Event Time and Date

Monday, October 29 2012, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM


For many Americans, the Muslim world is dangerous.

One social derivative of the 9/11 attacks has undoubtedly been rise of Islamophobia: fear of Islam and its believers, Muslims. Most Muslims are now used to and even expect to be discriminated against. Today, the United States lives in a paranoia that threatens its democracy’s very fabric. Conflating Muslim terrorists with Muslim believers not only threatens the security of American Muslims but also of all its citizens.

Come join Haroon Moghul and Paksa at
 Virginia Tech as we try to explore Islamophobia and our present day anxieties. It will be a chance to explore how Islamic law evolved, the political organization of Muslim societies, and how this connects to present-day crises in the world.

Haroon Moghul is a Fellow at New America Foundation in the National Security Studies Program and a Ph.D. Candidate at Columbia University in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. His research focus is Islamic thought in colonial India. He is a Fellow in Muslim Politics and Societies at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law and is on the Board of the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Haroon is an Associate Editor and columnist at Religion Dispatches; his writing has also been featured on al-Jazeera and Foreign Policy. In his novel, "The Order of Light" (Penguin 2006), young Muslims light themselves on fire to protest the authoritarian reality of the Middle East, an eerie forecasting of today's events. Haroon has appeared on CNN, BBC, NPR, The History Channel, and Russia Today. He is a Senior Editor at The Islamic Monthly and a Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He serves as an expert guide to the Muslim heritage of Spain, Turkey, and Bosnia.

Squires, Haymarket Theatre

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Speaker & Lecture