American Muslims at the Crossroads

March 21, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Knight Conference Center
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
Free and open to the public. Registration is required.
American Muslims at the Crossroads @ Knight Conference Center | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Over the past two years and amidst a deeply divisive presidential election cycle, American Muslims have found themselves at the center of heated social and political debates. One byproduct of this increased attention has been a spike in negatively charged rhetoric and discriminatory acts. American Muslim voices and an accurate understanding of this very diverse community are often missing in the national discourse.

In this context, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) conducted its second annual American Muslim Poll, which is designed to help public officials, civil society stakeholders and other interested parties gain a well-rounded understanding of the American Muslim community. The survey captured the attitudes and opinions of individuals from a variety of religious groups (i.e., American Muslims, Jews, Catholics and Protestants) and Americans who are not affiliated with a religion on topics such as religion, politics, civic engagement patterns and more.

Dalia Mogahed, director of research at ISPU, will present the findings of the survey; this presentation will be followed by a lively discussion with an esteemed panel of guests moderated by award-winning British journalist, author and political commentator Mehdi Hasan.

The panel includes:

  • Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, the director of outreach for the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center in Northern Virginia
  • Zainab Chaudry, spokeswoman and Maryland liaison for the Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • Walter Ruby, the Muslim-Jewish relations programs director at the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
  • Dr. Susan Sherr, study director for Social Science Research Solutions

This event is cosponsored by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute.


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