(Washington, D.C. 5/16/05) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today said over 300 people turned out for its “Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism: Causes and Remedies” conference in Washington, D.C. this past weekend. The conference brought together scholars, researchers, religious leaders, and community activists to discuss issues related to the twin phenomena of growing anti-Muslim bigotry in the West and increasing anti-American sentiments in the Islamic world.
Speakers at the event included: former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim; Amnesty International USA Board Chair Chip Pitts; Gerald Michael Feierstein, director of the Office of Regional Affairs, Bureau of Near East Affairs; and Cherif Bassiouni, law professor at DePaul University.
“It was gratifying to see such genuine interest by participants from across the US in a conference aimed at tackling the complex issues of Islamophobia and anti-Americanism, ” said Fouad Khatib, CAIR board member. “We are confident this will enable CAIR to play an active role in formulating positive solutions to check these destructive trends.”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 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.