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Islam: Debating Democracy, Tolerance, and Terrorism

As Western countries are experiencing the explosive growth of far-right political parties—some of which view Islam and its adherents as existential threats to western civilization—the newly released memoir Letters to a Young Muslim confronts some of the difficult questions facing Muslims today. In the form of personal letters to his sons, H.E. Omar Saif Ghobash aims to inspire the next generation of Muslims to find a voice that is true to Islam while actively and productively engaging the modern world. Ambassador Ghobash examines both the everyday struggles of Muslims, as they face hostility from those who would lazily equate terrorism with their faith—but also the need for Muslims to take an active role against extremist narratives that have attracted many of the faith’s youth.

Join us for a program that will use Ambassador Ghobash’s book as a starting point for a conversation about what it means to be a Muslim in the twenty-first century, and how governments—especially those under pressure from a fearful population—can best engage their Muslim populations.

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