Book Launch at the Brookings Institution

Thursday, June 24, 2010, 10:00 am — 11:30 am

The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

The nearly seven million Muslims living in the United States represent an increasingly important part of American society. Yet relations between the U.S. and its Muslim community are strained. Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow Akbar Ahmed conducted a study of the American Muslim community, recounted in his new book, Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam. The book examines questions of the acceptance of Muslims as truly “American,” and what being “American” means, as well as issues such as how Muslims in the United States relate to other religious communities. The book also explores the potential threat of increased in “homegrown terrorism” like the attempted bombing of Times Square and the deadly shooting spree at Fort Hood.

On June 24, the Brookings Institution will host a discussion on the findings of the book and the experience of being Muslim in America. Following the presentation, Imam Mohamed Magid, vice president of the Islamic Society of North America, will discuss Ahmed’s book and the crucial issues he raises. Fellow Stephen Grand, director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, will provide introductory remarks and moderate the discussion.

After the program, the speakers will take audience questions.

Introduction and Moderator
Stephen Grand

Fellow and Director, U.S. Relations with the Islamic World
The Brookings Institution

Featured Speaker
Akbar Ahmed

Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University

Imam Mohamed Magid

Vice President
Islamic Society of North America


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