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MemberNathaniel Mathews

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“Memory, History, and Heritage among the Grieving Cosmopolitans: Omani-Zanzibaris Remember the Zanzibar Revolution, 1964-present.” Garth Myers …

I am a historian of East Africa and the Indian Ocean world, with a particular focus on the history and identity of the Swahili-speaking community in modern Oman. My book manuscript, Children of the Lost Colony, explores the modern migrations of this community from East Africa to Oman in the 1960s and 70s, their memories of Africa, especially Zanzibar, and their generative role in the evolution of Omani national citizenship. I have also published on Islamic reform and Arab identity in Mombasa, Kenya, the making of an abolitionist consensus in modernist Muslim thought, and the Ibadhi madhab in modern East Africa.

MemberMarielle R. Risse

Risse, Marielle and Keye Tersmette. “Ghurba at Home – Views from Oman.” The Arab World as Ghurba: Citizenship, Identity and Belonging in Litera…

My current research focus on food practices in the Dhofar region in southern Oman, specifically in relation to the concepts of how food is used to show perso…
…Came to You for Good’: An Ethnographic Discussion of Folk Tales from Southern Oman.” Third Joint Seminar of The Folklore Society and the Royal Anthropologic…

Teaching subjects: English literature, Arabic literature in translation, World literature in translation, Creative writing, Cultural Studies, Education. Research subjects: Gibali (Jebbali/ Sheri) culture, Dhofari and Omani history and culture, Intercultural Communication, English Literature, Travel Writing, Pedagogy, Anthropology

MemberLauren Osborne

…“Sound at a Distance: Qur’an Recitation in Online Distance Learning in Oman,” to be presented at the Sound and Secularity Symposium at Stony Brook Univers…

My interests revolve broadly around perception and experience of religious texts. My areas of specialization include Islamic Studies, the Qur’an and Qur’anic Studies, Islam and music, and Sensory Studies in the study of religion. My current project is a book on meaning and experience across the sound, text, and performance of the recited Qur’an called, Recite! Aesthetics and Experience of the Recited Qur’an. In this work, I take a combined hermeneutic and ethnographic approach in considering the recited Qur’an in a wide range of contexts, illuminating the theoretical possibilities for interrelationships and discontinuities between different realms of meaning. In my research and teaching more broadly, I am interested in interactions between discursive and non-discursive meanings of religious texts—the Qur’an most specifically—, as well as sense experience within Islamic Studies and Religious Studies. I am currently the co-chair of the Qur’an Unit in the American Academy of Religion.

MemberJesse Alemán

…The Woman in Battle: The Civil War Narrative of Loreta Janeta Velazquez, Cuban Woman and Confederate Soldier (U of Wisconsin P)

Empire and the Literature of …

Jesse Alemán is a professor of English and the Director of Literature at the University of New Mexico, where he teaches nineteenth-century American and U.S. Latina/o literary and cultural histories. He also offers classes on the C19 American gothic; southwestern literature and film; and Chicana/o horror. He holds the title of Presidential Teaching Fellow, a distinction awarded for his critical pedagogy at a Hispanic Serving Institution.