Headshot for Hussein Rashid


On March 30, Adjunct Assistant Professor Hussein Rashid of the Religion Department published research in The Wabash Center Journal on Teaching. His article, titled “Diverse Muslim Narratives: Rethinking Islam 101,” examines a 40-year-old argument by Edward Said that asserts Islam was constructed to meet American political interests, and, as such, is taught through popular discourse in ways that put forth a single branch of Islam as “true Islam” over others. In this paper, Rashid proposes an examination of how Muslims define their religion through contestation (the action or process of disputing or arguing) and relation. This approach aims to more accurately convey the dynamic nature of Islamic traditions and provide a fuller understanding of the global religious community.