Dr. Sherman Jackson’s 2010 "Meet the Author" Book Tour

Dr. Sherman Jackson at MANA.

This Friday, October 8th, in Washington, D. C., Dr. Jackson will be kicking off his 2010 book tour. This is an exciting opportunity to meet and hear Dr. Jackson discuss some of his excellent books and scholarly articles. Dr. Jackson’s books will be available for purchase at the venue as well as online at his new website. All profits will go toward the Summer Arabic Institute where Dr. Jackson is a Board member. A suggested gift of $100 is recommended. Seating is limited for each venue so I recommend registering now. There will be no walk-ins allowed.

The first venue will be Busboys @ 5th & K: 1025 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. (202) 789-2227. The event will be 6pm — 8pm and will be moderated by Dr. Intisar Rabb.

17 Comments Dr. Sherman Jackson’s 2010 "Meet the Author" Book Tour

  1. theblog@manrilla.net'Marc

    @William: I have an electronic copy if it’s ok with him for me to give it to you (ask him, he knows who I am). If not, try Lamppost Productions.

  2. wec224@nyu.edu'William

    Marc wrote a few months ago about a small work of Dr. Jackson’s called Towards Empowering the Common Muslim. Would someone who’s going to the event ask Dr. Jackson where we could find that and report back here? I would love to read it.

  3. manchesteru@gmail.com'Muhammad

    SubhnaAllah…if only we can get him to come to Canada for a visit. I found a few new lectures he delivered on the net that are not on your “Sherman Jackson” blog. Is it okay if I post the links here?

  4. domeshotsfatlaces@gmail.com'Hamza21

    I’m wonder will anybody ask Dr. Jackson at this event what exactly is his association with Wesley Muhammad (True Islam) and how can he be associated with Wesley’s claim Allah is man and the Prophet claimed Allah came in form of a man.

    The fact that Wesley received his phd based upon his nonfactual dissertation isn’t surprising given western academia anti-religious slant. However, Dr. Jackson association with Wesley is.

    I asked Wesley whether his professor was Dr. Jackson nearly two years ago and his always refused to answer the question. I have since learned Dr. Jackson wasn’t his professor (the non-muslim Alexander Knysh was). But still it’s hurtful and mind-boggling to consider Dr. Jackson would knowing assist someone trying to prove shirk.

  5. theblog@manrilla.net'Marc

    @Hamza: Dr. J is a university professor who has to work with people who may not share his personal beliefs. Quite frankly, I am surprised why you and AR cannot see this. What should he do, denounce Wesley as a polytheist, refuse to approve his dissertation, and loose his job? Will you feed his family if he does so? And like I said to AR, show me where he is under any obligation to do so. This is a very short-sighted attack on a member of our community that has worked very hard at actualizing Islam in America. We have a tendency to turn on one another for the most despicable reasons.

  6. domeshotsfatlaces@gmail.com'Hamza 21

    Please don’t link me with Abdur Rahman. We both know he’s a bitter man. He always wanted a leadership position within community and now he’s riding the wave of neo-cons love for any one who will speak against Islam. He will soon regret that decision. The neo-cons will find another pet soon enough.

    The problem I have with Dr. Jackson is, as to my understanding, he was under no obligation to serve as Wesley’s academic advisor. As well as someone educated within the Sunni Tradition he does bare a responsibility to speak out about Wesley’s shirk. The thought that a respected member of community would willing assist in proving shirk is hurtful and shameful.

    This is not a “despicable reason” but is a very valid one. A person of knowledge who would willing assist in blatant shirk should not be in leadership. Anymore than someone who willfully engage in zina. Both are acts a person must choose to do.

    Moreover, I highly doubt he would have lost his job over this matter. Even if that were the case I’m pretty confident he could find employment elsewhere. Many universities would love to have someone of Dr.Jackson caliber. Some things in life are worth fighting for. Tawhid is one of them. Many sahaba were tortured and died fighting to establish tawhid. No person of conscience could spit on the sacrifices of those of past for prestige and employment.

    I don’t know the full story behind Dr. Jackson involvement with Wesley but it does need to investigated. He can’t remain silent on this issue. He must address it. Shirk is one of the worst things a Muslim can do.

  7. theblog@manrilla.net'Marc

    @Hamza 21 – my associating you with AR had to do with the fact that you lump people together in certain categories without having all the facts. I find it curious that despite your own admission that you don’t have all of the information surrounding Wesley/Jackson issue [“as to my understanding”, “I don’t know the full story”], you still felt comfortable enough to publicly condemn the man [your fellow Muslim] without knowing everything that’s going on. Another classic case of back-biting. Show me definitive religious proof that Dr. Jackson was under obligation to thwart Wesley’s polytheistic dissertation, and not just an opinion based on what you don’t like. A.k.a., show me the dalil, and because Sahabah [r.a.h.] died for a cause in no way means that we’re obligated to die in the same cause. If that were so, what are you doing here talking to me when you should be off fighting in the way of God somewhere?

    We have to be careful when expressing our opinions. Perhaps you could have framed it where you were concerned or didn’t understand why Dr. Jackson did what he did but to cast aspersions on him when you, “don’t know the full story”, is bad etiquette.

  8. margari.hill@gmail.com'Margari Aziza

    Salaam alaikum,

    I used to teach classes as a graduate student at Stanford. And as an academic, I had to grade papers from students from all walks of life. Whether or not I agreed with the position of the writer, I had to grade it on its use of evidence, logic, and quality of writing. For example, when I was a teaching assistant for “Palestine, Zionism, and the Arab-Israeli conflict”, I had to grade a paper written by a Zionist student that was highly objectionable. It tried to justify segregation if certain communities are deemed dangerous. Now was I under an obligation as a Muslim and proponent of human rights to fail the paper?

    We haven’t read the dissertation, nor do we know Jackson’s stance on the Wesley Muhammad’s work. But dissertations are public and you can access them. I think we should do that before forming more judgments. Also, the academy is supposed to be a place where ideas can be freely exchanged. I’ve interacted with graduate students of all stripes while at Stanford, studying Arabic at Middlebury, and while abroad in Arabic language programs. And there are many non-Muslims who have studied under Muslim scholars at University of Chicago, Duke, University of Michigan, etc. with political agendas or ill regard for Islam. If Muslim academics refused to work with all of these students, then what would their position in the academy be?

  9. theblog@manrilla.net'Marc

    it’s hurtful and mind-boggling to consider Dr. Jackson would knowing assist someone trying to prove shirk

    That’s the part that’s adab-less. Your presumption of guilt [and guilty of what, exactly] without having the facts. How you can postulate guilt when you yourself don’t know all the particulars shows your preconceived bias towards him.

    So he is under no obligation but he does have responsibility since no Islamic scholar would willfully be involved with shirk.

    You’re waffling. Either you believe is has to or doesn’t have to. And show me where he is “willfully involved in shirk”? Lord!

    Do you think that an Islamic scholar can involved in promoting shirk?

    Again, show me where he’s associating partners with Allah?!

    Marc you seem bound and determined for Dr. Jackson to not be asked questions about Wesley.

    On the contrary, I am sure Dr. Jackson will need to clarify his position. I just want to have that clarification first before we declare “open season”.

    I respect Dr. Jackson but I can’t accept any knowledge from someone who condones and promotes shirk.

    Amazing. So you don’t know all of the facts and yet you still hold to the fact that he’s promoting or guilty of maybe promoting shirk. What school of law or interpretation did you study at?

    His creditability is at stake.

    With whom? You? Me? The Muslims as a whole? I think you’re projecting your own issues beyond their own scope. This isn’t the first difficult or controversial topic that Jackson’s raised and he’s still loved and highly regarded by many Muslims.

    If you consider investigating whether an Islamic scholar promotes shirk bad adab so be it.

    I consider presumption of guilty whilst confessing one doesn’t “know all the facts” back-biting, i.e., bad adab.

    At the very least he should refute Wesley’s theory.

    Again, show me the proof he’s under any obligation to refute. Is he under the obligation to reject Wesley’s claims on a personal level? Yes, how else could one maintain one’s Islam if one did not reject the claims to God being a black man. But to conflate that to the point where one must actively refute the claim, I want incontrovertible proof that that is incumbent upon that person.

  10. domeshotsfatlaces@gmail.com'Hamza 21

    How exactly did I “publicly condemn the man”? I did no such thing. Reread what I wrote. I did ,however, state someone who did certain actions. I did not say Dr. Jackson was guilty of those actions but only if he were “[he] should not be in leadership”.

    “Show me definitive religious proof that Dr. Jackson was under obligation to thwart Wesley’s polytheistic dissertation”

    I never stated he was under obligation just that:

    “As well as someone educated within the Sunni Tradition he does bare a responsibility to speak out about Wesley’s shirk. The thought that a respected member of community would willing assist in proving shirk is hurtful and shameful.

    So he is under no obligation but he does have responsibility since no Islamic scholar would willfully be involved with shirk. Acting as academic advisor to man knowingly trying to promote shirk is unthinkable and unacceptable to someone who wears title of Muslim.

    Do you think that an Islamic scholar can involved in promoting shirk? You seem be saying one guilty of this is acceptable and should be overlooked. A’oodhu Billah!

    Marc you seem bound and determined for Dr. Jackson to not be asked questions about Wesley. No Muslim can endorse shirk,period. In past whenever scholars had various positions not of majority they were always investigated and debated. Why should Dr. Jackson be immune?

    I don’t know the full story like I stated before but this is not a minor issue. Dr. Jackson should be asked and his answer, or if he refuses to answer, should be known. Individuals themselves can then decide to a sympathize,overlook or condemn based upon the facts.

    I respect Dr. Jackson but I can’t accept any knowledge from someone who condones and promotes shirk. I’m sure many others feel the same way. Is Dr. Jackson guilty of this? Unknown at this point and based upon your comments it should remain so. I don’t think so Marc. He must be asked about this issue. His creditability is at stake.

    If you consider investigating whether an Islamic scholar promotes shirk bad adab so be it. This is a serious issue.

    @ Margari

    You role as a teacher is not applicable to this situation. Grading papers for your students is different than being an academic advisor. You can’t choose your students. A professor has to agree (choose) to become someone’s academic advisor. As far as I know I never heard of a professor under threat of termination forced to act as academic advisor to person who views they find offensive. Dr. Jackson as Muslim should indeed find Wesley assertions offensive.
    At the very least he should refute Wesley’s theory. As a university professor he may not bare the responsibility for this. However as Islamic scholar who’s name is connected to Wesley he does. His credibility is on the line. No person of knowledge can sit back and would allow someone to destroy their credibility.

  11. medina787@yahoo.com'ayisha

    ASAWRWB

    This is a great opportunity to learn more of our indigenous scholarship. I must ask Marc to replace this photo of Dr. Sherman; it gives a less than flattering image of a renowned scholar and Muslim. He appears to be sleeping and it is not something that couldn’t have happened to any of during a lengthy conference. Pls. replace; there are many more images that truly represent a him. Shukran

  12. medina787@yahoo.com'ayisha

    RE: The discussion in this open forum accusing another Muslim of something so discrediting is extremely dangerous. There is no need to quote Quran or Hadis in this instance; surely you know this is wrong. He is available/accessible to have this issue brought to him. Hamza you must not go any further until you can substantiate your claim or you are committing a sin nearly equal to this you claim. Wishing for you the best outcome, which is to stop yourself and sincerely seek the best path to receive your concerns.

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