Islam in the Time of Trump
Speaker: Salam Al-Marayati, President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council
Location: Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de Los Marquez
Cost: $15 CIR Members; $20 Non-members & Guests; students and faculty attend for free.
During the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump proposed to establish a U.S. Muslim registry and that all Muslim immigrants would be banned from entering the United States. How would such a policy impact the civil rights of American Muslims, the third largest religious group in the U.S.? In Europe, the Syrian Refugee crisis has also given rise to powerful anti-Muslim sentiments. How may we push back against what Salam Al-Marayati has termed “an inquisition mentality toward American Muslims”? In the battle of ideas in the Muslim world today, Salam asserts that “‘Islam in the West is part of the solution‘ in the reconciliation of that paradigm of Islam v.s. the West.”
Salam Al-Marayati is nationally recognized for his commitment to improving the public understanding of Islam and policies impacting American Muslims. He is president and co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council and oversees MPAC’s groundbreaking civic engagement, public policy, and advocacy work. He is an expert on Islam in the West, Muslim reform movements, human rights, democracy, national security, and Middle East politics and he has spoken at the White House, Capitol Hill and represented the U.S. at international human rights and religious freedom conferences.
Al-Marayati’s writings have appeared in every major national news publication (including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times). His most recent op-ed appeared in the LA Times on why Muslims don’t need Trump to tell them when to report criminal activity. He has been featured on national and international news outlets (including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and C-SPAN).
Salam is an adjunct faculty member at Bayan Claremont and a board member of the Muslim Reform Institute. Deeply involved in interfaith activities, he was co-chair of the Interfaith Coalition to Heal Los Angeles, which formed in the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles uprisings.
Moderating his talk will be Miraj Bukhari-Freyer, and responding to Salam’s talk, and then participating in a panel, will be Samia Assed of the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice.