With support from the British Council’s “Bridging Voices” program, King’s College London and George Mason University are jointly running a project to explore these themes and questions through research, writing, digital and social media, as well as other forms of cultural production (learn more)
“True Islam taught me that it takes all of the religious, political, economic, psychological, and racial ingredients, or characteristics, to make the Human Family and the Human Society complete.”
With deep social and political polarization in both the United States and Europe—and against a backdrop of rising anti-Muslim sentiment, heightened politics around race, and the #metoo movement—how are Muslim communities in the United Kingdom and the United States making sense of and responding to renewed debates on gender, race, and securitization? With much that unites them, but also significant differences in their respective experiences, what are the key points of convergence and divergence in how Muslims in the US and the UK are thinking about the present moment? To what extent is it relevant to think of an emerging space of intellectual, cultural, and political exchange—a “Muslim Atlantic”—that encompasses these dialogues and debates?
This spring we launched the first Muslim Atlantic workshop at the annual British Islam Conference held by New Horizons in British Islam in London. As a part of the Bridging Voices project, these roundtable workshop sessions worked around the theme of ‘Gender in the Muslim Atlantic’ and focused on the sparking discussions on difficult issues including sexuality, abuse in the post #MeToo era and gender lines in Muslim communities across the Atlantic. Read more Here.
We have collected some articles, songs, and other resources that you may be interested in, from Aina Khan’s article about Black Muslims in the UK to the influence of African Islam on blues music explored in recent US theatre production “American Griot”