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Islam and Muslims in an Age of ISIS and Islamophobia
Professor Omid Safi
Director, Islamic Studies Center
A public event sponsored by the UCLA Islamic Studies-MRI Fund
Co-sponsored by the Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES)
and the Center for the Study of Religion (CSR)
Fifteen years after the horrific attacks of 9/11, the American Muslim community and the American democratic experiment both find themselves in a perilous state. No American community is viewed with more hostility and negativity. On one hand the community has had to perpetually defend itself against association with the vile attacks of groups like ISIS. On the other hand, leading presidential candidates have talked about surveillance on the Muslim community, allegations of Muslims’ disloyalty to America, turning away Muslim refugees, and shutting down mosques. Where do we go from here? How do we rebuild the bonds of the “Beloved community” that is the great hope of the American democratic experiment in this age of fear and fear-mongering? Omid Safi is a leading Muslim public intellectual. He is the Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, a leading institutions for research on Islam and promoting publicly accessible scholarship on Islam and Muslim communities worldwide.
About the Speaker:
Omid is a professor of Islamic Studies, and specializes in contemporary Islamic thought and Islamic spirituality. He is the Chair for the Islamic Mysticism group at the American Academy of Religion, the largest international organization devoted to the academic study of religion. Omid is an award-winning teacher and speaker, and has been nominated ten times for professor of the year awards at Duke University, University of North Carolina, and Colgate University.
UCLA Campus, Young Hall CS 50