The International Museum of Muslim Cultures Celebrates 8 Years
The Muslim American community is one of the fastest growing religious-cultural communities in America. It is very diverse and represents indigenous Americans—to include African Americans, European Americans, Native Americans, and Latino Americans--and immigrant Americans who migrated from every continent and country of the world. This ethnic melting pot shares a common belief and way of life, Islam. However, they represent very diverse Ethnic and cultural communities that are assimilating within the American culture. As the Muslim community continues to progress in America, they face many challenges that can also provide opportunities to positively influence America.
To address these challenges and opportunities the International Museum of Muslim Cultures is celebrating its 8th anniversary with a special conference, July 10-12, in Jackson, Mississippi. The conference theme is “Islam at a Crossroad in America”, and comes on the heels of President Barack Obama's speech in Cairo, his European tour and strategic visit to Turkey, where he extended a friendly hand of partnership to the Muslim world.
The conference begins the dialogue of addressing the "partnership with America" among the Muslim American leadership and will address the challenges that Muslims in America face and how they can utilize their way of life and faith as a vehicle to positively influence and contribute to the American story. MANA's Amir, Imam Siraj Wahhaj will be honored for his sustainable dedication and service to the Muslim community in America.
The conference’s emphasis is on how Muslims can become more fully engaged within America, among its many cultural and faith communities. The goal of the conference is to explore how and where our challenges as Muslims intersect concerns of the American society as a whole.
Conference presentaions will cover Islamic leadership, its diversity, and finding unity and a leadership model in America equipped to forge this partnership with America; civil rights and civic responsibility; the Latino Renaissance; the Timbuktu Roundtable: A conversation about the historical role of Islamic African leadership in Africa’s development and its prospects for African Americans today; Youth’s Islam: Hip-Hop, Spirituality and the Arts; Islamic Banking and the Economic Crisis; Healthy Family and Marriage Relationships; and Interfaith Dialogue: the Global Call for Peace.
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