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Dr. Liyakat Takim  

Sharjah Chair in Global Islam

McMaster University, Religious Studies

University Hall, Room 116

1280 Main Street West

Hamilton, Ontario Canada, L8S 41


Telephone: 905-525-9140 ext 20521

Fax: (905) 525-8161



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October 22, 2017

2017: Reinterpretation of Islamic Law in Modern Times

2017: From Invisible to Visible Muslims: Engaging the Muslim Other in America  The University of Edinburgh  06/05/2017 The Unthought in Islam: The Shi'a and Shi'ism in the Western Diaspora

PUBLIC LECTURES (Non Peer-Reviewed Presentations)_

2016: Islam and Reform (Islamic Center, Singapore) – 10 lectures

2016: Human Dignity in the Qur’an (Ahl al-bayt Center, Sydney, Australia)

2015: “Social Justice and Activism in the Islamic Tradition” in Faith in Social Action panel held by McMaster Student's Union Diversity Services

2015: The Problem of Theodicy in Islam, Bait al-‘Ilm Islamic Center,” Chicago (3 Lectures)

2015: “Worshipper and the Worshipped: Spirituality in Islam,” Islamic Center, Arizona

2015: “Islam in the Diaspora” KSI Jamaat Center of Los Angeles (10 lectures)

2014: “Living Islam” Ahl al-Bayt Center, Auckland New Zealand (10 lectures)

2012:  "Spirituality in the Nahj al-Balagha" Conference on Nahj al-Balagha, Peterborough

2010: "Diversity and Change: An Islamic Dilemma" Organization for Islamic Learning, Toronto, Canada (10 lectures)

2010: “Mammetry and Mahomet: Depiction of the Prophet in Western European Literature” Bait al-ilm, Chicago

2008: "Reformation or Transformation: Islamic Law in Transition" Shi'a Ithna'aseri Community of Middlesex, London, England (10 lectures)

2008 “Teaching Islam in a Post-9/11 World” Muslim Student Association, University of Colorado

2008 “From Majority to Minority: The Jurisprudence of Muslim Minority Communities” Islamic Center, Los Angeles

2007 “The Islamization of American Immigrant Islam” Muslim Student Association, University of Denver

2007 “History and Narratives in Qur’anic Exegesis” Islamic Center, Nairobi, Kenya

2006 “Reformation in Islamic Jurisprudence: The Question of Punishment in Islamic Law,” Universal Muslim Association of America, Virginia

2005  “From Muslims in America to American Muslims.”  Universal Muslim Association of America, Washington, D.C.

2005 “Is Islam Synonymous with Terrorism?” The City Club, Denver

2005 “Progressive Muslims in the American Milieu.” Bates College, Maine

2004  “The Cool Dudes: Muslim Youth in Transition.”  Universal Muslim Association of America, Washington, D.C.

2004  “Reflecting Black: Islam in Africa and Antebellum America.”  University of Toronto, Canada

2004  “The Shi‘i Vision: Reason and Reformation in Shi‘ism.”  University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus, Canada

2004  “Faith and Belief: An Islamic Perspective.”  Ja‘faria Islamic Center, Burtonsville, MD

2003  “Re-evaluation of Islamic Law post September 11: Islam and Modernity.”  Faculty Luncheon, University of Denver, Denver, CO

2003  “From 911 to 711: The Islamic Experience in the West.”  Orientation Lecture, University of Denver, Denver, CO

2003  “Unity or Uniformity: Islam and the Question of Reformation.”  al-Iman Islamic Center, Seattle, WA

2002  “A Minority within a Minority: The Muslim Youth Culture in Contemporary America.”  Ja‘fariya Islamic Center, Burtonsville, MD

2000  “Integration, Isolation, or Insulation? The Muslims of America.”  University of Miami, Miami, FL

2000  “A Viable Qur’anic Hermeneutic for Muslims in the New Millennium.”  Auckland, New Zealand

1999  “Qur’anic Exegesis and Women’s Right to Divorce.”  Islamic House of Wisdom, Detroit, MI

1997  “The Muslims as the ‘Other’ in North America.”  Conference on Muslims in America, Ja‘fariya Islamic Center, Burtonsville, MD

1997  “Drawing Boundaries in America: The Muslim Identity.”  Islamic Society of North America, Indianapolis, IN


1996  “Ethno-cultural Identity: Muslim Institutes in America.”  Islamic Center, Washington, D.C.

1993  “Child Custody and Family Support: A Re-evaluation of Traditional Islamic Sources.”  Conference held by the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, Toronto, Canada

PUBLIC LECTURES By Dr. Liyakat Takim