Harvard welcomes Carleton scholar

Associate Professor in Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication, Karim H. Karim will be spending his sabbatical year as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s Divinity School and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department.

Karim will continue his research on Muslims in the West, and will share his expertise with faculty through a variety of lectures.

“I will now extend this work to various cities in the U.S.A., with Cambridge, Massachusetts as my base,” says Karim. “This is an opportunity for me to pursue the American portion of my project on how Muslim intellectuals’ ideas for religious reform are being communicated to and received by Muslims in North America and Europe.”

The study of Islam in America is a fairly new academic pursuit at Harvard, says Karim. North American academics have traditionally studied Muslim societies in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. However, the events of the last three years have prompted a strong interest in Islam in the West. Muslims now form the second-largest religious group after Christians in most countries of North America and Europe, with more than six million in the United States and more than 600,000 in Canada. “I hope to contribute to the better understanding of the complex dynamics within and among contemporary Muslim communities in the West,” says Karim.

From – http://www.now.carleton.ca/2004-11/548.htm

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