Identity politics has become a politically charged term, both on the left and the right. At its most essential core, it is when people of a particular racial, religious, ethnic, social, or cultural identity promote their own specific interests or concerns over that of any larger political group. For Muslims in the West, this term has its own implications. How should Muslims think about identity politics and what are the pros and cons? What does it mean to be an American-Muslim in 2019 America? Join us for a fascinating discussion featuring leading scholars Imam Zaid Shakir and Hatem Bazian. This event is in cooperation with Zaytuna College.
Free and open to the public. All are welcome.
IMAM ZAID SHAKIR has taught courses in Arabic, Islamic spirituality, contemporary Muslim thought, and Shafi’i fiqh at Zaytuna College. He presently teaches Islamic history and politics. He speaks and writes on a wide range of topics and has become a voice of conscience for American Muslims as well as people of other faiths. He is regularly included as one of the Western world’s most influential Muslim scholars in The Muslim 500, an annual ranking edited by John Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin. He is also one of the signatories of “A Common Word Between Us and You,” an open letter by Islamic scholars to Christian leaders that calls for peace and mutual understanding. He holds an M.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University. He is one of three co-founders of Zaytuna College and serves on its Board of Trustees.
DR. HATEM BAZIAN is Provost, Co-Founder and Professor at Zaytuna College. Dr. Bazian is also a Teaching Professor in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bazian is an adviser to the Religion, Politics, and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley. In 2009, he founded the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at UC Berkeley, Editor-in-Chief of the Islamophobia Studies Journal and Founder and Director of the International Islamophobia Studies Consortium. Dr. Bazian is on the board of several organizations, including the Islamic Scholarship Fund, Muslim Legal Fund of America and Muslim Americans for Palestine, for which he is also the founding president.
Excited to announce our new monthly series starting December!
THE EMPOWERED MUSLIM WOMAN
Our goal: Female Empowerment and Education through Re-Aligning with Islamic Tradition.
If you know your rights, then you can better ensure they won’t be trampled upon, inshaAllah! The class will cover a plethora of women’s topics in depth largely taken from Abu Shuqa’s book “Tahrir al Mara fi Asri Risala”. All questions are welcome in this SAFE space!
Topics over the next 6 months include:
-Slaying Misconceptions: The Liberation of Women at the Time of the Message
-Hidden Female Figures: The Role of Women in Society
-Women in the Masjid: Seen and Heard
-Women’s Attire, Hijab, and Fashion Guidelines
-Beautiful Inside and Out: Women’s Beautification (make up & jewelry)
-Fiqh of Menstruation – Spirituality on Your “Break”
-“Controversial” women’s topics
-Fiqh of Pregnancy and Motherhood
Occurring at 2 different locations each month:
Maryam Islamic Center | 1st Saturday of the month | 11am-1pm
River Oaks Islamic Center | 1st Sunday of the month | 2pm-5pm