New Course Spring 2015
This course will investigate Turkey through a discussion of theoretical concepts such as modernity, and Europeanization. Because of Turkey’s complex positioning in the Middle East and Europe, timely issues relevant to Turkey and to Muslims populations worldwide will be considered, including the complex relationship between veiling and female agency, secularism and Islam.
Muhammad Siddiqui, a recent graduate and a Wake ForestFellow at the Office of the Dean of Wake Forest College, has been selected to present a research paper at the University of Bath’s Social Policy in the Middle East and North Africa: Challenges and Opportunities Conference this coming November.
Muhammad attended the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) 8th. Summer Program where he was actively engaged in research work. He was one of four students selected for outstanding performance and achievement and was offered a full year, non resident Research Fellowship at IIIT.
Muhammad’s research explores how The Islamic Republic of Iran has legalized donor compensation as part of its Living Unrelated Renal Donation (LURD) program, to deal with the country’s shortage of available kidneys. He argues that, since the justification and implementation of such a system requires the whole gamut of secular and religious power, the proliferation of donor compensation in post-revolutionary Iran demonstrates that while interpretations of the Shari’ah are invoked to rationalize and validate state policy, it is not always the main driving force behind such decisions. Muhammad’s hope is that, by exploring how Islamic jurists in Iran are able to reconcile Sharia-based ethical principles with contemporary notions of autonomy, beneficence and non-maleficence, policy debates on donor compensation can be enhanced through a dialogue between the Islamic and Western bio-ethical traditions.
Each semester the program publishes a newsletter to keep students and faculty updated on important information, opportunities, and events related to the minor. Take a look at our most recent issue from this spring!
Other News & Announcements
Faculty Q & A: Anthropology’s Ellen Miller.
Faculty Q & A: Political Science’s Michaelle Browers.