This series celebrates the diversity of contemporary Muslim music and its power to foster intercultural understanding. It features Tunisian singer Emel Mathlouthi with songs of the Arab Spring, Islamic hip hop artists on the concept of "Muslim Cool," and a free conversation with best-selling writer Reza Aslan.


2016-17 Live Context Events: Islamic Voices

Student Event | Music and Mass Movements
Wed, October 5, 12:00pm
The Markaz: Resource Center

Emel Mathlouthi joins Stanford students and faculty for a conversation about the role of her music in the Arab Spring and about her career as a Muslim woman and independent artist in the music industry.

Sign up for a reminder

Pre-show Talk | Songs of Revolution
Wed, October 5, 6:30pm 
Bing Concert Hall

Professor Ramzi Salti, host of the podcast Arabology, and Professor Joel Beinin set the stage for Emel Mathlouthi by discussing the Tunisian Revolution, how it launched the Arab Spring, and how her music became its soundtrack.

Sign up for a reminder

Performance | Emel Mathouthi
Wed, October 5, 7:30pm
Bing Concert Hall

The "voice of the Tunisian revolution" brings her songs of the Arab Spring to Bing Concert Hall

Info & Tickets

Student Event | Chai Chat with Su'ad Abdul-Khabeer
Thu, October 13, 4:00pm
The Markaz: Resource Center

Su’ad Abdul-Khabeer—hip hop scholar, performer, and author of the forthcoming book Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, Hip Hop in the United States—moderates an open conversation with Stanford community about black Muslim womanhood in America.

Sign up for a reminder

Talk + Performance | Hip-Hop, Street Art, and the Muslim Cool
Fri, October 14, 5:30pm
McMurtry Building, Oshman Hall

Part panel conversation, part hip-hop performance, this event explores forms of cultural expression that push back against dominant ideas about Muslim identity. Moderated by Prof. Sammy Alim with performers Su'ad Abdul Khabeer, Mark Gonzales, and The Narcicyst.

Sign up for a reminder

Public Talk | Reza Aslan on Islam and the Arts
Mon, October 17, 6:00pm
Bing Concert Hall

Best-selling writer and cultural commentator Reza Aslan joins Stanford’s Umbreen Bhatti (host and producer of Kaleidoscope: Reflections On Islam) to explore current American relations with the wider Muslim world and opportunities that the arts offer for bridging perspectives.

Info & Tickets


Stanford University Resources

The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies
The Markaz: Resource Center
Arabology (radio show on KZSU 90.1FM and podcast)


Suggested Reading

Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States
By Su’ad Abdul Khabeer

Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture
By Hisham D. Aidi

Rock the Casbah: Range and Rebellion Across the Islamic World
By Robin Wright

No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
By Reza Aslan

Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think
By John L. Esposito and Dalia Mogahed