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Religion & Ethnicity, Diaspora & Identity

Date and time

April 17, 2013, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

About this event

Join the Center for the Study of Citizenship in welcoming Dr. Seán McLoughlin to campus. Dr. McLoughlin and our own Saeed A. Khan will be conversing on religion and ethnicity, diaspora and identity.


David Adamany Undergraduate Library
Community Room, 3rd floor
Wayne State University
5155 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202


Dr. Seán McLoughlin

Dr. Seán McLoughlin completed a BA in Theology and Religious Studies, together with a MA in Middle Eastern Studies (Islamic
studies) and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, all at Manchester, from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s. Dr. McLoughlin's research to date has focused mainly on anthropological approaches to the Pakistani and Kashmiri heritage Muslim presence in Britain.

He has published more than 20 journal articles, book chapters and reports on issues concerning religion and ethnicity, diaspora and identity. He has worked on or acted as a consultant to various public projects and lectured in seven countries outside the UK. Between 2003 and 2007, Dr. McLoughlin was joint co-ordinator of the Muslims in Britain Research Network, and between 2001 and 2005, he was part of the Network of Comparative Research on Islam and Muslims in Europe, co-editing European Muslims and the Secular State (Ashgate, 2005). Most recently, Dr. McLoughlin has been the Principal Investigator on an AHRC Diasporas, Migration and Identities Programme network, Writing British-Asian Cities (2006-2008). A volume edited with co-applicants is in preparation as is another volume, co-edited with Kim Knott, Diasporas: Concepts, Identities, Intersections (Zed Books).

Saeed A. Khan

Saeed A. Khan is currently in the Department of History and Lecturer in the Department of Near East & Asian Studies at Wayne State University- Detroit, Michigan, where he teaches Islamic and Middle East and History, Islamic Civilizations and History of Islamic Political Thought.  He is also Adjunct Professor in Islamic Studies at the University of Detroit-Mercy and at Rochester College, co-teaching a course on Muslim-Christian Diversity. With areas of focus including US policy, globalization, Middle East and Islamic Studies, as well as genomics and bioethics, Mr. Khan has been a contributor to several media agencies, such as 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. In addition, he has served as a consultant to the U.S.-Arab Economic Forum.  Most recently, Mr. Khan 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 UK governments on their respective Muslim communities.

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