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Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace

Exploring the Tensions Between Pluralism and Marginalization within the Muslim Community: An Intra-Muslim Dialogue

Date: October 6, 2010

Venue: El-Hibri Foundation

Panelists: Dr. Qamar-ul Huda (Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace), Dr. Muhammed Faghfoory (Professor at George Washington University), Mr. Naseem Mahdi (Vice President of U.S. Ahmadiyya Community), and Jamiah Adams (Writer/Director of Nubian Sisters Media)

Moderator/Facilitator: Professor Mohammed Abu-Nimer (American University)

The first segment of the 2010 Islamic Lecture Series explored the tensions between pluralism and marginalization within the Muslim community in a dialogical format. Invited participants represented diverse groups within the Islamic faith and explored the ways in which they relate to each other across sectarian, ethnic, racial and cultural boundaries. Specific questions that were discussed include: “what are the Islamic theological sources that guide your pluralist beliefs? From what sources do you draw your inspiration?” and “In your work or personal life, what inspiring stories or successful examples have you experienced that have built acceptance and tolerance between and amongst diverse Muslim communities?”. The event was hosted at the El-Hibri Foundation near Dupont Circle. An estimated 60 people were in attendance.