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Global Studies Center Hosts Dr. Emily Goshey

20 October 2021 to 11 January 2022

The Global Studies Center (GSC) hosted Dr. Emily Goshey, a postdoctoral research fellow with the Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity based in New York, in which she discussed “African American Muslim Communities”. The talk was held online via Zoom with several GUST faculty members and other interested guests from various academic institutions in attendance.


Dr. Goshey’s talk focused on African American Muslim communities in the United States rather than immigrant Muslims since both have had divergent and unique experiences. Upon researching and inquiring, Dr. Goshey came to witness many African American Muslims traveling to GCC countries in hopes of learning and advancing in Islam, many of which later returned to the United States to spread awareness and teach others in their community of their learnings. She referred to graduates of the Islamic University in Medina who went back to Philadelphia to transform their community as an example during the talk.



Chair of the Global Studies Center and Professor of Humanities & Social Sciences at GUST, Dr. Thorsten Botz-Bornstein, said, “It is useful to present aspects of Islam that are relatively unknown in this region.”


Dr. Goshey’s interest in African American Muslims began in 2010 during her undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania where she studied the History of Islam in Philadelphia. Her work in Pennsylvania gained her several ethnographic studies, an honors thesis, and many subsequent papers and presentations. She has since written a dissertation on modern Ibadism in Oman and its encounter with Salafism at the University of Princeton and is currently a recipient of several US government scholarships and awards for her studies of the Arabic and Persian languages.


Also present at the talk was Dr. Goshey’s discussant, the author of  A History of Conversion to Islam in the United States,  Dr. Patrick D. Bowen. Dr. Bowen has published over two dozen articles including two monographs: A History of Conversion to Islam in the United States, Volumes 1 and 2, whereby he discusses white Muslims, Sufis, the movements they produced between 1800 and 1975, and the diverse roots and manifestations of African American Islam as they appeared between 1920 and 1975.


The GSC is a leading research center on global studies, and a vehicle for engaging both internal and external communities through stimulating events and lectures on global issues. The center aims to conduct cutting-edge research on cross-national political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental issues of critical importance, and share research output and information regionally and globally.  The GSC seeks to foster public understanding of global issues with local significance.


GUST continues to build on its mission to become a knowledge-hub that benefits and engages students, academics, and the wider Kuwait community as a whole.  For more information on upcoming events, visit https://gsc.gust.edu.kw/