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The Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College Presents the Series: "Muslim Asia: Cultures, Contexts, and Connections"

One in every five persons in the world is Muslim. Most live in Asia, especially South, Southeast, and East Asia—not the Middle East, as is commonly thought. Misperceptions and misrepresentations about Muslims dominate Western discourse, but current events demonstrate Islam’s global influence. Since 9/11, the urgency for understanding contemporary Muslim thinking, especially in Asia, has reached critical mass. The Pacific Basin Institute’s fall 2007 speakers’ program, “Muslim Asia: Cultures, Contexts, and Connections,” will provide information and insight at this significant time in foreign policy. All lectures will be held at Pomona College:

“Islam in China and Beyond: Connecting Asia with the U.S. and the Middle East”

Wednesday, September 19th, 4:15–5:30 p.m., Hahn Building (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont), Room 101

Dru Gladney, president of the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College and professor of anthropology, will discuss the important role China's Muslims play as mediators between East and West, Eastern and Middle Eastern cultures, and global and local Islam. Gladney will argue that greater attention must be paid to this important population of China given the rising importance of Islam in Asia and China's growing influence in the region.

“The Islam Embedded Thesis: Religion and Plurality in Southeast Asia and the Occident”

Wednesday, October 17th, 4:15–5:30 p.m., Hahn Building (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont), Room 101

Professor Shamsul A.B., director of the Institute of Occidental Studies (IKON), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, will present a brief introductory survey of some fundamental aspects of Islam in Southeast Asia, particularly, within the maritime Malay-Muslim world. This presentation intends to offer an analytical tool or a way of viewing and understanding the heterogeneous nature of the cultural practice of Islam by Muslims in Asia and elsewhere.

A follow-up lunch and conversation with Professor Shamsul A.B.:
Thursday, October 18th, 12:00–1:00 p.m., Oldenborg Center (350 N. College Way, Claremont)

All are welcome (students use meal cards; others sign in at door).

The Pomona College Annual R. Stanton Avery Guest Lecture:
“Muslim Politics in South Asia: Challenges, Threats and Changes”

Thursday, November 15th, 8:00–9:30 p.m., Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont)

South Asia--stretching from Afghanistan to Bangladesh-- is home to the world's largest concentration of Muslims in any single region. The presence of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the possession of nuclear weapons by Pakistan and India, their conflict over Kashmir and the rising tide of Islamist sentiment in Bangladesh contribute to South Asia's volatility.

Hussain Haqqani is the director of the Center for International Relations and a professor at Boston University. He is also a leading journalist, diplomat, and former advisor to Pakistani Prime ministers.

A follow-up lunch and conversation with Professor Hussain Haqqani:
Friday, November 16th, 12:00–1:00 p.m., Oldenborg Center (350 N. College Way, Claremont)

All are welcome (students use meal cards; others sign in at door).

For further information, call (909) 607-8065.

The Pacific Basin Institute is dedicated to expanding and enhancing comity and shared knowledge among the nations and cultures that face the Pacific. A valued study, media production and research center, PBI also offers books, film series and lecture programs to a general as well as academic audience. Since the turn of the past century Pomona College has been a leader in Asian Studies among American universities.