Please upgrade to a newer browser.

The Lehrhaus website works best in modern browsers like Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 4, Google Chrome 10, Safari 3 and newer. If you are not using one of these, you may encounter visual glitches or other problems.

After the Play: Disgraced

This course was offered in Fall, 2015.

DisgracedYou’ve heard that one should not bring up religion, race or politics in polite company but in Disgraced these are central issues. One reviewer said, “As much as “Disgraced” is a play about the potential tensions between old faiths and the modern world, it also dramatizes the complexity of identity, the interior tug of war between the culture into which people are born and the culture they claim as their own.” This friction speaks to every minority or immigrant population. How much can one assimilate? How much does one want to blend in?

Professor Senzai will respond to these themes, as well as putting the play into a broader context of life for American Muslims. He will reflect on some of the realities and statistics of the American Muslim community and issues of assimilation, discrimination and Islamophobia.


# Sessions
Date & time

Thursday, December 3
7:30 - 9:00 pm

$8 for the public
Free for members
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Dec 03 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Thu Temple Sinai Farid Senzai


Temple Sinai

2808 Summit Street

Oakland, CA 94609



Farid Senzai

Prof. Farid SenzaiFarid Senzai is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Santa Clara University where he teaches courses on U.S. foreign policy and Middle East politics. Dr. Senzai was previously the Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding where he conducted extensive research projects on American Muslims. He was also a research associate at the Brookings Institution and a research analyst at the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Senzai is on the board of advisers at The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and a board member at the Central Asia Institute. He is co-author of Educating the Muslims of America (Oxford University Press, 2009) His most recent book is Political Islam in the Age of Democratization (Palgrave, 2013). Dr. Senzai received his M.A. in international affairs from Columbia University and Ph.D. in politics and international relations from Oxford University.