Islam, Change and Modern Muslim Identities – Rethinking the Question of Reform

Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Mudd Theatre, Claremont School of Theology

This conference aims to evaluate the history, influence, and legacy of Islamic reform movements in the last two-hundred years. Experts including academics, policy analysts, and legal scholars will examine the legacy and relevance of reformist discourses, theological/philosophical imperatives of reform, the relationship between reform and political Islamism, the place of science and religion debates, and new pathways of reform. The panelists will offer a set of Islamic perspectives that reflect classical understandings as well as contemporary thought, connected with real-world case studies and examples.

Attend the conference to learn more about how contemporary Muslim thinkers are conceptualizing Muslim identity and ethics in today’s world, drawing from and critically engaging classical and modern frameworks and notions of Islamic reform. The conference provides a unique opportunity to engage with a diverse group of exceptional scholars.



Dr. Ovamir Anjum
Imam Khattab Chair and Professor of Islamic Studies (University of Toledo, OH)

Dr. Mucahit Bilici
Associate Professor of Sociology (John Jay College and CUNY Graduate Center, NY)

Shaykh Jihad Brown
Scholar-in-Residence, Bayan Claremont

Dr. Sylvia Chan-Malik
Associate Professor of American and Women’s and Gender Studies (Rutgers University-New Brunswick)

Dr. Hamid Khan
Deputy Director of The Rule of Law Collaborative (University of South Carolina)

Dr. Ozgur Koca
Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, Bayan Claremont

Dr. Hamid Mavani
Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, Bayan Claremont

Dr. Shabana Mir
Associate Professor of Anthropology (American Islamic College, IL)

Dalia Mogahed
Director of Research (Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, Washington DC)

Dr. Kathleen Moore
Professor of Islamic Studies (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Dr. Ebrahim Moosa
Professor of Islamic Studies (University of Notre Dame, IN)

Hadi Qazwini
Ph.D. student (University of Southern California)

Dr. Liyakat Takim
Sharjah Chair and Professor in Global Islam (McMaster University, Canada)



8:30 AM Registration / Check-in

9:00AM Welcome / Opening Remarks

10:00 AM Panel 1: Theological and Philosophical Imperatives for Islamic Reform

11:30 AM Lunch Program

1:00 PM Panel 2: Politics, Law and Islamic Reform

2:30 PM Coffee Break

3:00 PM Panel 3: Islam, Change and the U.S.

4:30 PM Closing Remarks


Intended Audience
Muslim thought leaders, activists, and religious scholars; interfaith leaders and community members; news and media professionals; non-profit personnel; and students in religious studies, law, political science, and other fields.

By March 31 (early-bird rate):
$40 General / $20 Students

From April 1 – April 25:
$50 General / $25 Students

ONSITE REGISTRATION STARTING APRIL 26: $60 General / $25 Students (Lunch not guaranteed).


Parking is free on campus in available spaces.

No One Turned Away For Lack Of Funds. Contact for further information.


7:00-9:00pm / brief break for Maghrib at 7:30pm)
$25 separate charge


California Sales Tax is included in all ticket sales, as applicable.



Will the conference be live-streamed / recorded?
The conference sessions will be video-recorded and edited for future online access on Bayan’s YouTube channel. The program will not be live-streamed, although brief portions may be posted to Facebook Live throughout the day.

Do I have to use Paypal to complete my purchase?
No, you do not need to have a Paypal account. Paypal is only serving as the credit card payment processor for your transaction, so you do not need to login to Paypal or create an account. You must enter your credit card details when prompted on the secure payment page. On the other hand, if you wish to use Paypal to fund your payment, then you have the option of logging into Paypal or creating a new Paypal account.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, you do not need to print your ticket. Just check-in at the registration table to receive your event materials.

Will there be onsite registration?
Space permitting, onsite registration will be possible, but lunch is not guaranteed. Your pre-purchase enables us to place an accurate catering order.

Is there a parking fee?
Parking is free on campus. No permit is required.