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March 16, 2017. Drawing on a decade of research into the community that proposed the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque," this book refutes the idea that current demands for Muslim moderation have primarily arisen in response to the events of 9/11, or to the violence often depicted in the media as unique to Muslims. Instead, it looks at a century of pressures on religious minorities to conform to dominant American frameworks for race, gender, and political economy. These include the encouraging of community groups to provide social services to the dispossessed in compensation for the government's lack of welfare provisions in an aggressively capitalist environment. Calls for Muslim moderation in particular are also colored by racist and orientalist stereotypes about the inherent pacifism of Sufis with respect to other groups. The first investigation of the assumptions behind moderate Islam in our country, Making Moderate Islam is also the first to look closely at the history, lives, and ambitions of the those involved in Manhattan's contested project for an Islamic community center.

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March 16, 2017. Drawing on a decade of research into the community that proposed the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque," this book refutes the idea that current demands for Muslim moderation have primarily arisen in response to the events of 9/11, or to the violence often depicted in the media as unique to Muslims. Instead, it looks at a century of pressures on religious minorities to conform to dominant American frameworks for race, gender, and political economy. These include the encouraging of community groups to provide social services to the dispossessed in compensation for the government's lack of welfare provisions in an aggressively capitalist environment. Calls for Muslim moderation in particular are also colored by racist and orientalist stereotypes about the inherent pacifism of Sufis with respect to other groups. The first investigation of the assumptions behind moderate Islam in our country, Making Moderate Islam is also the first to look closely at the history, lives, and ambitions of the those involved in Manhattan's contested project for an Islamic community center.

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February 7, 2017. Q&A. After over a decade in the security spotlight, Muslims in the US now find themselves in the cross-hairs of the Trump movement. Islamophobia arguably provides the common thread and rallying call for the various forces that brought the new president to power and for much of the Republican Party. Muslim leaders in the US continue to debate how best to address the challenges of Islamophobia and new policies such as the ban on Muslim immigration. And they continue to debate how and with whom to form alliances. This panel discussed these urgent questions.

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February 7, 2017. After over a decade in the security spotlight, Muslims in the US now find themselves in the cross-hairs of the Trump movement. Islamophobia arguably provides the common thread and rallying call for the various forces that brought the new president to power and for much of the Republican Party. Muslim leaders in the US continue to debate how best to address the challenges of Islamophobia and new policies such as the ban on Muslim immigration. And they continue to debate how and with whom to form alliances. This panel discussed these urgent questions.

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March 1, 2017. Generation Revolution brings to screen the powerful story of a new generation of black and brown activists who are changing the social and political landscape in the capital and beyond. This feature-length documentary film follows an exciting new breed of organisations as well as the young Londoners that are part of them. 

The London Black Revolutionaries, or ‘Black Revs’, have a predilection for dramatic, raucous, direct action: from sabotaging anti-homeless spikes; organising a die-in at the Westfield shopping centre to staging a “Black Brunch” against gentrification. Younger than the Black Revs, R Movement challenge the idea of the ‘Staid and Serious’ political activist. Having formed on social media, they’ve turned online debate into political action. Born out of irreconcilable differences with the Black Revs, The Black Dissidents are a new organisation intent on furthering the fight against oppression along the lines of race, class and gender.

The film vividly chronicles the evolution of our characters as they experience personal and political awakenings, breakthroughs and, at times, disillusionment. Generation Revolution offers a unique and original glimpse into the rewarding but difficult path that must be trodden in the struggle for personal, social and political liberation.

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February 28, 2017. This talk illuminated and discussed the challenges faced by non-Muslims (Christians) living in a Muslim majority where ethno-religious (Malay-Muslim) identity is central through revisiting the controversy over the use of the word 'Allah' by Christians in the Malay language. This talk also highlighted expressions of inter-religious solidarity between Muslims and Christians as both confronted state-led policies governing the practice of Islam in Malaysia.

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February 28, 2017. This talk illuminated and discussed the challenges faced by non-Muslims (Christians) living in a Muslim majority where ethno-religious (Malay-Muslim) identity is central through revisiting the controversy over the use of the word 'Allah' by Christians in the Malay language. This talk also highlighted expressions of inter-religious solidarity between Muslims and Christians as both confronted state-led policies governing the practice of Islam in Malaysia.

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February 23, 2017. Q&A. The Christian communities of modern Iraq have been obliged to adapt to a wide variety of changing religious, political, social and economic circumstances. From the foundation of the state of Iraq in the aftermath of the First World War through to the overthrow of Saddam Husain the Christians have attempted to deal with often highly challenging circumstances. Nevertheless, for the most part Christians have strongly grounded themselves in Iraqi society and have been net contributors. This talk will consider how Christian-Muslim relations have altered over the last one hundred years and reflect on how Christian and Muslim engagements may develop in light of the rise of Da'esh/ISIL and the ethnic cleansing of Iraq's Christian pop.

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February 23, 2017. The Christian communities of modern Iraq have been obliged to adapt to a wide variety of changing religious, political, social and economic circumstances. From the foundation of the state of Iraq in the aftermath of the First World War through to the overthrow of Saddam Husain the Christians have attempted to deal with often highly challenging circumstances. Nevertheless, for the most part Christians have strongly grounded themselves in Iraqi society and have been net contributors. This talk will consider how Christian-Muslim relations have altered over the last one hundred years and reflect on how Christian and Muslim engagements may develop in light of the rise of Da'esh/ISIL and the ethnic cleansing of Iraq's Christian pop.

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February 6, 2017. Q&A. This talk explored—in the context of Islamic West Africa—these two primary (and inter-related) senses of the meaning of the word ‘visionary’: a person who experiences ‘visions’ in dreams, trances, and waking states and a person who provides inspirational leadership for social change. In short, it is an examination of the relationship between the ‘extra-sensory’ sensorium of religious experiences and social action in the Islamic tradition of the African West. For visionary African Muslims, 'visions' were often more real than reality itself and thus had the capacity to transform it. But these visions were not limited to seeing; they were also experiences of sound and smell, touch and taste. The English language—which favors sight among its five culturally constructed senses—offers no better word to describe such all-encompassing sensory experiences than ‘vision.’

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