Islam, Policy, and the Changing Doctrine of Multiculturalism
Date: February 1, 2012
Location: Abramson Family Founders Room
Panelists: Peter Mandaville (Director, Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies and Associate Professor of Government, George Mason University), Fathali Moghaddam (Professor in Department of Psychology and Director of Conflict Resolution Program, Georgetown University), Sulayman Nyang (Professor in Department of African Studies, Howard University), and Corey Saylor (National Legislative Director, Council on American Islamic Relations)
Moderator: Elizabeth Marsch (Masters Candidate, International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program)
Across the world, the public perception of Muslim immigrants has turned increasingly negative. The tragic events in Norway over the summer has brought to light the depth to which these new challenges are impacting societies. Each country is facing the challenge of how to bridge old and new identities from the level of policy to everyday life. This panel sought to examine what multiculturalism means today and why it intends to integrate Muslim communities. Our panelists offered in depth insights and critiques of multicultural policy. As this topic continues to press countries like France, the United Kingdom and the United States, panelists urged us to look at the historical development of national identities and the placement of Muslims post- 9/11. The panelists left the audience with several questions and areas of improvement. For full audio of the panel, please listen to it on iTunesU.