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Covering Islam & Muslims: A Workshop for Journalists

April 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Sponsored by the Muslim Life Program in the Office of Religious Life, Humanities Council, and Bobst Center for Peace and Justice.


There is no fee. Registration by April 17th is required.


10 – 10.30 AM
Welcome & Introductions
Deb Amos, NPR Journalist & Moderator

10.30 AM – 12.30 PM
The Complexities of Covering Islam & Muslim Debates

In the U.S. and throughout the Muslim World so many individuals and actors claim to speak in the name of Islam with, at times, competing interpretations of Islamic concepts like jihad and shari’ah as well as diverse understandings on the relationship between Islam and politics, secularism, modernity and so on. For journalists making sense of the differences and accurately reporting on the debates shaping Islam today can be quite challenging. This session with scholars of Islam will help explain some of these complexities, offer recommendations on good terminology for covering Islam, help decode some of the anti-Islam / Muslim sentiments in the public discourse and answer your questions.

12.30   – 1.30 PM
Lunch & Networking

1.30 – 3.30 PM
Politics of Being Muslim in America

Muslims are one of the most politicized group of people in America today especially with the rise of Islamophobia and the Alt-Right. In this session you will hear about the history of Islam in America, the diversity of the Muslim communities and the issues they face, and the challenges of integrating Muslim refugees and newly immigrated communities in the age of the Trump presidency.

3.30 – 4.30 PM

Experts Include

Sohaib Sultan, Princeton Univ Muslim Chaplain & Author of The Koran for Dummies
Dalia Fahmy, Professor at LIU-Brooklyn, scholar of Middle East politics
Adnan Zulfiqar, UPenn Law School Fellow and scholar of Islamic Law
Sadaf Jaffer, Scholar of South Asian Islam, Post-Doc at Princeton University
Anisa Mehdi, Documentary Producer
Mucahit Bilici, Sociology Professor and Author of Finding Mecca in America
Sylvia Chan-Malik, Rutgers Professor of American Studies
Raquiba Huq, Immigration Legal Expert






April 23, 2017
10:00 am - 4:30 pm


Office of Religious Life Muslim Life Program