What does being a Muslim mean in America? How does it inform who you are, what you think, what you do? For the faithful, does Islam dictate and define a moral compass, a political agenda, a spiritual journey or is it a culture apart from the American experience? On Thursday, April 19, 2007, 4:00 -5:30 pm, at Georgetown University’s Copley Hall Formal Lounge in Washington, DC, a distinguished panel of journalists, religious scholars, and a Muslim rock star will explore and debate how being a Muslim can complement or conflict with the American way of life.

“What It Means To Be Muslim in America” is a symposium co-sponsored by The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University and On Faith, the global interactive conversation on religion moderated by Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham and Sally Quinn of The Washington Post.


The symposium panel features On Faith’s Quinn and Meacham as well as panelists:

Salman Ahmad, Pakistani born rock musician, founder, guitarist and composer for the wildly popular South Asian band, Junoon

Imam Yahya Hendi, the Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University, the Imam of the Islamic Society of Frederick, and the Muslim Chaplain at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda

Sherman A. Jackson, professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies and a professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Ingrid Mattson, President of Islamic Society of North America, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations and, Director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut

Hadia Mubarak, a senior researcher at Georgetown’s Center for Muslim Christian Understanding and the first woman and first native-born American to be elected to lead the National Muslim Student Association since the 500-chapter organization was established in 1963. [NOTE: Mubarak is also a member of CAIR’s national board.]

John L. Esposito, Georgetown University Professor of Religion and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding will moderate the panel.


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