Between Islamophobia and Homophobia: Gender, Sexuality, and Liberal Engagements with Islam

Joseph Massad

Joseph Massad is Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History at Columbia University. He has a particular interest in theories of identity and culture – including theories of nationalism, sexuality, race and religion. He is the author of Desiring Arabs (2007), which was awarded the Lionel Trilling Book Award; The Persistence of the Palestinian Question: Essays on Zionism and the Palestinian Question (2006); and Colonial Effects: The Making of National Identity in Jordan (2001).  Massad’s latest book is Islam in Liberalism, University of Chicago Press, 2015. Massad’s talk will address issues of gender and sexuality in relation to liberal discourses on Islam. 

This talk is cosponsored by  the Center for the Humanities, the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, and the Religious Studies Program.

This talk was organized by Professor Aria Nakissa.  For more information please email