Muslims in America: Dialogues Across Divides and U.S. Policy in the Muslim World
Relations between American-Muslims and society at large have markedly deteriorated in the aftermath of the events of 9/11. The mainstream media’s coverage of world events – from the U.S. military’s campaigns in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq, to the political turmoil of the Arab uprisings, to the atrocities committed by Boko Haram and ISIS – has further exacerbated anti-Muslim sentiment in communities across America. Currently 4 in 10 Americans do not know a Muslim and this makes them susceptible to the fear instilled by sensationalized media coverage.
The Karuna Center for Peacebuilding and Critical Connections seek to reverse this trend through two different series: Muslims in America: Dialogues Across Divides and U.S. Policy in the Muslim World. Both series will use discussions and dialogues to engage participants in a more nuanced, multi-angled analysis of political and social trends in the Muslim world, and lay the foundation for mutual understanding and respect.