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Who Speaks for Islam? Media and Muslim Networks
Center for Islamic Studies, GTU
March 2-3, 2009

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Greetings of peace.

On behalf of the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, we warmly welcome you to the workshop: Who Speaks for Islam? Media and Muslim Networks.

This workshop is sponsored by a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and we are very grateful for their tremendous efforts in promoting a better understanding of Islam and Muslims in public life. We are especially honored that they have selected the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union as the venue for this workshop, given our own commitments to studying the intersections of where religion meets the world.

We are looking forward to your participation, and hope that the networking and peer-learning that this workshop offers will enable us to think and work together across our various professions and disciplines, on issues relating to the representation of Islam and Muslims in multimedia.

We hope that in addition to listening to and addressing the various issues and concerns related to the representation of Islam and Muslims, we can find ways to strategize together on engaging various media as well as become better communicators. As we do this, it is important that we also learn about the diverse initiatives and works that are already taking place by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

The work of the Center for Islamic Studies and this workshop would not have been possible without the support of the GTU Office of the President, Office of the Dean, CIS and GTU staff, interns and volunteers, and as always our generous donors. We acknowledge and thank you all.

We thank you, the participants, for your contributions and expertise at this workshop and we look forward to our continued work together.

 

Sincerely,

Munir Jiwa, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Islamic Studies, GTU