Monthly Archives: October 2010

“Rutgers Professor Targets Fundamentalist Islam Using Poetry”

Click here to read a review of Dr. Rafey Habib’s recently-published book of poems, “Shades of Islam: Forms for a New Century” (Sep. 2010).

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Hindu Students Organization at Columbia University

On Tuesday the 28th of September, I gave a talk to Columbia University’s Hindu Students Organization. After indulging in some delicious spinach-naan bread, reading an excerpt from the book, explaining my research methodology and giving a brief summary of each chapter and some key findings, the event concluded with a Q&A session, perhaps the best I’ve ever had at the end of a BW event. Although “BW” is about love relationships and weddings, more than half of my audience was male and most of the questions were from the young men in the audience. I was really impressed by the audience’s inquisitiveness: questions ranged from asking about how caste and regional identity factored in choosing a spouse to inquiring about related areas of research that need to be explored. Thanks for Nina P. at the HSO for hosting me and Chaitanya M. for photographing the event.

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