Too often, Muslims are still discussed as “the other” in American society—a group confined to discussions about marginalization or radicalization. But these discussions have largely ignored that the American Muslim experience is an American experience.
Led by University of Washington Tacoma professor Turan Kayaoglu, this talk explores how American Muslim identities have shaped and been shaped by American culture, history, and politics. A story covering four centuries, this talk connects Muslim life under slavery, the emergence of the Nation of Islam in the context of the Great Migration and the race relations of the 1920s, the Immigration Act of 1965, the involvement of Muslims in the development and spread of the blues, and American Muslims’ embrace of standup comedy. Touching on issues such as the interaction of racial, cultural, and religious identities; the politics of immigration and citizenship; and interfaith and religious dialogue; this talk uncovers how American Muslims have been integral to American experience.
- July 18, 2017
- Bonney Lake Library
18501 90th St. E. Bonney Lake, WA 98391 United States
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Speakers Bureau talks are free public presentations on history, politics, music, philosophy, and everything in between. Humanities Washington’s roster of presenters are professors, artists, activists, historians, performers, journalists, and others—all chosen not only for their expertise, but their ability to inspire discussion with people of all ages and backgrounds. All talks are free and open to the public, and each lasts about an hour. They are hosted through a wide range of organizations throughout Washington State.