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CAIR-CA: ‘Islam and the West’ Town Hall Forum

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 3/23/06) – The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), along with members of the local Muslim community, will take part in a town hall forum titled “Islam and the West” to air March 23rd on CBS 5.

Ken Bastida and Dana King anchor this hour-long CBS 5 News Special with panelists Jane Wales, CEO and President of the World Affairs Council; Beshara Doumani, Professor of the World Affairs Council; Richard Sklar, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Khalil Bendib, an American Muslim Cartoonist based in Berkeley; and Abbas Milani, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. The panelists were asked various questions regarding the war in Iraq, the Sunni/Shia issues, the Danish cartoon controversy, and predictions for the coming year.

Safaa Ibrahim, Executive Director for CAIR-SFBA, was asked to speak about the Muslim community in America and the status of women in Islam. CAIR also conducted a poll of Bay Area Muslims asking their views on issues ranging from the Iraq war, Islam and culture and experiences living in America.
See also the video blog Behind the Scenes: The Making of “Islam and the West”

CAIR has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.

For more information, please contact: Sameena Usman, Outreach Coordinator at 408-986-9874 or


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