Muslim-Western Relations During The Middle East Revolutions
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, a voice for Islamic moderation, works to reconcile Muslims and the West and advocates understanding between people of all creeds. His proposal for an Islamic center near Manhattan's Ground Zero raised a furor, especially among conservatives, and raised questions about the basic tenets of Islam and Islamic identity in the West.
The Middle East uprisings spark new questions about the role of religion in government and the proper U.S. response to a changing Arab world. In light of these events, MES@AU, with support from the Social Science Research Council's "Academia in the Public Sphere" program, invited Imam Feisal to discuss his experience as chairman of the Cordoba Initiative and his life's work of bridging the divide between Muslims and the West. Co-hosted by the Islam & World Affairs and Journalism Programs, Washington Semester, and Middle East Studies @ American University, the lecture, held on February 28th, 2011, prompted lively discussion between Imam Feisal and the audience. As part of the "Islam in Focus" grant series, Imam Feisal's presentation was videotaped and is presented in clips below.
Speaking at American University, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf discusses his experience as chairman of the Cordoba Initiative and the proposal to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero.
In this video, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf discusses the growing mass of popular awareness and desire for human dignity that fueled popular protests in Tunisia, Egypt, and beyond, and shares his belief that these protests will go 'all the way.'