Religion scholar Joshua Dubler will discuss "From Black Muslim to Salafi: The Evolution of Islam in an American Prison” on Monday, September 23 at 6:00pm in Rockefeller Hall room 300. Dubler will draw on his recent book Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison, in which he explores the contested history of Muslim practice at Pennsylvania’s Graterford Prison. An assistant professor of religion at the University of Rochester, Dubler earlier taught for the Villanova University program at Graterford Prison. The Department of Religion sponsors this Frederic C. Wood lecture, which is free and open to the public.
In Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison (2013, Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2013) Dubler invites readers to think critically about the revealing frameworks through which religious prisoners are commonly configured. He examines the unflattering ways that Nation of Islam “old heads” and members of its emergent Salafi majority tend to impugn one another’s beliefs and practices.
Dubler’s research and teaching focus on American religion and theory of religion. Along with Andrea Sun-Mee Jones, he is also the author of 'Bang! Thud: World Spirit' from a Texas School Book Depository. Dubler has also taught at Princeton University, Haverford College, and the Andover Newton Theological School. Dubler earned his PhD. in Religion from Princeton University.
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