Featured Event - March 2021



  • Feb 26th - Black History Month - Public Lecture

    • Dr. Michael Ferguson, Concordia University
    • The Making and Unmaking of the African Community of Ottoman Izmir, 1870-1922
    • MSGP Facebook page to watch the live stream:
    • 2:30 pm 


  • February 6th - panel in commemoration of the Quebec mosque shooting

    • Connecting Abolitionist Struggles.  Settler Colonialism, Mass Incarceration, and the "War on Terror"
    • Moderated by: Azeezah Kanji, Panelists: Shady Hafez (Yellowhead Institute fellow), El Jones (Poet, academic, and prisoners' justice advocate), Arun Kundnani (author and critical scholar of the "war on terror"
    • 2:00 pm
    • Facebook Live at
    • co-sponsored with International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, Muslim Societies, Global Perspectives, Noor Cultural Centre, Unifor National Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, World Beyond War, Yellowhead Institute, United Jewish People's Order


    October 2020 -  ISLAMIC HISTORY MONTH


    All Events:



    • October 24th 
      • Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis, Director of Collections and Public Programs, Aga Khan Museum Toronto
      • Light from Within.  An Alternative Approach to Islamic Art
      • Agnes Etherington Art Centre @ 6:30 pm


    Syrian-Canadian filmmaker Amar Chebib began making videos in his youth while growing up between the Middle East and North America. Wajd is his first feature length documentary.  Over five years, we witness the struggles of Ibrahim, Abdulwahed, and Mohamed as they face their traumatic past. Forced to rebuild their lives in exile, they turn to their love of music to help them find meaning in the aftermath of destruction and atrocity.





    • January 14th - Adam Ali
      • Radical Play. Without Sports, I would be lost: Orientalism in TSN's Radical Play
      • MacCorry D216 @ 4:00 pm




    • February 6th - Emrah Yildiz
      • The Traffic in Iranian Pilgrims. Historicity and Sociality of Saint Visitation across the Middle East
      • Stirling 414  @ 6:00 pm
      • Emrah Yıldız is Crown Junior Chair in Middle East Studies and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University. He is a historically attuned cultural anthropologist, studying routes of religious, commercial and political mobility between Iran, Turkey and Syria.

        His book project, The Traffic in Iranian Pilgrims: Religion, Economy and Territory across Borders, synthesizes these areas of scholarship to chronicle the pathways of a ziyarat (visitation) route. Often referred to as Hajj-e Fuqara’ (pilgrimage of the poor) in Iran, this route has shuttled Iranian pilgrims as well as contraband goods such as oil, sugar and tobacco, among bus stations in Iran, informal bazaars in Turkey, and the Sayyida Zaynab shrine in Syria. 



      • The Friday Mosque: Architectural Splendor and the Polemics of Representation in Pre-Modern Muslim Societies
        MacCorry D216 @ 4:00 pm


    • February 28th-29th - Becoming Allies: Muslim-Jewish Solidarity in the Face of Islamophobia and Antisemitism 
      Co-sponsored with Department of History, Muslim Societies, Global Perspectives, and Jewish Studies Program
    • Feb 28th - "Confronting the Pushback Against Muslim-Jewish Solidarity
      • Professor Rabab Abdulhadi, San Francisco State University & Professor Barry Trachtenberg, Wake Forest University
      • Robert Sutherland Hall  @ 4:00 pm
    • Feb 29th - Symposium: Islamophobia & Antisemitism, Past and Present
      • Professor Ivan Kalmar (University of Toronto); Dr. Monia Mazigh (writer, Rights Advocate); Professor Moustafa Bayoumi (Brooklyn College); Lia Tarachansky (Filmmaker, Journalist); Azeezah Kanji, JD, LLM (Writer, Programming Director, Noor Culture Centre)
      • Donald Gordon Centre @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm 
      • Limited seating available. Please register with Prof. Salzmann of History [] 



    • POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER - March 19th - Juan Cole
      • Muhammad:: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires
      • University Club - George Teves Rm - Light Reception @ 5:30 pm  -- Talk @ 6:00 pm 


    • April 29th-30th - Mediterranean Conference
      • Watson Hall Rm 517 @ 8:30 am