I am an American, a Muslim, an academic, a believer. I believe the only way to learn is to teach. As a speaker and writer I hope to work with you and your community.
Historically, the United States has defined itself in opposition to groups and ideas, from monarchies to poor people. The 2020 election has strong historical echoes with how the country defined itself at its founding, against Muslims and against Blackness. This talk will trace those echoes, and explore how Muslims are not immune to the racial dynamics of the country.
Muslims in the Movies provides a series of essays that explore the portrayal and reception of Muslims in Euro-American film, transnational productions, and global national cinemas. The volume brings together a group of internationally recognized experts to introduce Muslims in the films of Europe, North America, Australia, Iran, Egypt, North Africa, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The interdisciplinary collection explores issues of identity, cultural production, and representation through the depiction of Muslims on screen and how audiences respond to these images. Together, the essays operate as an introduction to the subject of Muslims and film for new readers while also serving as new works of critical analysis for scholars of cinema.
A group of brilliant Muslim artists, practitioners, academics, and thinkers who, together, are creating a transformative narrative strategy that will offer us the opportunity to change stories, ideas, behaviors and, ultimately, society.
Our generation is faced with a daunting task: stop climate change. But how? Dr. Rashid, who has witnessed his home city of New York transition from a sub-temperate to a sub-tropical climate in his lifetime, explains that it is more than just individual responsibility. There are individual choices that we can make but ultimately when a handful of corporations are responsible for over 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions, it is hard to place responsibility on individuals. That does not mean, however, that we as individuals do not have power. Dr. Rashid says,
Those companies are all regulated by our governments. They are not governments in and of themselves and we can see the ways in which these companies are leveraging governments to not pay any taxes in the context of the United States, to have environmental regulations lifted for them, to get waivers for themselves. They don’t actually vote anybody in. They simply use the money we give them to then buy policies and politicians that create policies that are harmful to us. So essentially, we are paying for our own destruction. And so for me as an individual, I think about the individual things I can do to protect the environment, and I can make an individual decision as to where I am going to do my business.
I'll be responding to my friend and colleague Dr. Khalil Abdur-Rashid on Islam in Society, hosted by The Interfaith Council of The Thanks-Giving Foundation, SMU Perkins School of Theology, and The Dallas Institute.
The event is Oct. 5 at 4PM CST.
Free registration at: https://dallasinstitute.org/faiths
Equality Labs is hosting weekly sessions for the next four weeks on Re-Imagining Muharram & Shi'a Resistance. I'll be speaking during the second week on Practicing Freedom, with an amazing group of panelists, including Sharmin Hossain, Kayla Renée Wheeler, and Hoda Khatebi, with music by Arooj Aftab.
You can register for any, or all, of the events here.
I was asked by the Convention on Founding Principles to join an interfaith invocation. While I do not agree with all the platform points of the group, it was a good opportunity to join other progressives to demonstrate that we can work together, as long as we do not deny each other's humanity.
I've been invited by Congregation Rodeph Sholom to join a conversation on race and religion. The event is free, but registration is required. Details:
With Rabbi Benjamin Spratt, Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson (Auburn Seminary), Hussein Rashid, PhD (Union Theological Seminary), Rev. Dr. Malcolm J. Byrd (Mother A.M.E Zion Church), and moderated by CRS member Lucy Lang.
This timely panel conversation features some of the brightest minds exploring anti-racism work in faith-based communities. Bring your questions and learn how we are uniquely positioned to make a meaningful difference in fighting racism.
A fun little interview I did for Columbia College Today.
What, if anything, about your College experience would you do over?
I tried to go to as many talks as I could on campus, because we had so many great speakers. I always left feeling inspired and interested. I was generally pretty bad at reading further and really getting to know the issues some of these people were speaking about. I vividly remember talks by [civil rights activist] Yuri Kochiyama and [Muslim leader] Warith Deen Mohammed, but really only getting into their work after I left Columbia. We only stand on the shoulders of giants if we make the effort to climb.