Dr. Benjamin Claude Brower of The University of Texas at Austin will present “Colonialism and the Hajj: A History of the Muslim Pilgrimage in French Algeria.” Free and open to the public, the lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall.
Brower will discuss the Muslim pilgrimage to Hajj during the period of French rule in Algeria (1830-1962), how French policies regulated the pilgrimage, and how colonized Muslims used the Hajj to rethink relationships between religion and politics.
Brower's first book, A Desert Named Peace: French Empire and Violence in the Algerian Sahara, 1840-1900, received best book awards by the French Historical and the Middle East Studies Association. He currently is completing a collection of theoretical essays exploring violence and French colonialism as well as a third book project, “The Mediterranean Hajj under French Rule, 1798-1962.”
For more information, contact Dr. Etty Terem of Rhodes Department of History at email@example.com or (805) 843-3882.