February 23, 2016, Washington, DC. Rumi Forum organized a discussion titled “Islamophobia in America: Causes, Challenges and Solutions” as part of its Luncheon Speaker Series. Nathan Lean, Director of Bridge Initiative at Georgetown University’s, was their guest speaker. The event was attended by about 30 participants.
Nathan Lean, opened the event explaining about the history and rise of Islamophobia, including the challenges faced by muslim communities and other groups. He also touched on the the distorted perspectives of muslims and the misunderstanding of Islam. He also called for all communities to increase their awareness on this issue, learn more about Islam and find ways of tackling Islamophobia.
Nathan Lean, formerly the editor of Aslan Media, is a writer and scholar of the Middle East. He is the author of three books including, most recently, The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims, which has been translated into Arabic, Turkish, and Tamil.
Rumi Forum’s Luncheon Speaker Series attracts diverse interfaith communities to promote dialogue and tolerance within societies. In addition, it aims to foster intercultural dialogue, stimulate thinking and exchange of opinions on supporting and fostering democracy and peace.