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December 29, 2019 @ 10:00 am 4:30 pm

ISPU is coming to the 2019 MAS-ICNA Convention in Chicago! We hope you’ll come visit our sessions in RM S106 on Sunday, December 29—we’ll be there all day.

A Mercy to Humanity: American Muslim Views on Poverty and Philanthropy

10–11 a.m. | RM S106

Muslim Americans fair better socioeconomically than other minority Muslim populations around the globe. But what is the state of low socioeconomic status in the American Muslim community? What do American Muslims believe causes poverty? Taking care of the economically disadvantaged and charitable giving are both part of the DNA of Muslim communities. Muslim giving is primarily motivated by religious obligation and the sense that those with more should help those with less. So, what does philanthropy in Muslim American communities look like? Who do Muslims give to and what causes are their priorities? Does Muslim American philanthropy match their priorities?

Moderator/research overview: Petra Alsoofy

Panelists: Aisha Aladawiya, Altaf Husain

Breaking the Taboo: A Conversation about Sexual and Domestic Abuse in the Community

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | RM S106

With 8% of American Muslims reporting that they know someone personally who has been the victim of unwanted sexual advances from faith leaders, and 13% reporting that they know someone who was a victim of domestic violence, it’s time to have this conversation. What can Muslim institutions and leaders do to prevent future abuse? How can we care for victims without losing faith in our institutions?

Moderator/research overview: Petra Alsoofy

Panelists: Sameera Ahmed, Altaf Husain, Alia Salem

Islamophobia Isn’t What You Think

1:45–2:45 p.m. | RM S106

Islamophobia is linked to bigotry against other minority and marginalized groups. Anti-Muslim bias is a branch on the tree of bigotry, sown from the same soil that grows anti-Black racism and antisemitism. What does ISPU’s Islamophobia Index tell us? Which faith groups are likely to have strong relationships with Muslims? And what recommendations does ISPU have for combating Islamophobia?

Moderator/research overview: Dalia Mogahed

Panelists: Hatem Bazian, Margari Hill, Nihad Awad

Building from the Ground Up: How to Increase Muslim Political Power

3:30–4:30 p.m. | RM S106

What does Muslim American political and civic engagement look like? Are Muslims more private or public in their religious devotion? And what is the relationship between religious devotion and civic engagement? Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at ISPU, will share data answering these questions and more.

Moderator/research overview: Dalia Mogahed

Panelists: Linda Sarsour, Safaa Zarzour

Sessions with ISPU Director of Research Dalia Mogahed

Interfaith Luncheon: Role of Religion in an Era of Politics of Hate

Saturday, December 28 @ 12:00–1:30 p.m. | Rm S101

Dare to Lead: Mentoring Next Level Women Leaders

Saturday, December 28 @ 3:30–4:30 p.m. | Rm S105A

You Say I Dream Too Big, I Say You Think Too Small

Saturday, December 28 @ 10:30–11:00 p.m. | Hall B

Islamophobia Isn’t What You Think

Sunday, December 29 @ 1:45–2:45 p.m. | S106

Building from the Ground Up: How to Increase Muslim Political Power

Sunday, December 29 @ 3:30–4:30 p.m. | S106


December 29, 2019
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
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