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Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies Seminar. Muslim Graves in Southeast Michigan

Ronald Stockton, professor of political science, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Monday, March 27, 2017
4:00-5:30 PM
1636 School of Social Work Building Map
Professor Ron Stockton has spent nearly a decade studying Muslim graves in Southeast Michigan, taking more than a thousand photographs of gravestones. Muslims have been in Southeast Michigan for well over a century. They are buried in at least 20 different locations. Burial styles vary, suggesting a mosaic of diverse ethnic and religious sub-communities. They include individuals from at least 26 different countries, former countries, or special ethnic or religious groups. Many of these have their own ways of expressing their final sentiments. Some stones emphasize faith in God. Others emphasize national or ethnic heritage, hobbies, clubs, affiliations, happy marriages, or proud military service.

These stones show the exceptional diversity of cultures, religious traditions, national styles, and personal expression. A gravestone is not about death. It is about life. It is about what you valued, what was important to you, and how you want to be remembered. This lecture will shed light on what it means to be Muslim in America.

An exhibit including 39 photographs of gravestones which demonstrate the incredible diversity of this complex population will be on display in the International Institute Gallery (1080 S. University) through April 5, 2017.
Building: School of Social Work Building
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: immigration, Multicultural, Muslim, Religious, Visual Arts
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Global Islamic Studies Center, International Institute, Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia

The Global Islamic Studies Center organizes a number of public events each year such as lectures, conferences, and films, many in collaboration with other U-M units. Please use our searchable events calendar for information about upcoming programs sponsored by GISC and the Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies Seminar (IISS).