Race, Religion, and Contested Identities: A Christian-Muslim Dialogue

September 19, 2023
from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Illustration of different races and cultures

With the rise of White Christian Nationalism, it has become evident how integral race and ethnicity are to religion in America. As Cheryl Gilkes has written, “religion and race operate as two interconnected and co-creative social forces” in America (2010). Religion has been used to produce and maintain oppressive and prejudicial systems and it has been a beacon of hope for those who would resist a dominant culture. This panel discussion, sponsored by the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, will explore the intersection of race and religion for Muslims and Christians.

Event will be livestreamed here: https://www.facebook.com/hartfordinternational

Here are the participants for our panel:

  • Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, Distinguished Professor, Community Liaison, and Research Consultant for the Howard Thurman Center, HIU
  • Imam Zaid Shakir, co-founder of Zaytuna College
  • Mona Siddiqui, Distinguished Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies, HIU
  • Scott Thumma, Professor of Sociology of Religion, HIU
  • Conversant: Bilal W. Ansari, Faculty Associate in Muslim Pastoral Theology, Co-Director of MA in Chaplaincy, Director of Islamic Chaplaincy program
  • Moderator: David D. Grafton, Director of the Macdonald Center


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