Re-examining the place of textuality in Islamic Studies

Contesting Islam/Constructing the West

Youcef Soufi


Sunera Thobani

June 28, 2022


Sunera Thobani, Professor in the Asian Studies Department at UBC, discusses her new book, Contesting Islam: The Inordinate Desire of the West (2021). Dr. Thobani recounts the historical constructions of Muslims and the West through an critical engagement with postcolonial theorists, race theory, feminism, and queer theory.

Host: Youcef Soufi

Date recorded: April 14th, 2022

Youcef Soufi

Youcef Soufi is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Islamic Studies, where he is Co-Principal Investigator of the Reading Muslims Project. Trained in classical Islamic Law, Dr. Soufi is currently working on a book project that analyzes Islamophobia and State Surveillance in the post 9/11 period by focusing on the case of three University of Manitoba students (two Canadians and one American) who left their promising lives in Canada in 2007 to join al-Qaeda in the mountains of Northern Pakistan.

Sunera Thobani

Sunera Thobani is a Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. She studies and works on critical race, postcolonial, transnational and feminist theory; South Asian women’s, gender and sexuality studies; representations of Islam and Muslims in South Asian and Western media; South Asian Diasporic Films; Muslim Women, Islamophobia and the war on terror; intersectionality, social movements and critical social theory; colonialism, indigeneity and racial violence; and globalization, citizenship and migration.