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Daisy Khan, Muslim Women’s Activist and ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Proponent, to Keynote ‘Muslim Journeys’ at LIU Post

Series of lectures, exhibits and book discussions Oct. 7-Nov. 13 on Muslim faith, history, arts and current affairs


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University

Muslim JourneysBrookville, N.Y. -- Conflict in Muslim countries and the perception of a “clash of civilizations” have led to a superficial understanding of Islam – one that ignores the complexity and diversity of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims and their culture’s rich history.

LIU Post will offer a more nuanced view in “Muslim Journeys,” a five-week series of lectures, exhibits, book discussions and panels on everything from Islamic art to the roles of Muslim women. All programs are free and open to the public and have been made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities.

The keynote event is “Islamic Traditions of Peace and Nonviolence: Responding to Contemporary Challenges,” a talk by Daisy Khan, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall.

Khan, who emigrated from India to Jericho, N.Y. as a child, became a prominent public figure in 2010 while defending the proposed mosque and cultural center near the site of the World Trade Center attacks. Khan is married to Imam Faisal Rauf, who proposed the mosque. (They are no longer involved with the project.)

The lead-off lecture is “Napoleon's Invasion of Egypt: A Crucial Meeting Islamic and Christian Cultures” by LIU Post senior research fellow and renowned Egyptologist Dr. Bob Brier on Monday, Oct. 7 at 12:30 p.m. in the Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall. On Wednesday, Nov. 7, a day-long conference in Tilles Center for the Performing Arts will include lectures or panel discussions on “Integrating Muslim Students in Schools,” “Creating Cultural Sensitivity about South Asia through the Arts” and “Oral Histories of Muslim Youth in NYC.”

Other lectures in “Muslim Journeys” include “Sexuality, Islam and the War on Terror” by Dr. Shaireen Rasheed, LIU Post professor of education; “Geometry and the Art of Islam” by Dr. Anne Burns, LIU Post professor of mathematics, and many more. The full schedule can be seen at

The B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library at LIU Post was one of those nationally selected to receive the “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys” from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

The “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys” is a collection of books, films, and other resources chosen with a view to familiarizing the American public with Islam and the cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations around the world. It is intended to address both the need and the desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations. The resources are available to users of the library.

“The ‘Muslim Journeys Bookshelf’ was welcomed by the library since it provides selected resources and perspectives needed for a more knowledgeable understanding of Muslim history and cultures,” said Manju Prasad-Rao, head of the Instructional Media Center and project director at the library. “It also enriches the library’s mission of providing multicultural programming and fostering community conversations. I am pleased that the Bookshelf was enthusiastically greeted, and given momentum, by the participation of LIU Post campus faculty and local scholars. We now look forward to the many wonderful lectures, book and film discussions, and conferences.”

Posted 09/16/2013

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