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"The Politics of Muslim Religious Identity Among Youth" Lecture at Pomona College on March 29

Across Muslim migrant communities in North America and Europe, there are growing movements of revivalist Islam, which emphasize a return to a literalistic interpretation of the Koran and its application into all aspects of society. The growth is particularly strong among second and third-generation Muslim youth. Sociologist Nazli Kibria will discuss why in a talk titled, “Muslim First: The Politics of Muslim Identity and Bangladeshi-Origin Youth in Britain and the U.S.” This lecture begins at noon on Tuesday, March 29 at Pomona College.

Kibria will examine this identification with fundamentalist religion as their primary anchor by exploring the community histories of Bangladeshi migrants, and how the West’s stereotypical view and discussion of Islam impact the development of this trend.

A professor at Boston University, Kibria teaches on contemporary Asia and also the sociology of national identity, international migration, family and childhood. Among her publications, she is the co-editor of the volume, Globalization and the Family (2007).

This lecture will be held at Pomona College’s Oldenborg Center (350 N. College Way, Claremont). Lunch is available for purchase by the general public for $6. Information: (909) 607-8035 or 621-8018.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.