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Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies CCMS Annual Lecture Series 2018-2019Modern politics is profoundly implicated with race. Yet there is little attention paid to how racism is understood, practiced or contested within Islamic thought and practice. What role does racism play in contemporary Islamic thought? How have Islamic thinkers conceptualized race, and addressed racialized politics? What role does race play in predominantly Muslim polities today? Building on oral histories collected from refugees and migrants from the Tribal Areas within Pakistan, and a critical engagement with the thought of two influential Islamic thinkers, the paper will argue that contemporary racism forces a reassessment of fundamental assumptions about modernity and democratic politics. Islamic thought and practice offer some creative, if complicated, opportunities for that reassessment.Dr Humeira Iqtidar joined King's College, London in 2011. She has studied at the University of Cambridge (UK), McGill University (Canada) and Quaid-e-Azam University (Pakistan). Before joining King's, Humeira was based at the University of Cambridge as a fellow of King’s College and the Centre of South Asian Studies. She is a co-convenor of the London Comparative Political Theory Workshop.
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