We submit to you a joyous, vibrant vision of liberation. A future where our dignity, flourishing, and imaginations as Muslims are actualized. We dream of worlds and communities where we exist boldly, proudly, and unapologetically. It is precisely for this beautiful future that we pray our efforts with the ALHAMDU | MUSLIM FUTURISM project serves as a catalyst toward a celebration of our humanity.
There should be no ambiguity in our call—a joyous Muslim future begins when we resist against anti-Black racism, Islamophobia/xenophobia, orientalism, homo-trans phobias, sexism, ableism, settler colonialism, nationalism, imperialism, militarism, supremacy-nativism, and everything in between.
The chronic suffering of yesterday and the compounded acute traumas of each day are constant affronts to the Muslim spirit—restricting us from conceiving and building toward a utopia of our own. May the process of boldly asserting our existence disrupt the hegemonic powers of today and serve as a portal to another planet where our joy is championed, our spirits are revitalized, and our commitments to flourishing and justice are re-energized.
(short for al-hamdu li-llāh الحمد لله)
is an evolving experiential art exhibition and archive created by MIPSTERZ that explores Muslim Futurism—a cultural and artistic imagining of a Muslim future free from the oppression* of today, set in a utopic tomorrow of our
*consists of anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, orientalism, homo-trans phobias, sexism, ableism, settler colonialism, nationalism, imperialism, militarism, supremacy-nativism, and
everything in between
ALHAMDU visually and interactively envisions a future where Third Culture is the dominant wave, where Muslims exist loudly alongside each other in their found-families.
This is a surreal
This is a bright world that exists tomorrow, shared today.
The project will take shape in the form of a physical and digital immersive art installation with related public programs.
To focus our exploration, we have selected 5 themes that reflect the legacies and intersections that have come to define the contemporary Muslim experience: Imagination, Identity, Community, Resistance, and Liberation.
Each theme is explored from an artistic and academic lens that interactively considers what “Muslim Futurism” means, draws from, and works toward.
ALHAMDU installations consist of original MIPSTERZ artwork and contributions from
Muslim + Muslim-adjacent
+ ally artists.
We invite artists to contribute
to our growing archive of
Muslim futurism art.
ALHAMDU public programs are designed to be accessible and expert-informed to foster meaningful dialog and understanding.
We seek input from academics, community leaders, and thought-provokers to broaden our capacity for analysis and imagination.
We invite thinkers to share their ideas, critiques, and conceptions of Muslim futurism.
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Oral Historian & Public Scholar (MA, MPhil) Columbia University’s Malcolm X Project and Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (2011) CNN’s Witnessed: The Assassination of Malcolm X (2015) Brooklyn Historical Society's "Muslims in Brooklyn" (2017-2019) Netflix’s "Who Killed Malcolm X?" (2020)
Educator (JD, PhD) Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Religion, Colorado College Co-Chair, Arabic, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, Colorado College
Activist & Educator (MSW, MBA) Artistic Director, Intelligent Mischief Credits: Wakanda Dream Lab, Racial & Economic Justice at the New Economy Coalition, Social Transformation Project, Innovation Strategy at Movement Strategy Center, Race Forward Butterfly Lab for Immigrant Narrative Strategy, Laundromat Project Creative Change Fellowship
Poet, Artist, Curator (MFA) Founder & Curator, Center for Afrofuturist Studies Public Programs fellow, Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem (2017-2019) Plughaupt Fellow, Iowa Writers Workshop (2017) "Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture" (2020)
Educator (PhD) Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, Department of Religious Studies, University of Miami Credits: Fulbright fellow, The Hāshimid Genealogy Trust, Middle East Studies Association of North America
Educator & Author (PhD, MFA) Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in American Studies, Princeton University Associate Professor, Departments of American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey "Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color and American Islam" (NYU Press, 2018)
Educator, Author, Consultant (PhD) Founder, islamicate, L3C Lecturer, Columbia University Credits: "The Secret History of Muslims in America" (New York Times), American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Religion and Comics at Claremont Press, Religion Dispatches, The Islamic Monthly, Cyber Orient
Educator & Author (PhD) Professor of Islamic Studies, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University Credits: Duke Islamic Studies Center, Pluralism Project at Harvard University, Islamic Mysticism Group at the American Academy of Religion, Sufi Heart podcast, Illuminated Tours/Courses Author: "Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism" (Oneworld, 2003) "Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition" (Yale, 2018)
Educator (PhD) Harvard University: Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures Director, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program Faculty, Departments of South Asian Studies and African and African American Studies Author: "Celebrating Muhammad: Images of the Prophet in Popular Muslim Poetry" (1995) "Al-Ummah: A Handbook for an Identity Development Program for Immigrant Muslim Youth in North America" (1996)
Gail Murphy-Geiss, PhD
Chair of the Department of Sociology, Colorado College
Tomi-Ann Roberts, PhD
Chair of the Department of Psychology, Colorado College
Ellen McLarney, PhD
Director of the Duke University Middle East Studies Center
and the Duke Islamic Studies Center
John Engelbrecht, MFA
Director, Public Space One
Kathryn S. Poots, PhD
Academic Program Director, Center for the Study of Muslim Societies, Columbia University
Hisham Aidi, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Discipline of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
Sofia Fenner, PhD
Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Colorado College
Aisha Jemila, MFA
Visual Artist + Designer
Jameel Paulin, MFA
Visiting Professor in the Department of Art, Colorado College
Hisham Akira Bharoocha
Dellyssa Edinboro, PhD Candidate in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, University of Iowa; Education Coordinator, Center for Afrofuturist Studies
Kalmia Strong, MFA
Program Director, Public Space One
Yasmine Flodin-Ali, PhD Candidate in the Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Brian Valentyn, PhD
Manager of Campus and Community Initiatives, Duke Performances at Duke University
Julie Maxwell, MDiv
Program Coordinator, Duke Islamic Studies Center
Christopher Ahrens, PhD Candidate
Department of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Writer + Journalist