Confronting Islamophobia in Tucson

May 19, 2017 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Jewish History Museum
564 S Stone Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701

Photo above: “Desecrated Qu’rans left after a break-in of the Islamic Center of Tucson on the morning of March 13th, 2017”

“Join the Jewish History Museum for our final gallery chat of the season, Confronting Islamophobia in Tucson. This talk will feature long-time local peace activist, nurse, and mother, Rula Khalidi. ”

Free and open to the public.

One response to “Confronting Islamophobia in Tucson

  1. About 35 people at this talk this morning by Rula Khalidi. Opening remarks by E.D. Bryan Davis that these gallery talks were about a “sense of conscience” to “make connections with other vulnerable communities”. Rula started off w/ # of Mulims worldwide (1.3 billion), 3-7 M in U.S., about 3,000 to 7000 in Tucson, but only 40% of American population has actually met a Muslim in person. She went over history of Islam, starting off in the birth place of Mecca, Saudi Arabic, then migration to Medina, with creation of Charter of Medina, signed by one Rabbi and several Imams. She mentioned her Khalidi family library since 1900 in Jerusalem. Islamophobia is an “irrational, exaggerated” fear of Islam, which started up: post 9/11, fear of the Other, due to racism/xenophobia/Orientalism, rejection of multi-culturalism & neo-liberalism, and a tool of geopolitical strategy. But most fears come from the terrorists/extremists. Website called Islamophobia Network – Fear Inc.2.0 is a resource to learn more. She urged “constructive dialogue” and tolerance/understanding. Questions from audience were about Tucson incidents against Muslims, death threats at Mosques, with comments by several in the audience about multi-faith services, Muslim-Jewish peace walks, unity responses needed, here and elsewhere.

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