I'll be speaking at BU's Pardee School with their Mizan Project in a conference called "Activism, Advocacy, and Scholarship on Islam in the Digital Realm: Prospects, Progress, and Challenges." My session is labeled "Wild Card," which suits me just fine.
I was blessed to be invited to a conference at the Vatican on Laudato Si, the Papal Encyclical on creation care. Called Our Common Home, I presented a reflection on Laudato Si using the teachings of Imam Jafar as-Sadiq (AS). The conference ended with an audience with the Pope.
REVOLUTIONARY LOVE—Tools, Tactics, and Truth-telling to Dismantle Racism
Friday, April 15 – Sunday, April 17 in New York City
Our nation is in a crisis. Though there is only one race — the human race — racism is a construct with lethal consequences. People die while in its custody. Racism has annihilated the souls of citizens and ripped out the heart of our nation. Recent surveys show that 60% of the people in our nation think race relations are in a significant decline, that our dream for justice and equality is dying on the vine.
At the 10th annual Leading Edge Conference and the 6th annual Transform Network Gathering, we will learn and teach each other the best practical wisdom for movement-making, mingled with theoretical underpinnings and theological reflection. Join thought leaders like Chris Crass, Melissa Harris-Perry, Jim Wallis, Jacqui Lewis, Huseein Rashid, and Miguel De La Torre; and activists like Linda Sarsour, Micky ScottBey Jones and Valarie Kaur. In plenaries, short talks, and small group conversations surrounded by music and art, we will create strategies for change.
Activists, analysts, preachers, poets, prophets, teachers, trainers, writers, queer, and straight folk of all faiths ready to make a change: Come and bring your hopes, disappointments, and dreams. We must disrupt the narrative of white supremacy if we are to be free. We need tools, tactics, and truth-telling to dismantle racism.
Ours is #PropheticGrief. Even in our anger and tears, we are ready to do something, to organize. This is a multi-faith, multi-racial movement. Those of us who are disgusted with the status quo are called to join the movement if we are to save our nation, save our world, and save our souls.
Powered by the Middle Project, Transform Network, The Unitarian Universalist Association, and Auburn Seminary
Dr. Rashid’s presentation entitled “Sounding Off: Making National Narratives through Music” focused on how Muslims integrate different musical expressions to alter national narratives and normalize the presence of Muslims in North America. Dr. Rashid looked at musical genres from hip-hop to qawwali, including the practice of silence. The talk also touched on transnational flows, mixing of traditions, and Muslims ignorance of their own traditions. The question-and-answer revolved around two themes: valuing the human being and the race to cultural amnesia that Muslims are participating in.
They’ve issued a call for papers from community leaders, activists, educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire fellow scholars and community members interested in peacebuilding from Muslim perspectives, by sharing their experiences in resolving family, community and interfaith conflicts. Themes should relate to Family, Community, and Interfaith conflicts, and, within these themes, conflicts based upon gender, age, culture, and race.
The aim is to deeply engage what it means to approach these issues from Muslim perspectives and develop methodologies and models of intervention and prevention to address the range of issues presented.
Join the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, the British Council's Our Shared Future Project, and the Johns Hopkins University's Center for Transatlantic Relations for a panel discussion on the impact of 9/11 on Britain, Europe, and the United States.
H.A. Hellyer, Senior Analyst at the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center and ISPU Fellow, will discuss his latest ISPU policy brief, "Across the Atlantic: Islam, Europe, and the Repercussions of the Attacks" with Jocelyne Cesari Director of the Islam in the West Program, Harvard and JHU University, and Hussein Rashid of Hofstra University. Their discussion of the societal impact of 9/11 will cover Islamophobia, radicalization, and other issues. Sharon Memis, Director of the British Council in the USA, will moderate what is sure to be an engaging and lively discussion.
We hope you will be able to join us for an informative discussion.
November 16th, 2011 at 10:30am-12:00pm
Registration begins at 10:00 am
Johns Hopkins University
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington DC, DC 20036
In 2009, The Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi Society and the New York Open Center began the first of a series of conferences together on the great mystic Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi. We now present the second conference in this series, this one focusing on the relationship of Ibn 'Arabi's teachings to those of Jalaluddin Rumi, the other giant of Sufi mysticism.