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New Jersey Teacher Training Workshops 2014-15

Islam in the West 

Saturday, May 2, 2015
8:00 am to 5:30pm

This excellent one-day educational workshop was geared to secondary school teachers and community college faculty from the greater Princeton area

Sponsored by the Program in Near Eastern Studies
at Princeton University and
Madeline and W. W. Keen Butcher History Institute
at the Foreign Policy Research Institute

Princeton University, Frist Campus Center, Multi-Purpose Room



9:00 am
Islam and the West through the Ages: A Primer

Cyrus Schayegh
Associate Profssor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
Director, Program in  Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

  • This talk outlined how Muslims encountered Europe from the 7th century onwards. One focus dealt with early encounters in Spain. A second theme was Muslim-European/Christian encounters in the Mediterranean world from the Middle Ages to the early modern period. A last focus was on the modern period, the 19th and 20th century, where both intellectual and social contacts multiplied.

    Islam vs. Islamism

    Samuel Helfont
    Fellow · Program on the Middle East
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

    This lecture discussed the problematic nature of the terms Islam and Islamism. It gave a brief history of the rise of Islamism in the 20th century as a modern political ideology; compared and contrasted Islamism with the broader Islamic tradition; and discussed the repercussions the debates over these terms have for Western policies and for Muslims living in Western societies.


    Islam and Western Europe 
    M’hamed Oualdi
    Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

    Islam's encounter with the Western Europe is a historical process that did not start with the 19th century colonization of North Africa. This talk, therefore, stressed long-standing interactions between Europeans and Muslims. It will as well raise the issue of secularism and Islam building on the French example.

    Islam in the United States

    Amaney Jamal
    Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics, Princeton University

    The horrific Chapel Hill incident demonstrated the ongoing and heightened predicament US Muslims face. While the US has a much better record on Muslim incorporation than Europe, there still remain significant challenges. This presentation looked at both the challenges and opportunities that have arisen in the post 9-11 environment for Muslims and Islam in America.

    Western Muslims in ISIS

    Cole Bunzel
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

    This talk surveyed the Western foreign fighter phenomenon in ISIS. It featured research on the recruitment and motivations of foreign fighters and presented interviews showing their testimony.