Sunday, March 13, 2011

Aman Ali of 30 Mosques Speaks - Apr 11th!

UC International Programs is inviting an interesting speaker by the name of Aman Ali of to campus on:

Monday, April 11th
7-8:30 pm
500 Swift Hall

Attached please find more information about “30 Mosques in 30 Days: An American Ramadan Road Trip Adventure.”

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Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq: 30 Mosques in 30 Days – An American Ramadan Road Trip Adventure


Bassam Tariq and Aman Ali
During Ramadan 2010, Islam’s holy month of fasting and reflection, New Yorkers Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq took a road trip across America, stopping each evening to break their fasts at a different mosque in a different state. The two drove over 13,000 miles during the trip and blogged about it daily on their web site. 
During the trip they prayed inside the infamous “Ground Zero Mosque” in Manhattan, got pulled over by a cop in Mississippi, and visited the first mosque ever built in the U.S. in Ross, North Dakota – a town with only 48 people in it. Along the way they met the protagonists of Dave Eggers’ bestselling Zeitoun, Cambodian Muslim victims of the Khmer Rouge, a Pakistani-Mormon couple, and many, many others, all of whom are part of the diverse Muslim-American community. 
Their journey explores what it means to be Muslim in America today, and serves as a powerful counter-narrative to the media’s image of a monolithic Islam, receiving coverage on ABC News, CNN, Time, NPR, Fox News, Huffington Post and Al-Jazeera English.  Aman and Bassam will be visiting the other 20 states during Ramadan 2011 – so stay tuned!

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