Islam is one of the most diverse religions in the United States, and Islam celebrates its diversity. But this diversity can also lead to tensions within the Muslim community. So, how do issues of race, class, language, and geography divide Chicago’s diverse Muslim community? And, at a time when political divisions have reached record levels, how can the community build interracial relationships that transcend these differences? These two questions will guide a moderated panel conversation with four Chicago-area Muslim leaders who work to build interracial coalitions.
Will Caldwell is a convert to Islam and a doctoral candidate in Islam and American religions at Northwestern University. He specializes in the modern history of African-American Muslims, with a focus on issues of race, empire, and internationalism.
Hind Makki is an interfaith educator who develops and delivers trainings on civic integration through interfaith action, anti-racism education, and youth empowerment. She serves on the Islamic Society of North America's Mosque Inclusion Taskforce and is an adviser to the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding project, "Reimagining Muslim Spaces."
Tariq I. El-Amin is one of the leaders of the Community of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed in Chicago. He is also the host of Radio Islam, a Muslim-run and -produced daily call-in talk show, the resident imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa, and the founder and executive director of Bridging the Gap, Inc.
Suroor Raheemullah is a community organizer and board member at Muslim Women's Alliance, a nonprofit focused on empowering and developing women.
Curious City Editor Alexandra Salomon will moderate the discussion, which will be followed by an audience Q&A. Drinks and light refreshments will be served.
The inspiration for this conversation came from a recent Curious City feature about whether Chicago’s Arab and African-American Muslims share the same mosques.