr. Youcef Soufi — Research Fellow, Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto 

Stay tuned for more information on the launch of a dedicated website to Reading Muslims.