An Invitation to Discussion on The Islamic State: Responsibility and Response
Saturday May 21, Time TBD
@ John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York
The West’s wars in the Middle East and the rise of violent extremism present a serious threat to global peace and security. Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crimes are rippling through American Muslim communities with a force greater than in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. The American Muslim community is extremely concerned about 1) how war in the Middle East fuels terrorism; 2) the rise in Islamophobia; 3) how ISIS distorts Islamic doctrine; and 4) how Islamophobic rhetoric is being used by ISIS to recruit American Muslims.
This panel takes a look at 1) the root causes for terrorism and the need to hold the West accountable for the circumstances that led to the establishment and spread of ISIS; 2)a national project by and for Muslims that aims to take Islam back from extremists; and 3)creating an opportunity for Muslims and non-Muslims to have a brave conversations about the 25 year-old Gulf War, 9/11, Islamophobia as the lay ideology of the United States Empire, and what the Muslim community can do to counter extremism.
Susan Smith — Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center and Muslim Peace Fellowship
Arun Kundnani — Professor at New York University, Author of “The Muslims are Coming!”
Daisy Khan — Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE) and Today’s Islam
Abdelhamid Siyam — Rutgers University, Al Quds Al Araby International Newspaper, and the United Nations
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