What do Bruce Springsteen, Mahalia Jackson, and John Coltrane all have in common? Well according to Dr. Hussein Rashid of Hofstra University each bear witness to the Islamic Contribution to American Music. This was the title of his lecture at my law school alma mater, Southern Methodist University.
Entries from April 2012
ACTS OF FAITH: INTERFAITH LEADERSHIP IN A TIME OF RELIGIOUS CRISIS
A conversation with Dr. Eboo Patel
Recipient of Hofstra University’s 2012 Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize and Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core
Moderated by Dr. Hussein Rashid
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Religion, Hofstra University
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 4:30-6:30 p.m.
The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, South Campus
Islamic influence on popular American music will be the main topic at forum Thursday at the University of Texas at Arlington.
“Dr. Rashid is able to reach experts and novices alike and sustain their interest,” said Melia Belli, assistant professor of Asian art history in the UT Arlington Department of Art & Art History. “His work is important for many reasons. For one thing, due to the misrepresentation of Islam in the American media and entertainment, most Americans have a very misinformed, negative view of the faith. He reminds us that the Muslim representation in the U.S. is significant and contributes much.”
The bebop and cool jazz of American music will be explored when The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Liberal Arts and School of Architecture welcome back Hussein Rashid, adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University, to the campus next week for the discussion, “Everyday Art: Islamic Contribution to American Music.”