18 episodes

The Majlis is a podcast by Muslim Societies Global Perspectives (MSGP) at Queen's University. Majlis is the Arabic word for an assembly, a gathering of people sitting together and it was used for the sessions of learned scholars, philosophers, brought together to discuss and debate. Our podcast intends to accomplish the same purpose of bringing together experts and scholars for discussion and conversation about the politics, histories, cultures of the Middle East, Islamic World and Muslim diasporas.

The Majlis The Majlis

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The Majlis is a podcast by Muslim Societies Global Perspectives (MSGP) at Queen's University. Majlis is the Arabic word for an assembly, a gathering of people sitting together and it was used for the sessions of learned scholars, philosophers, brought together to discuss and debate. Our podcast intends to accomplish the same purpose of bringing together experts and scholars for discussion and conversation about the politics, histories, cultures of the Middle East, Islamic World and Muslim diasporas.

    Ep 17: Mysticism and Music: Baul Sufi Spirituality and the Commercial Culture Industry in Bangladesh with Golam Rabbani

    Ep 17: Mysticism and Music: Baul Sufi Spirituality and the Commercial Culture Industry in Bangladesh with Golam Rabbani

    Dr. Adnan Husain discusses the fascinating dissertation research of Golam Rabbani, a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen's University. Golam sketches the unique spiritual practices of the Baul, a syncretic Sufi Muslim orientation in rural Bengal, that employ musical training and performance in an integrated mysticism and pious devotional program. These amazing traditions are being transformed in contemporary Bangladesh, especially under the global regimes of the capitalist music industry.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep 16: What now for Afghanistan?: The Cost and Crimes of US Imperial War w/Dr. Ariel Salzmann

    Ep 16: What now for Afghanistan?: The Cost and Crimes of US Imperial War w/Dr. Ariel Salzmann

    Host Adnan Husain speaks with his colleague Dr. Ariel Salzmann (Department of History, Queen’s University) about the US defeat and withdrawal from Afghanistan in historical context since the 1970’s, the implications for Afghanistan’s future under the Taliban in a regional framework, and the costs, crimes and consequences of the GWOT for the last 20 years since 9/11 and the Bush administration’s invasion of Afghanistan. 
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    • 47 min
    Ep 15: Muslim Pioneers in Canada: Murray Hogben and an Islamic Tapestry of Canada

    Ep 15: Muslim Pioneers in Canada: Murray Hogben and an Islamic Tapestry of Canada

    Dr. Adnan Husain sits down with author, journalist, and community leader Murray Hogben to discuss his exciting new book Minarets on the Horizon: Muslim Pioneers in Canada. For the first time ever, Hogben has compiled the stories and oral histories of some of the earliest Muslims in Canada. The pioneering work takes a journey across Canada and paints a portrait of stories seldom told and rarely presented in such a holistic perspective. This is especially timely given the growth of Islamophobia in Canada – Hogben’s work demonstrates decisively that there has been a lively Muslim community all over the country for many decades. This represents the first invaluable contribution to the growing study of Muslims and Islam in Canada.

    Get your copy of Minarets from the publisher Mawenzi House (link below) or call your local bookstore and request a copy!

    https://www.mawenzihouse.com/product/minarets-on-the-horizon/

    Find MSGP on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MSGPQU  and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MSGPQU Support us here: https://www.queensu.ca/msgp/ Follow our host Dr. Adnan Husain on Twitter: https://twitter.com/adnanahusain

    • 51 min
    Ep 14: Violent Islamophobia is systemic in Canadian settler colonial state and society

    Ep 14: Violent Islamophobia is systemic in Canadian settler colonial state and society

    Dr. Adnan Husain -Director of MSGP- is joined by co host Amel Bensalim, a Libyan-Canadian SSHRC-funded Master's student at Queen's University and Member of MSGP. Dr. Husain and Amel welcomed two guests: Azeezah Kanji, a legal academic and writer, whose has appeared in the Al Jazeera English, Haaretz, Toronto Star, TruthOut, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, OpenDemocracy, Roar Magazine, iPolitics, Policy Options, Rabble, and various academic anthologies and journals. And Dr. Yasmine Djerbal, a recent PhD graduate from Queen's University whose work revolves around Islamophobia and the French and Canadian states. Her research investigates how radicalization & terrorist narratives are used to erode citizenship rights of Muslims in Canada and France. Specifically, she looks at how the two countries oversee, read, and manage Muslims in relation to secularism and 'war on terror' legislation. 

    In this episode, the panelists addressed the implications and impact of the horrific murder of four members of the Afzaal family in London, Ontario, which was motivated by white supremacy and hate. Three generations of a Muslim Canadian family killed, leaving a 9-year-old child orphaned. The motive was horrific: Nathaniel Veltman, the pickup driver who mowed into them targeted them because of their faith.  Thus far, Federal and provincial Crown attorneys have laid terror charges against Veltman while Police allege the incident was a planned and premeditated attack targeting Muslims However, Canadian Society continues to address the tragic killing of the Afzaal family as an "isolated incident"; yet Canada simultaneously faces virulent anti-Muslim hate and a brand of exceptionalism that promotes apathy and even denial towards the very existence of islamophobia in the country.

      Find MSGP on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MSGPQU  and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MSGPQU Support us here: https://www.queensu.ca/msgp/ Follow our host Dr. Adnan Husain on Twitter: https://twitter.com/adnanahusain

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep 13: “Places of Mind:” The life, times, and literary mind of Edward Said

    Ep 13: “Places of Mind:” The life, times, and literary mind of Edward Said

    What do literary studies have to do with politics? How and why was Edward Said able to emphasize this connection, and revolutionize the way the West looked at the Middle East, and the way the Middle East looked back?

    Dr. Husain is joined by guest co-host Dr. David Schmid, professor of English at the University at Buffalo, for this discussion on the life and work of famed scholar and activist, Edward Said. The University of Minnesota’s Dr. Timothy Brennan, who was a student, colleague, and friend of Said, speaks about the scholar and his new biography “Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said.” The fascinating discussion covers not only his work, but also Said’s remarkable life, personality, and world view, and how all of those came together to shape his writing.

    Get the book here: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/places-of-mind-a-life/9780374714710-item.html

    https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374146535

    Professor David Schmid is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY). The recipient of the Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, he teaches courses in British and American fiction, cultural studies, and popular culture. Dr. Schmid has published on a variety of subjects, including the nonfiction novel, celebrity, film adaptation, Dracula, and crime fiction.

    Timothy Brennan works on the relationship between comparative literature, world literature, and global English. He is a member of both the departments of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature, and English, and is a member of the graduate faculty of American Studies at the University of Minnesota.

    As someone who studied under Edward Said and remained a friend until his death in 2003, Timothy Brennan had unprecedented access to his thesis adviser’s ideas and legacy. In this authoritative work, Said, the pioneer of postcolonial studies, a tireless champion for his native Palestine, and an erudite literary critic, emerges as a self-doubting, tender, eloquent advocate of literature’s dramatic effects on politics and civic life.

    Charting the intertwined routes of Said’s intellectual development, Places of Mind reveals him as a study in opposites: a cajoler and strategist, a New York intellectual with a foot in Beirut, an orchestra impresario in Weimar and Ramallah, a raconteur on national television, a Palestinian negotiator at the State Department, and an actor in films in which he played himself. Brennan traces the Arab influences on Said’s thinking along with his tutelage under Lebanese statesmen, off-beat modernist auteurs, and New York literati, as Said grew into a scholar whose influential writings changed the face of university life forever. With both intimidating brilliance and charm, Said melded these resources into a groundbreaking and influential countertradition of radical humanism, set against the backdrop of techno-scientific dominance and religious war. With unparalleled clarity, Said gave the humanities a new authority in the age of Reaganism, one that continues today.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ep 12: Saints and Slaves: The African Community of the Ottoman Empire w/ Dr. Michael Ferguson

    Ep 12: Saints and Slaves: The African Community of the Ottoman Empire w/ Dr. Michael Ferguson

    When one thinks of African enslavement in history, the Ottoman Empire is rarely the first thing to come to mind. On this episode, Dr. Michael Ferguson (Concordia University) illuminates and discusses the facets of this little known aspect of global slavery history. Dr. Ferguson and Majlis host Dr. Adnan Husain delve into the relatively unknown social and cultural history of enslaved and emancipated Africans and their descendants in Izmir in the late Ottoman Empire.

    Dr. Michael Ferguson is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Concordia University. Michael’s research focuses on questions of identity, marginalization, and minorities in the late Ottoman Empire and early republican Turkey. 

    Learn more about Dr. Ferguson and his work: http://www.michaelfergusonhistorian.net/

    Find MSGP on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MSGPQU

    and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MSGPQU

    Support us here: https://www.queensu.ca/msgp/

    Follow our host Dr. Adnan Husain on Twitter: https://twitter.com/adnanahusain

    • 52 min

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