Dr. Zuhdi Jasser is a terrific,passionate speaker, and he's in Boston tomorrow to speak at the Ford Hall Forum about Islam and America. Details here:
Engaging questions of faith, fanatics, democracy, and reform
Mona Eltahawy, award-winning New York-based journalist and international lecturer on Arab and Muslim issues; Zuhdi Jasser, Founding Member and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), an American Muslim organization advocating for the separation of mosque and state; and Bilal Kaleem, Executive Director of the Muslim American Society of Boston, join moderator James Carroll, Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Suffolk University, recipient of the James Parks Morton Interfaith Award, and Boston Globe columnist, to address the questions facing Islam, America, and democracy in the twenty-first century.
Thursday, April 22, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Main Function Room, Suffolk University Law School
Open to the public and free. You may register (no cost) here.
Dr. Jasser is a wonderful speaker, I heard him at a forum at Tufts University some years back. I highly recommend attending this forum! Jasser should be quite an antidote to the Muslim American Society strand of Islamism so widespread in our society and media.
Mona Eltahawy is a journalist/writer, you can read her writings here. She spoke at an earlier Ford Hall Forum about three years ago. I was disappointed in her speech back then, which can be summarized as "there's no threat by radical Muslims in the US, it's just Islamophobia, the media only covers the angry bearded Muslims, don't worry - be happy." Will we just hear the same old/same old from Mona at Suffolk?
Bilal Kaleem is the face of the Muslim American Society/Islamic Society of Boston here in Boston. Smart guy (MIT grad), photogenic, courteous and affable, diligently promotes Islam. Kaleem is able to ignore that the parent organization of the MAS is the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt, and that one of the founders of the Muslim Brotherhood's organization in the U.S.is Dr. Jamal Badawi, a trustee of the ISB. Kaleem's wife, BTW, is the Muslim chaplain at Wellesley College. The MAS has a strong presence in the Boston area colleges and in the leadership of several Muslim organizations, including mosques in Sharon, Worcester, Lowell and Revere.
Should be a lively talk!