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Chamberlin Lecture: “American Muslims and the New World Order”

Date: 7:30pm PDT October 3, 2011 Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel

  • Dr. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri will give the Chamberlin Lecture on Monday, October 3rd at 7:30 PM in Ag...
    Dr. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri will give the Chamberlin Lecture on Monday, October 3rd at 7:30 PM in Agnes Flanagan Chapel.

Agnes Flanagan Chapel

The Chamberlin Lecture is a biennial lectureship that brings prominent religious scholars and leaders to the Lewis & Clark campus.  Dr. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri is an expert in the history of Islam in America and his recent groundbreaking book from Cambridge University Press provides an insightful overview of the history of Islam and Muslim life in the United States. 

Born in Tehran, Iran, GhaneaBassiri grew up in the U.S. and received his undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College.  He earned his masters and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard University, and has taught at Reed College since 2002.  

In his research GhaneaBassiri explores how Muslims have adapted to America by focusing on the religious institutions and communities they have formed, how they have gone about living their daily lives, and how all of this has been impacted by new converts to Islam and Muslim immigrants.  He notes that many American Muslims are focused on issues of citizenship and civic life, and are dynamically engaged in defining what it means to be an American and a Muslim.  He has researched and spoken widely in Muslim communities throughout the U.S., and notes that he wants “to help these communities develop a more accurate and historically informed vocabulary for understanding the relationship between Islam and modernity and the historical role of Islam in religious pluralism in America.”

The Chamberlin Lectureship was established at Lewis & Clark College in 1979, and has brought such prominent Jewish speakers as Abraham Kaplan, Elie Weisel, and Rabbi Michael Lerner, along with noted Christian speakers such as William Sloan Coffin, Jr., Cornel West, and Rev. Andrew Young.  Dr. GhaneaBassiri will be the first Muslim speaker in the 33 years of the Chamberlin Lectureship. 

This lecture is sponsored by the Lewis & Clark Chapel Office and is free and open to the public.  For further information please contact Rev. Mark Duntley ( or Rabbi Jonathan Seidel (


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