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Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace

Islamic Lecture Series

Islamophobia panel

Recognizing the importance of fostering conversations that explore the diverse and multidimensional facets of Islam, the Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace established the American University Islamic Lecture Series in August 2009. Entitled “Engaged Conversations: Perspectives on Islam and Contemporary Global Issues,” the lecture series explores critical topics related to Islam and Muslims in a globalized world and features a diversity of speakers, both scholars and practitioners, from the DC metro area. Past topics have included:

  • 2008- 2009 Series
    • Islam and Peace
    • Minority Rights and Pluralism in Islam
    • Islam and the Environment
  • 2009-2010 Series
    • Muslim Women Peacebuilders
    • Interfaith Dialogue and Action
  • 2010-2011 Series
    • Islamic-American Peacemaking
    • Exploring the Tensions Between Pluralism and Marginalization within the Muslim Community
    • Combating Islamophobia
    • Dialogue on Identity
  • 2011-2012 Series
    • What can Islam Contribute to Transitions in the MENA Region?
    • Islam, Policy, and the Changing Doctrine of Multiculturalism
    • Beats of Faith

In collaboration with the Mohammed Said Farsi Chair, the Center for Peacebuilding and Development, the International Peace & Conflict Resolution Program, the American University Muslim Students Association, and the International Legal Studies Program at the Washington College of Law have played key roles in implementing and sustaining the Islamic Lecture Series.

For suggestions of guest speakers and topics, please email Sarah Schmidt at