Islam in a Multicultural World: Experiences from Malaysia and the United States
On February 25, 2011, the ASEAN Studies Center and the Malaysia-American Society welcomed Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to American University to speak about his experiences living in tolerant, Muslim-majority Malaysia and to share his vision of Islam's role in multicultural societies like the U.S. where they are a distinct minority. The event was supported by the American University Muslim Students’ Association, the Asia Society Washington, D.C., the World Affairs Council-Washington, D.C., and the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. In addition to high-lighting Malaysia's success in maintaining peaceful inter-faith relations, Imam Feisal drew on themes in his book, What's Right with Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West, and on his experience as director of the much-discussed Park 51 (Cordoba) center near Ground Zero in New York City. Following his formal remarks, Imam Feisal fielded a wide range of questions from the approximately 200 attendees, including members of the cosponsoring and supporting institutions, religious figures from the Washington community, and students from AU and other local universities.