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Research Interests

Racial/ethnic/religious diasporas and transnational political movements; gender and sexuality; Islam and Muslim communities; visual anthropology, documentary, and experimental filmmaking; visual culture and the senses; knowledge, ethics, and power; and new media forms and methods.

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Asian American Studies
1208 W. Nevada
Urbana, IL 61801

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Gender and Representation
Feminist Theory
Asian American Media and Film
GWS 495 Theories and Theologies of Liberation
GWS 495 Theories and Theologies of Liberation
GWS 495 Theories and Theologies of Liberation
GWS 495 Theories and Theologies of Liberation
GWS 495 Theories and Theologies of Liberation

Intellectual Property

Book Contributions

  • Kashani, Maryam. "The Audience Is Present: Invocations of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz by Muslims in the United States.." With Stones in Our Hands: Reflections on Racism, Muslims, and U.S. Empire. . Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018.

Journal Articles

  • Kashani, Maryam. "Habib in the Hood: Mobilizing History and Prayer towards an Anti-Racist Islam." Amerasia Journal 44.1 (2018):
  • Kashani, Maryam. "The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Islam in the United States; Roundtable with Su'ad Abdul Khabeer, Evelyn Al-Sultany, and Sylvia Chan-Malik." Amerasia Journal (2014):


  • Kashani, Maryam. Rev. of Descending with AngelsAmerican Anthropologist 119.4 (2017):
  • Kashani, Maryam. "Book Review of Ebrahim Moosa's What is a Madrasa?." Rev. of What is a Madrasa?Journal of the American Academy of Religion 84.1 (2016):
  • Kashani, Maryam. "Film review essay of Roxanne Varzi's Plastic Flowers Never Die." Rev. of Plastic Flowers Never DieVisual Anthropology 27.1 (2011):

Audio/Visual Publications

  • Signs of Remarkable History (HD, 77 minutes). Dir. Maryam Kashani. 2016.
  • Our Look Was as If Two Lovers or Enemies (three-channel installation). Dir. Maryam Kashani. 2015.
  • When They Give Their Word, Their Word is Bond (site-specific installation). 2012.
  • Best in the West (16mm/SDvideo, 72 minutes). Dir. Maryam Kashani. 2006.
  • things lovely and dangerous still (16mm film for trumpet and drums). Dir. Maryam Kashani. 2003.


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