Ernst Common, Blaustein Humanities Center, 270 Mohegan Ave, New London, CT
Award-winning author, speaker and blogger, Jamillah Karim, will be sharing a presentation entitled, “Our Mamas Been Rockin’ Hijab Since Before We Were Babies: A History of Fashionable Modesty in Black Muslim Communities.”
This event is free and open to the public.
At 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, Karim will share her insights, wisdom and humor with the Connecticut College community, as well as members of the New London area, in the Ernst Common Room inside Blaustein Humanities Center.
“In the Trump Era, the hijab has become a symbol of resistance to Islamophobia and celebration of Muslim women. But this didn’t happen overnight. It took years of struggle, creativity, and perseverance by Muslim women who don’t get the media’s attention,” Karim said. “We owe much to women like Ibtihaj Muhammad and Linda Sarsour, but they stand on the shoulders of African American Muslim mothers who worked hard to make their daughters love being Muslim and feel beautiful at the same time.”
Specializing in race, gender, and Islam in America, Karim is the author of Women of the Nation: Between Black Protest and Sunni Islam (with Dawn-Marie Gibson) and American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender Within the Ummah, which was awarded the 2008 Book Award in Social Sciences by the Association for Asian American Studies.
She is currently working on a new book, Radical Love, where she explores the depth and beauty of divine and human love.
Karim also blogs for Sapelo Square, Hagar Lives, Race+Gender+Faith, NYU Press Blog, and Huffington Post Religion. She speaks regularly at college campuses and Muslim conferences across the nation. In 2014, her scholarly activism was recognized by JET magazine, which featured her as a young faith leader in the African American community.
Jamillah is a former associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Spelman College. She holds a BSE in electrical engineering and a PhD in Islamic Studies from Duke University.
For more information, contact Sharon Butler at 860-439-2175.