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Islamic reform in former Aden and the Indian Ocean is topic of April 26 lecture

April 18th, 2011

Scott Reese, a historian of Islamic Africa, will give a lecture Tuesday, April 26, on “Salafi Transformations: The British Colony of Aden (Yemen) and the changing voices of Islamic religious reform in the Indian Ocean.” His talk beings at 6 p.m. in Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.

This presentation explores Salafism in early 20th century Aden, now Yemen, as a key social and intellectual movement that shaped local politics and offered dynamic solutions to a wide range of problems within the port city’s cosmopolitan communities. Reese will discuss if the Salafis were Islamic reformers or simply a conservative group of Muslim thinkers.

Reese is an associate professor of history at Northern Arizona University.

A catered reception before the talk begins at 5:30 p.m. and is also free to the public.

This talk is part of the “Images of the Muslim World” series and the “Celebration of East Africa” series, both sponsored by the Middle East & Muslim World Studies scholarly group, the African Studies Program, and UI International Programs.

For more information, contact Denise Filios at or 319-335-3451.

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