Thursday, April 21st, 2016
Dr. Ali Asani - Professor of Indo-Muslim Religion and Cultures; Director of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University
Dr. Diane Moore - Director, Religious Literacy Project; Senior Lecturer on Religious Studies and Education; Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University
Dr. Hussein Rashid - Founder of Islamicate, L3C, a consultancy focusing on religious literacy and cultural competency
Shenila Khoja-Moolji (Moderator) - Research Fellow and Doctoral Candidate, Teachers College; Education Affiliate, Religious Literacy Project, Harvard University
The loud discourse on Islam in the United States today marks Muslims as a threat, embroiled in pre-modern sensibilities and unable to participate in democratic societies. This rise of Islamophobic commentary has resulted in myriad incidences of bullying, teasing, and direct violence against teachers and students who identify, or are read by others, as Muslims. All this points to the lack of understanding about Islam and Muslims in the United States.