The Quran is one of the most iconic objects in American debates about racial and religious tolerance. Is the Quran a “good book”? Is it like the Bible and other scriptures? Or is its message more violent, more misogynistic, more intolerant? Or is the danger in the power readers ascribe to the book? Tracking the Quran’s social life as an American culture-object, anthropologist Zareena Grewal provided a window into today’s culture wars and the racialization of Islam. Grewal’s lecture titled “Reading Muslims through the Culture Wars” was followed by a Q&A with Tazeen Ali, Assistant Professor of Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis.
This event was sponsored by the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics.