A Profile of a Different Type
Welcome to this new blog!
Why this blog? This blog aims at profiling Muslims – no, not the type you are thinking about. It aims to bring into focus a collective profile of the Muslim presence in the United States. Not that this is not being done by others. Just that, our focus will be to document anecdotes and snippets that characterize the Muslim community in its many facets, phases and foibles. The real Muslim community, as it goes about its daily life in a social environment – pluralistic in many ways – that seems sometimes open and sometimes closed to its ‘different-ness’.
Muslim American Life Forum aims at studying and researching the life of Muslim Americans from mid-twentieth century to the present, with particular emphasis on Muslim engagement with society. MALF accepts donation of time and funds to help with research assistance and digitization of historical documents.
And there is more.
We will also cover the two most significant institutions in the Muslim American community: (a) Islamic centers and mosques, with emphasis on governance and strategic management, and (b) Islamic schools, with emphasis on science in the K-12 curriculum.
To get involved with the forum and/or to help with time or funds, please feel free to call 202-630-UNUS.Along the way, we might share comments and commentary on issues of interest.
Iqbal Unus holds a Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (Nuclear Physics, 1977). Notwithstanding his training, he has focused his professional career on the emerging Muslim presence in America, gaining distinctive insight into the progress of the Muslim American community. He is associated with the International Institute of Islamic Thought, where he has worked since 1989 in various positions, including the director of TFI. Earlier, he was secretary general of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He has published several articles in Islamic Horizons, a book chapter in The Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square, and two children’s books, as well as abridged Apostasy in Islam: An Historical and Scriptural Analysis, and edited Muslim American Life: Reflections and Perspectives. He served on the Research Committee for The US Mosque Survey 2011. He is Visiting Fellow at Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. He advises Muslim nonprofits on strategic planning and organization. Beginning in 1970, he has served in several community leadership roles, including past president of the Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada (1975), former Majlis (Board) member of ISNA, and continuing trustee of Amana Mutual Funds Trust, which oversees investments operating on Islamic principles. He received lifetime service awards from Council of American Islamic Relations in 2011 and from ISNA in 2012.
Recently in mid-2016, he has been elected as member of the ISNA Board (Majlis) [www.isna.net] and as director-at-large at the United Nations Association of National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) [www.unanca.org].