Decorative image of the book cover for Medina by the Bay (2023) by Maryam Kashani.

Maryam Kashani | Medina by the Bay

JD Hoyt

Maryam Kashani | Medina by the Bay

April 18, 2024 / 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm / Add to Google
220 Stephens Hall

From the Black Power movement and state surveillance to Silicon Valley and gentrification, Medina by the Bay examines how multiracial Muslim communities in the San Francisco Bay Area survive and flourish within and against racial capitalist, carceral, and imperial logics. Weaving expansive histories, peoples, and geographies together in an ethnographic screenplay of cinematic scenes, Maryam Kashani resituates Islam as liberatory and abolitionist theory, theology, and praxis for all those engaged in struggle.

Maryam Kashani is a filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Presented by the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion. Co-sponsored by the Asian American Research Center, the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, the Center for Race and Gender, the Department of Ethnic Studies, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Admission Information
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