Indivisible Tacoma Presents Humanities WA Program: “American Muslims: History, Culture, and Politics”

Date(s) - 10/04/2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm



Indivisible Tacoma Presents a Humanities Washington Program: “American Muslims: History, Culture, and Politics”

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.

For additional information, visit the Humanities Washington website.


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