2017-02-15 / Community

Presentation about Islam in America nears in Kennebunk

 KENNEBUNK — The Kennebunk Free Library will offer a presentation about Islam and America by University of New England professor and author Anouar Majid called “Islam and America in a Turbulent World” next month.

Majid will shed light on the unexamined meaning of Islam in today’s world and discuss how the United States should understand and deal with a powerful religion very few people truly understand during a
presentation at the Kennebunk Free Library at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 8.

In this timely lecture, Majid, a native of Tangier, Morocco, and managing director of UNE’s operations in Morocco, will discuss the relationship between Islam and the West, Islam’s place in the modern world, and how both Americans and Muslims can better understand each other. Majid has spoken frequently about the commonalities between Islam and the West, including an over-emphasis on orthodox beliefs and the importance of fostering conversations and embracing dissent.

Majid is the vice president for global affairs and communications at UNE and the founding director of the Center for Global Humanities and the Tangier Global Forum. The founding chair of UNE’s Department of
English, which he headed from 2000 to 2009, Majid conceived and established UNE’s campus in Tangier.

An acclaimed author, he has published widely on the relationship between Islam and the West. He is the author of “Islam and America: Building a Future Without Prejudice;” “We Are All Moors: Ending
Centuries of Crusades Against Muslims and Other Minorities;” and “A Call for Heresy: Why Dissent is Vital to Islam and America,” among other works of nonfiction.

Majid also is the author of the novel “Si Yussef,” and his writing has also been published in Cultural Critique, Signs, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Washington Post, and other publications. Majid is the editor of Tingis (tingismagazine.com), a free online magazine dedicated to a new reading of Islam and its traditions.

This program is free and wheelchair accessible.    

The Kennebunk Free Library is at 112 Main St. in Kennebunk, Maine.

For more information, call 985-2173 or visit our website, www.kennebunklibrary.org.

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