Identity politics has become a politically charged term, both on the left and the right. At its most essential core, it is when people of a particular racial, religious, ethnic, social, or cultural identity promote their own specific interests or concerns over that of any larger political group. For Muslims in the West, this term has its own implications. How should Muslims think about identity politics and what are the pros and cons? What does it mean to be an American-Muslim in 2019 America? Join us for a fascinating discussion featuring leading scholars Dr Craig Considine, Imam Zaid Shakir and Hatem Bazian. This event is in cooperation with Zaytuna College.
Free and open to the public. All are welcome.
CRAIG CONSIDINE is a Catholic American of Irish and Italian descent working to build bridges of understanding in American society. His next book, Islam in America: Exploring the Issues (ABC-CLIO, July 2019), is a reference work that provides an objective synthesis of information regarding the historical and contemporary placement of Islamic concepts and traditions in the United States. His previous book, Muslims in America: Examining the Facts (ABC-CLIO, 2018), explores the veracity of controversial claims and beliefs surrounding U.S. Muslims and critically examines some of the leading social and political narratives coming out of the Islamophobia industry. Considine is also the author of Islam, Race, and Pluralism in the Pakistani Diaspora (Routledge, 2017), a transatlantic comparison of the lived experiences of young first- and second-generation Pakistani Muslims and non-Muslims in Boston, MA and Dublin, Republic of Ireland. He holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin (Republic of Ireland), an MSc from the University of London (U.K.), and a BA from American University in Washington, DC. Considine is a native of Needham, Massachusetts.
IMAM ZAID SHAKIR has taught courses in Arabic, Islamic spirituality, contemporary Muslim thought, and Shafi’i fiqh at Zaytuna College. He presently teaches Islamic history and politics. He speaks and writes on a wide range of topics and has become a voice of conscience for American Muslims as well as people of other faiths. He is regularly included as one of the Western world’s most influential Muslim scholars in The Muslim 500, an annual ranking edited by John Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin. He is also one of the signatories of "A Common Word Between Us and You," an open letter by Islamic scholars to Christian leaders that calls for peace and mutual understanding. He holds an M.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University. He is one of three co-founders of Zaytuna College and serves on its Board of Trustees.
DR. HATEM BAZIAN is Provost, Co-Founder and Professor at Zaytuna College. Dr. Bazian is also a Teaching Professor in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bazian is an adviser to the Religion, Politics, and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley. In 2009, he founded the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at UC Berkeley, Editor-in-Chief of the Islamophobia Studies Journal and Founder and Director of the International Islamophobia Studies Consortium. Dr. Bazian is on the board of several organizations, including the Islamic Scholarship Fund, Muslim Legal Fund of America and Muslim Americans for Palestine, for which he is also the founding president.