Panel: 'Freedom of Religion and the Consequences of Politicizing Islam'

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March 30, 2017
4:30 pm

Old Chapel

Room: Great Hall

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission

This series explores the deeper questions, core values, and disruptive ideas associated with freedom of religion in this country, and it will discuss ideas that can shape the future vision for our communities.

The politicization of Islam, whether directed at Muslims in the U.S. or relations between the U.S. and Muslim-majority countries, has taken on increased saliency in recent months. Panelists will discuss various issues related to this including: the status of religious freedom in the U.S. legal system, the political and discursive challenges around defending Islam in the current climate, and the opportunities and pitfalls of coalition building around these issues.  They will also offer some comparative examples of social integration of Muslim communities in the western world.

Panelists include Fareen Parvez, sociology; Amel Ahmed, political science; and Amina Steinfels, religion, Mount Holyoke College. 

Sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office.



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