The Development of Muslim Leadership in the U.S.
Webinar Panel Discussion
Zain Abdullah, Temple University
David Grafton, Hartford Seminary
Shabana Mir, American Islamic College
Moderated by Natana DeLong-Bas, Boston College
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Time: 4 - 5pm EST
The presence of Islam in the United States can be traced to the arrival of slaves from Africa in the 17th century. Today, there are over 3.5 million Muslims in America representing a diversity of backgrounds. Approximately one-third of the community is African-American, one third is of South Asian descent, one quarter is of Arab descent, and the rest are from all over the world. The Boisi Center is interested in the fairly recent development of the US-based training of Muslim community leaders and imams, those Muslims who may lead Islamic worship, serve as community leaders, and provide religious guidance and pastoral care. This webinar will explore the academic development of future US-based Muslim leaders and how the traditional role of foreign-born leaders is being expanded beyond scriptural mastery to encompass supporting Muslims as they navigate the diverse American cultural landscape.
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