Geopolitical Summit - Contemporary Global Islam: Confronting Islamophobia in the U.S. and Abroad

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Sixth Geopolitical Summit Presents:

Contemporary Global Islam: Confronting Islamophobia in the U.S. and Abroad

Tuesday, October 10 at 9:30 a.m., Graham Center Ballrooms

As one of the world’s largest and fastest growing religions, Islam exerts significant influence in politics, culture and society across the world. In the years since 9/11, anti-Muslim sentiment has been on the rise in the U.S. and abroad, fueled by fear, misunderstanding and negative stereotypes.

Internationally renowned religious scholar and former CNN commentator Reza Aslan will tackle the global issue of Islamophobia and how policymakers and others can combat the misconceptions that contribute to tension between Muslims and non-Muslims.

An award-winning author and producer, Reza Aslan is a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside and recipient of the prestigious James Joyce Award. His first book, international bestseller No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, was named one of the 100 most important books of the last decade by Blackwell Publishers.

Aslan served as an Executive Producer on the ABC drama, Of Kings and Prophets, and on the Emmy-nominated documentary series The Secret Life of Muslims. His #1 New York Times bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, has been optioned by Lionsgate and producer David Heyman with a script penned by Oscar nominated screenwriter, James Schamus. Aslan’s upcoming book, God: A Human History will be released in November 2017. Zealot and No god but God will be available for purchase at the event.

This event is co-sponsored by the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, its Muslim World Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program and Department of Religious Studies.