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The Sixth Annual CIR Conference at Yale
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Hermeneutics and the Future of Islam in America

Conference Location:
Linsly-Chittenden Hall (LC), Yale University
61 High Street, New Haven, CT
(Driving directions available here. Note that University parking lots
are free on Saturday! Click here for locations)

Online registrations are now closed!
You can check-in at the conference

(click here to download the flier)

Yale University’s Critical Islamic Reflections group consists of a cross-section of graduate and undergraduate students organized to pursue critical academic scholarship on topics regarding Islam and Muslim society...[more about CIR]

The theme of this year's conference is Islamic hermeneutics. One of the most pressing questions facing Muslims today is the interpretive direction that Muslim communities and societies choose to adopt in the 21st century. The future is often presented as a struggle between competing hermeneutical approaches to foundational texts and praxis labeled ‘traditional,’ ‘Salafi,’ ‘progressive,’ ‘Sufi,’ ‘indigenous,’ and so on. Debate over the merits of each approach takes place in public forums, from the popular press and academic publications to blogs and list-serves and carries on in cafés, mosques, classrooms, and living-rooms. This year's CIR conference aims a careful consideration of the terminology, assumptions and methodologies that underlie the prevailing approaches to Islam in America.

For questions or concerns about the conference, please contact us through email at yaleCIR@gmail.com



Last updated: April 13, 2007.