Episode S1 | E7

Exploring 21st Century Islam: Roles, Rights, Traditions, and Upheaval

Air Date: Aug 21, 2016

About this episode

A wide-ranging discussion with three American Muslims offers widely varied points of view on developments within Islam and in the relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in the United States, the conflict withing the Muslim world and between parts of the Muslim world and the United States and its non-Muslim allies.

About the guests

Nihad Awad

Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Council on American-Islamic Relations

Nihad Awad is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest non-profit Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. He has been frequently interviewed on national and international media such as CNN, BBC World Service, PBS, C-SPAN, NPR, The New York Times, The...

Raza Bokhari

North American Point of Contact for former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf

Raza currently serves as the Managing Partner of RBx Capital, LP, a private equity fund in formation that is focused on investing in all segments of the US laboratory testing market, including pharmacogenomics enabled personalized medicine. Raza also volunteers his time as President Musharraf’s North American Point of Contact. He was elected as the...

Asra Nomani

Former Wall Street Journal reporter & Co-Founder of the Muslim Reform Movement

Born in Bombay, India, in 1965 to a conservative Muslim family, Asra Q. Nomani grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia, becoming a reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Ms. Nomani returned to her home in Morgantown, where she wrote Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam, a manifesto for reform and women’s rights,...

Manal Omar

Associate V.P., Center for Middle East and Africa, U.S. Institute of Peace

Currently with USIP as the Acting Vice-President for the Middle East and Africa Center, Manal continues to travel across the Middle East working with civil society.  Previously, Manal was working as the Regional Program Manager for the Middle East for Oxfam – Great Britain. She worked to respond the emergency humanitarian crisis in Palestine and...