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Many Faces: A Community Forum on Islam

Program Overview

About 250 community members filled the Knickerbocker Theater the evening of June 07, 2011 to learn and share at the event titled Many Faces: A Community Forum on Islam.

Provided by Gail Harrison, Executive Director of the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance. The evening's emcee and moderator was Dr. Charles Green, Hope College Professor of Psychology. watch recording...

Educational Presentation
An brief overview of Islam and an explanation of various myths and stereotypes was provided by Imam Muaz Redžić of the Bosnian Cultural Center of Grand Rapids. watch recording...
Not all slides were presented at the event due to time constraints; full version is available on YouTube. view all slides...

Short Film Screening
The educational presentation was followed by a screening of the short film titled "A Land Called Paradise". watch video...

Community Panel Question & Answer
For the last hour of the program, audience members were invited to pose questions and/or comments to a panel of four local Muslims who reflected and shared their personal experiences and insights. watch recording...

Special Thanks to


Collaborating Organizations

Alliance for Cultural & Ethnic Harmony
Bosnian Cultural Center of GR
C3 Cultural Exchange
First United Methodist Church
Good Samaritan Ministries
Grand Valley State University
Hope Church RCA
Our Lady of the Lake Parish

Press Coverage

2011-06-05 Holland Sentinel Educational forum on Islam to enlighten community

2011-06-06 Holland Sentinel MY TAKE: Many faces: A chance to learn about your Muslim neighbors


· PBS Islam: An Empire of Faith
· CNN Unwelcomed: Muslims Next Door
· BBC Battle for Islam

· Anti-Terror Lessons of Muslim-Americans

· Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel
· The Heart of Islam: Enduring Values for Humanity by Sayyid Hussein Nasr
· The Future of Islam by John Esposito
Islam the Straight Path by John Esposito
· Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time by Karen Armstrong
· Journey through America: The Challenge of Islam by Akbar Ahmed
· The Muslim Next Door: The Qur'an, the Media, and that Veil Thing by Sumbul Ali-Karamali
· Deciphering the Signs of God by Annemarie Schimmel
· No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan
· Zeitoun: A True Story about Muslim residents of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by Dave Eggers

Upcoming Events

October 04 & 05, 2011
"Exploring Islam" is the theme of Hope College's 2011 Critical Issues Symposium. Delving into the multi-layered diversity of Islam's core beliefs and practices, "Exploring Islam" will embody the College's commitment to open inquiry and civil discourse about differing beliefs and traditions. The Critical Issues Symposium seeks to enhance discernment, understanding and interfaith cooperation for all constituencies of Hope College about a topic of vital importance to our global society. learn more...