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Symposium: Black Muslim Atlantic

January 30, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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This symposium was envisioned and organized with Imam Abdul Hafeez Waheed to honor the Black Muslim community in North Carolina and beyond, its culture, literature, history, and legacy from slavery until the present. Black Muslim Atlantic pays tribute to the work and writings of Omar ibn Sayyid through a pioneering project by Professors Carl Ernst and Mbaye Lo to translate his writings and create a digital archive. The symposium showcases the work of these professors and their students from their course “Arabic and the Writings of Enslaved Muslims.” The term Black Muslim Atlantic was coined by Margari Aziza, the co-founder and program director of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, as “an endeavor of transnationalism through literature, intellectual exchange, visual and performance art.” This work expands Paul Gilroy’s understanding of the Black Atlantic toward acknowledging the powerful role played by Islam in forging cultural and political solidarities across the global south.


Thursday, January 30 – Sylviane Diouf Keynote at 6pm
Friday, January 31 – Conference from 9am – 4pm

For more information, please contact Julie Maxwell,


Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, African and African American Studies (AAAS), Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES), Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute (DHRC@FHI), Forum for Scholars and Publics, and Religious Studies.


Thursday, January 30 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Sylviane Diouf Keynote

Friday, January 31 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Symposium

The Rubenstein Arts Center

Duke University


January 30, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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