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Scholars, Artists Discuss African American Muslim Experience

Scholars, artists, and community activists convened this weekend at the fourth annual Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program Conference to discuss the experience of African American Muslims and approaches to uniting indigenous and immigrant Muslim communities.

“We don’t have a set agenda. We’re just trying to foster a dialogue,” said professor Ali S. Asani ’77, the director of the Islamic Studies Program and one of the organizers of the conference. “This is such an important part of the history of the U.S. and the history of Islam.”

The two-day conference showcased perspectives of scholars and artists, including a panel about the role of art in the African American Muslim community and a screening of the film “The Wayward Son,” about a professional skateboarder who embraces Islam.

Read the rest in the Harvard University Crimson.

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