CAIR-logo(DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TX, 10/20/14) — On Thursday, October 23, the North Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) will host an academic forum at Southern Methodist University (SMU) titled “What is ISIS? Religious Extremism and the Politics of Fear.”

WHAT: Academic Forum on ISIS
WHERE: SMU Hughes/Trigg Theater – 3140 Dyer Street, Dallas, TX 75205
WHEN: Thursday October 23rd, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem, 817-538-8269 or

The forum will offer an opportunity for political and religious scholars to discuss the issue of ISIS beyond media reporting. Sheikh Abdul Nasir Jangda, Dr. Robert Hunt and Professor Sahar Aziz will be the expert panelists for the evening. A portion of the evening will be dedicated to answering moderated questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public.

CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem said in a statement:

“ISIS is a terrorist group made up of criminals who will never represent Muslims. The group has been overwhelmingly denounced by Muslims the world over. People of good conscience must unite if we are to rid the world of all extremists and oppressors, regardless of which religion or ideology they proclaim to uphold.”

Video: D.C. News Conference Announcing Muslim Scholars’ Open Letter Refuting ISIS’s Ideology

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem, 469-554-0786,; or CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171,


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