Islam in the Public Square

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Town Hall Seattle
Cost: $15.00 (includes lunch)
Students free!
Questions: Email us

Dear Friends,

Please join us for a one-day conference on Islam in America, Islam in the Public Square, on Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Town Hall Seattle.

Islam in the Public Square is a gathering of local area leaders to examine the dynamics that have led to the gap in understanding about this religious tradition. We will discuss the many issues clouding the image of Islam and Muslims in America. The conversation will seek to build understanding and tolerance across ethnic and faith lines, and look into ways all of us can confront and overcome the misunderstandings and fears that divide us. Together, as one Seattle community, we will explore ways to work together for peace and justice.


Muslim Americans have been part of the American narrative since our country’s foundation. They have settled in every state, fought in every war and contributed to the diversity that has made America strong. While many minority groups have been embraced and their traditions honored in the public square, Muslims continue to struggle to have their voices heard. The average American has little understanding of the positive contributions of Islam over the centuries to societies worldwide and to America at home. In fact, one out of two Americans holds negative views of Muslims and Islam. A recent Pew survey revealed that only 35% of Americans know a Muslim. More recently, criminal acts of extremists together with hateful rhetoric by certain pundits and electoral candidates have contributed to record high levels of anti-Muslim hate crimes and bullying of children nationwide.



8:30 a.m. Doors Open — Coffee available
9:00 a.m. Introductions — Randolph Urmston
Welcome — Rt. Rev. Gregory Rickel
9:15 a.m. Keynote Speakers: “Understanding Islam and Our Muslim Neighbor”
• Mohamed Jawad Khaki — Ithna-asheri Muslim Association Northwest (IMAN)
• Mahmood Khadeeer — Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS)
• Varisha Khan — University of Washington
• Mark Markuly, PhD — Seattle University School of Theology
• Randolph Urmston, (moderator)
10:30 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. Breakout Session
12:15 p.m. Lunch and Prayer
1:15 p.m. Panel Discussion
• Aneelah Afzali — Attorney
• Mahmood Khadeeer — Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS)
• Mohamed Jawad Khaki — Ithna-asheri Muslim Association Northwest (IMAN)
• Varisha Khan — University of Washington
• Mark Markuly, PhD — Seattle University School of Theology
• Phillip Ginsberg, (moderator)
2:45 p.m. Short Break
3:00 p.m. Film: “Confronting Stereotypes”
3:15 p.m. Breakout Session: “Walking Together”
4:00 p.m. Conclusion


Questions: If you have any questions, please email us here.

3 Replies to “Islam in the Public Square”

    1. Thanks
      My partner and I intend to attend. Thanks for organizing this. How many have registered? I pray for a good turn out. Salam. Maryam


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