The University of Iowa

Professor and film director to give talks on Islamic exile, art April 19, 20 (video)

April 13th, 2010

James Le Sueur, associate professor of history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and director of the documentary “Exile and the Fatwa,” will present a lecture about the film at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 19, in Room 315 Phillips Hall.

A fatwa is a religious judgment in the Islamic world and, in the case of Le Sueur’s talk, it takes the form of a death threat or a curse demanding that someone be killed.  Based on personal interviews with artists in exile, the film is the first in a series and focuses on the relationship of exile to the artistic, cultural and literary critiques of political and radical Islam.

Le Sueur will give a second talk titled “Paris, Exile, and Art: Imagining Resistance and Living the Politics of Contemporary Diasporic Literature” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the University Capitol Centre Room 1117 (International Commons).

Le Sueur’s next book is about writers from Muslim-majority countries and their struggles with radical Islamists, and this talk will focus on this topic.

The European Studies Group, the UI history and political science departments and International Programs are sponsoring these events.

Here is a recording of James Le Sueur’s lecture from April 20:

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For more information, contact Joan Kjaer, IP senior communications officer, at  or 319-335-2026.