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Cultural Anxiety, Collective Identity: Muslims and Citizenship in the United States and Western Europe

Citizenship & Constitution Day 2011

Date and time

September 13, 2011, from 7 to 9 p.m.

About this event

Scholar and commentator, Saeed Khan, will deliver the annual Citizenship and Constitution Day lecture, assessing the pressures that constrain the full expression of citizenship for Muslims in a post-9/11 world.



Wayne State University Law School
471 W. Palmer
Detroit, MI 48202


Saeed A. Khan

Saeed A. Khan is currently in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Wayne State University, where he teaches courses on Islamic and Middle East history, politics and culture, and is also a fellow at the Center for the Study of Citizenship. His area of research is the identity politics of Muslim diaspora communities in the U.S., U.K. and Europe. He is also an adjunct professor in Islamic studies at the University of Detroit-Mercy and at Rochester College, co-teaching a course on Muslim-Christian diversity.

He has taught Islam and World Politics at Michigan State University: James Madison College and has been a lecturer at Henry Ford College and Eastern Michigan University. In addition, he is a founding member and a senior research fellow at the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding: a Michigan-based think tank promoting the study and analysis of U.S. social and domestic policy. Most recently, Saeed has founded the Center for the Study of Trans-Atlantic Diasporas, a think tank and policy center examining and comparing the condition of ethnic immigrant groups in North America and Europe, consulting the U.S. and U.K. governments and the E.U. on their respective Muslim communities.  He is a regular contributor to C-Span, NPR, Voice of America and the National Press Club, as well as newspapers and other outlets, and is also a consultant on Islamic and Middle East affairs for the BBC. 

Mr. Khan’s scholarship has been published in the Encyclopedia of the Human Genome, by Nature Publishing Group, the Encyclopedia of Islam in America and in Brill’s Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Culture, as well as chapters in edited volumes such as Negotiating Boundaries? Identities, Sexualities, Diversities, published by Cambridge Scholars Press and most recently in Muslim Youth: Challenges, Opportunities and Expectations, by Continuum Books and Defining and Re-Defining Diaspora: From Theory to Reality, by Interdisciplinary Press of Oxford and the Maryland Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class.