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1 August - Public Lecture: "The Role of Ibadi Islam in Omani History" with Dr. Valerie Hoffman

Thursday, August 1, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Public Lecture
"The Role of Ibadi Islam in Omani History"
Thursday, 1 August
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Dr. Valerie Hoffman
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The mihrab from mosque of Imam Salt bin Malik in Nizwa
[Photo by Ahmed al-Shukaili]
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat
Oman is the only country in the world where the majority of Muslims are neither Sunni nor Shi'ite but are Ibadis, members of a small but early school of Islam. This lecture will outline Ibadi beliefs and practices and the role Ibadism has played in Omani culture and history.
Dr. Valerie Hoffman is a professor of Islamic studies and head of the Department of Religion at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of The Essentials of Ibadi Islam (Syracuse University Press, 2012), as well as numerous articles published in journals, books and encyclopedias, and is the editor of Making the New Middle East: Politics, Culture, and Human Rights (Syracuse University Press, 2019). She was a Fulbright research fellow in Egypt (1987-1988) and in Oman and Yemen (2000-2001) and was a Carnegie scholar in Oman in 2009-2010. She served on the Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Middle East Studies and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. Her current book project is Islamic Sectarianism Reconsidered: Ibāḍī Islam in the Modern Age.
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