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Twenty Years Since the Towers: 9/11 as an Event in the History of the Discipline

The 2001 al-Qaeda attacks on various US sites were not just an event of political and cultural significance, prompting virulent Islamophobia, new regimes of profiling and racializing religion, and a reformulation of US empire. It was also a major event in the history of the study of religion, prompting several long-overdue reckonings in the discipline. The years that followed saw a thoroughgoing critique of the secularization thesis; a renewed engagement with questions of religious literacy and public scholarship; and a sophisticated new body of work across the various fields of Islamic studies. We invite paper and panel proposals that revisit this formative moment on the occasion of its twentieth anniversary. What histories of this moment have yet to be told? What opportunities were missed? Where do we stand now?


Zaid Adhami, za2@williams.edu

Elliott Bazzano, bazzanea@lemoyne.edu

Elizabeth Ann Pritchard, epritcha@bowdoin.edu

J. Barton Scott, barton.scott@utoronto.ca