MHC's Annual Islamic Conference March 31

Posted: March 26, 2007

UMMA, the Muslim Student Association of Mount Holyoke, will host the second annual Islamic conference titled "Islam and the Twenty-First Century" Saturday, March 31, from 1:30 to 9:30 pm in Chapin Auditorium. The conference will explore the religion's role, effect, conflict, and evolution in the modern day.

Here is the conference schedule.

Jihad Misunderstood
1:30-3 pm
Imam Mahdi Bray, executive director of the Muslim American Society, Freedom Foundation (MAS) and president of the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations (CCMO)
Jihad is often equated to "Holy War," conjuring images of terrorists in the Middle East proclaiming death to the infidel, and since 9/11, it has become a household word. Muslims around the world believe in the concept of Jihad, but it is not at all that you think it is.

Muslim Women in America
Zareena Grewal, Ph.D., professor of American studies at Yale
In the past few years, Muslims in the United States, especially women, have become one of the most visible and scrutinized minority. Being a Muslim woman in America is often radically different than being a Muslim woman in another part of the world--for better or for worse.

Muslims in the Ethnic Spectrum
5:45-7 pm
Imam Talal Eid, Th.D., director of religious affairs of the Islamic Institute of Boston
Muslims are made of every ethnicity imaginable, from Irish to Iranian, Kenyan to Korean, and Brazilian to Bengali. In the United States, these countless ethnicities mix, mingle, marry, and argue in a unique situation that has given birth to MSA politics, Mosque politics, and often times, ethnic tensions.

My Journey To Islam in America
7:45-9 pm
Imam Abdul Musa
Born in Arkansas as Clarence Reams, Imam Abdul Musa grew up in a time of intense social upheaval in America. In Oakland, he was widely known as "Big Hank," an active and successful drug dealer. After evading the authorities for several years, he was forced to leave the U.S., at one point becoming a leading cocaine exporter in Colombia. After returning to the U.S., he turned himself in as a wanted fugitive and was sent to prison. While incarcerated, Imam Musa converted to Islam. Today, he is a Muslim activist and director of Masjid Al-Islam in Washington, DC. Find out what challenges he faced in the past, the challenges he faces today, and what led him from the drug circuit to Islam.

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