The Islamic Center of Lawrence in collaboration with The African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas invite you to attend an open, constructive, and educational conversation presented by a distinguished panel of experts on the subject of "What Every American Should Know about Islam - Debunking the Myths".

The panel discussion will address issues leading to better understanding of (1) the basics of Islamic faith, (2) the pillars of Islam, (3) the concept of God in Islam & discussion of similarities & differences with other faiths, (4) women in Islam, (5) what is the true meaning of Sharia and does it really represent a threat to American Courts and American Law, (6) an honest discussion around the issue of refugees in our society and whether they represent a threat or a struggle for survival, (7) a discussion of the life of American Muslims and their civil rights, (8) and the negative impact of Islamophobia both on American Muslims and our society at large.

Everyone is invited to learn about the impact of these issues on the status quo of our society. The audience will also ask questions and receive answers from the distinguished panelists. The panel will be followed by an exhibition on Islam and Islamic culture (posters and videos).

Light refreshments and traditional pastries will be served.

Tentative speakers include:

  • Beverly B. Mack | Professor | International & Interdisciplinary Studies -Kansas African Studies Center, African/African American Studies
  • Hamid Ghazali | Professor | Alhuda University | Director of Houston Quran Academy
  • Dr. Sofia Khan | KC Physician | Founder of Kansas City for Refugees Organization
  • Dr. Moussa Elbayoumy | Board Chairman, Council on American Islamic Relations- Kansas (CAIR-Kansas)
  • Nadia Igram | KC Attorney
  • Marwa Ghazali | Lecturer KU Department of African & African-American Studies

The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.

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