Islam and Contemporary Dance: Unexpected Convergences

Event description

  • Academic events
  • Arts and entertainment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Free
  • Open to the public

Some of the United States’ best-known pioneers of 20th-century dance, including Ruth St. Denis, were inspired by Eastern – and specifically Muslim – cultural forms. Join us as Professor Winter explores that connection by examining the theology of some modern Muslim dancers and how those dancers challenged Western perceptions of Islam’s relationship to the human body, to eros and to the sacred. By directly challenging some widespread stereotypes this lecture will highlight fundamental values shared by Western and classical Islamic cultures.


This event is part of the Hardt-Nickachos Lectures in Peace Studies, an endowed lecture series made possible by a gift from a generous donor. Past speakers have included Stanley Hauerwas, Sari Nusseibeh, Selma Leydesdorff, Pankaj Mishra and David Livingstone-Smith.

About the speaker

Professor Tim Winter, University Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge

Professor Timothy Winter is a highly-respected theologian, Islamic scholar and educator, and one of the world’s most influential Muslims. In addition to his academic endeavors, Winter spearheaded the community-centric Cambridge Mosque Project and founded Cambridge Muslim College which offers a variety of student programs including a bachelor’s degree in Islamic studies. Winter (a.k.a. Abdal Hakim Murad) has authored numerous books and articles, including his most recent volume “Travelling Home: Essays on Islam in Europe.”


This event will take place on the ASU Tempe campus in the Carson Ballroom, located on the second floor of Old Main, and will be live-streamed through the Center's YouTube channel and on ASU Live. Your confirmation email will provide detailed directions to the venue. The lecture will be followed by audience Q&A and concluding with light refreshments.

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Event contact

Alex Brooks

Thursday, September 28, 2023


4:30 pm5:45 pm (MST)


Old Main, Carson Ballroom