American Muslim identity presently hangs under a dark cloud of suspicion. Ironically, as Dr. Amir Hussain demonstrates, there has never been an America without Muslims. The American tapestry is woven, in part, with Muslim threads.

Dr. Amir Hussain, Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, will appear on a panel the evening of Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 at the National Press Club to discuss his recent book, Muslims and the Making of America (Baylor University Press, October 2016). He will be joined by Melissa Rogers, most recently known for her work as Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships during the Obama administration, and Rebecca Samuel Shah, Senior Fellow of the Religious Freedom Institute and Associate Director of the Religious Freedom Institute’s South and Southeast Asia Action Team.

The panelists will discuss Muslim American identity, Muslim contributions to America, religious freedom and other First Amendment issues, and the social and political impact of cultural stereotypes of Muslim identity. The forum will be open to questions from the audience.

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Due to an overwhelming response, online registration for this event is now CLOSED. If you would like to be added to the event waitlist, please email Grant_Jones2@baylor.edu. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.


Our event will be held on the evening of March 14th at:

The National Press Club

529 14th Street NW

13th Floor

Washington, D.C. 20045

Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6:00 pm in the Holeman Lounge before the panel commences at 6:45 pm. Immediately following the panel, Dr. Hussain will host a book signing where copies of his book will be available.

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The panel is jointly sponsored by Baylor University Press and the Religious Freedom Research Project of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University