Every year, in search of some solid Halloween spookiness, I inevitably end up searching the internet for stories about jinns. What’s a jinn you ask? They show up in pop culture every so often; the jinn, or genie, that you probably know best is the Genie from Aladdin.
Jinns feature prominently in Islamic mythology. What’s interesting about the genre is that Jinns are actually based on Islamic literature and theology, and they’re mentioned many times in the Quran. Basically, if you believe in Islam, a belief in jinns tags along whether you want it to or not… kind of like your kid sister that follows you everywhere. For many Muslims such as myself, this lends the concept of Jinns a legitimacy that your average ghost story doesn’t have.
Also, shout out to the Buzzfeed podcast See Something Say Something by Ahmed Ali Akbar for doing an awesome yearly Halloween episode about jinns and halaloween ;)
Read on for some more background on jinns, as well as some jinn stories that’ll creep you the fuck out. I’ll leave you to decide whether you want to believe them or not.
This invitation comes from Andrew Chatfield on behalf of the CFA:
The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut coordinates an exhibition of photography focused on Muslim women in America as part of “Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan.” This exhibition showcases photographs that challenge stereotypes of Muslim American women and explores the diversity and complexity of this community. There will be an artist talk at 5pm.
Date: Tuesday, April 14th
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Place: Green Street Teaching and Learning Center, 51 Green Street, Middletown
New professor alert! Elisha Russ-Fishbane will be joining Wesleyan’s Religion Department and Jewish and Israel Studies in July. If you can’t wait that long to hear about interactions between Judaism and Islam in medieval Egypt, check out this lecture tomorrow, details courtesy of Clare McGranahan ’13:
The talk will address Jewish approaches to Islam from a historical and modern perspective.
Elisha Russ-Fishbane received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in 2009. His dissertation, Between Politics and Piety: Abraham Maimonides and His Times, is a historical investigation into Egyptian Jewish society in the thirteenth century. It explores religious transformations of Egyptian Jewry, whose rituals and inner ideals reflect profound impact of contemporary Sufism, in the social and political context of contemporary transformations and upheavals in Egypt. Elisha Russ-Fishbane is now a Tikvah Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Thought at Princeton University and will be joining Wesleyan’s Religion Department and Jewish and Israel Studies in July.
Date: Thursday, April 19
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: PAC 004
Rabia Shahid ’13 sends word of a compelling lecture sponsored by the Muslim Students’ Association:
Are Muslim Women Oppressed? What role does politics play in defining women’s roles in Muslim countries? What status does Islam give women?
Come find out as Asma Barlas, Director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity of the department of politics at Ithaca College (New York) gives her perspectives on these questions.
Barlas was one of the first women to serve in Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry and was named the prestigious Spinoza Chair at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands for her prominent contributions to discussions about women and Islam. She is also the author of “Believing Women” in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur’an.
- Date: Friday, December 3
- Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
- Place: PAC 001
- Facebook event: Here
The Interfaith Justice League and ResLife present a panel discussion where Wesleyan’s Muslim chaplain Sister Marwa, Prof. Attiya Ahmad (Religion department) and Prof. Elvin Lim (Government department)
will respond to anonymous questions submitted by Wesleyan students, relating to Islam, Islamophobia and contrasting portrayals of Park51
in the American media.
The entire student body is invited to attend this important event. Please submit any relevant questions that you would like to ask the panel to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Nov 3. You can also fill out a “question card” at our table in Usdan during lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday. If you cannot attend you are still encouraged to submit any questions that you might have.
What: Islamophobia and Park51: The “Othering” of Muslims in America
When: Thur Nov 4, 4.30pm
Also: has apparently explored the “slippery entrails” of President Roth’s mind. Full story at 6:00.
Class of 2014, meet Martin Benjamin ’57.
I’ll be honest. When some friends at The Argus told me that Benjamin had stopped by the office to hand-deliver his latest Wespeak, I was excited. I love me some Martin Benjamin—like, in that same slightly detached sense that I love cheesy ’80s horror movies and the falafel cart. I love the sweeping, grandiose poetry of his semi-coherent vitriol (to Michael Roth: “you’ll still have me, the diehard whose job it is to interpret the slippery entrails of your mind”). I love his garbled metaphors, spiky similes, fierce wordplay (“God is dead on High [street]”). I love dramatic readings of his most vicious, colorfully worded allegations (describing Michael Roth, or “the Robin Hood of South College,” in Obama’s presence: “you gushed like a teeny-bopper who’d just been goosed by her first crush”).
Who is this guy? If you’re a frosh, I’ll defer to the excellent Benjamin profile in The Argus‘s Who’s Who on Campus, by Justin Pottle ’13:
The second event in the “Open Doors” series is coming up this Friday. Nadeem Modan ’10 has the info:
Curious about spirituality or religious observance on campus? Came to the Fast-a-Thon, and want to get involved with interfaith action here at Wesleyan? The Interfaith Justice League will be visiting a different religious/spiritual service each week, and you’re invited! This week we’ll be visiting Muslim Jummah services.
Come to Jummah services, 12:20pm this Friday at the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life! (corner of Church and High St., diagonal from Beta, second floor) Jummah is a great time to take a break between the school week and the weekend to rest, pray, and meditate. The sermon will be related to social justice and activism. It is suggested that women bring scarves/hooded sweatshirts to cover their hair if possible. The service is open to all, and there will be snacks afterward! If you have questions, feel free to e-mail nmodan@wes.
This is the second event in an “Open Doors” series of open religious/spiritual gatherings around campus, organized by the Interfaith Justice League and various faith communities. Keep your eyes open for more upcoming events.
Satrio Wicaksono ’10 writes:
A 2005 Gallup Poll found that many American women named gender inequality as the thing they admire least about the Muslim world. Let us hear the perspective of our Muslim Chaplain, Sister Marwa Aly on this issue. Several questions will be posed: Are Islamic societies inherently oppressive to women? What are the purposes of veil? Why does it seem that more women in the Muslim world are appearing once again in veils, and what does it signify? You can also ask your own questions regarding the issue of women and Islam. Come, refreshments will be provided!
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 19
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Place: Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (169 High)