On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute will host “American Muslims at the Crossroads,” a public event exploring the attitudes and opinions of various faith groups. This event is co-sponsored by the Religious Freedom Center and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU).
Over the past two years and amidst a deeply divisive presidential election cycle, American Muslims have found themselves at the center of heated social and political debates. One byproduct of this increased attention has been a spike in negatively charged rhetoric and discriminatory acts. Often absent from the national discourse are American Muslim voices and an accurate understanding of this very diverse community.
In this context, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding conducted its second annual American Muslim Poll, designed to help public officials, civil society stakeholders and other interested parties gain a well-rounded understanding of the American Muslim community. The survey captured the attitudes and opinions of individuals from a variety of religious groups (American Muslims, Jews, Catholics, and Protestants) as well as Americans who do not affiliate with a religion, on topics such as religion, politics, civic engagement patterns and more.
Dalia Mogahed, director of research at ISPU, will present the findings of the survey. Her presentation will be followed by a lively discussion with an esteemed panel of guests, moderated by award-winning British journalist, author, and political commentator Mehdi Hasan. Panelists include Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, director of outreach for the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center in Northern Virginia; Zainab Chaudry, spokeswoman and Maryland liaison for the Council on American-Islamic Relations; Walter Ruby, the Muslim-Jewish relations programs director at the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding; and Dr. Susan Sherr, vice president of demographic and policy research at Social Science Research Solutions.
The event will take place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center, located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C., 20001. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required.