Whither Muslims after Victory of Trumpism?

That the result of the 2016 presidential election was disappointing for many – more than 50% of the U.S. population – is well understood. History was made, and cannot be reversed. We can only move forward. Muslim Americans have repeatedly bounced back from national crises and catastrophes that threatened to marginalize and punish them. This crisis may be no different. Just hope that Trumpism does not last longer than Trump.

There may even be a silver lining in this cloud.

Your thoughts?

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Global Civic Engagement: The Neighbors ‘Next’ Door

In today’s world of interdependent vital interests and complex cross-border issues, the neighbor next door may as well be the one across miles of distance and culture. As Muslim Americans become more in tune with civic engagement, they must also set their sights on engaging globally as citizens of a world that has become the proverbial village. The United Nations Association of the United States and its various chapters including that in the National Capital Area – the largest and oldest of them all – offer a platform to American Muslims as to all Americans.

Your comments on the attached presentation will be welcome.

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American Muslims: Vanguard of an active citizenry?

The 2016 presidential election has galvanized the Muslim community in the United states as perhaps never before. Voter registration campaigns and then get the vote out efforts became as common an activity of community centers and mosques as education programs. Yet, the stigma of mosques as centers of isolation or refuge from the society at large continues to prevail. Dr. Mario Peucker has examined such a question in  the context of Eurpoean and Australian Muslims. You can read Dr. Puecker’s analysis below and ask yourself: How much of the American Muslim community do you see or not see in that analysis?

Please post a comment and share your thoughts. Thank you.

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Muslim community organizations – sites of active citizenship or self-segregation?

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01419870.2016.1247975

Abstract
Ethno-religious community organizations in Western countries have often been described as being disconnected from mainstream society, and Muslim community groups have been a special focus of such critique. This article offers a counter-narrative to these widespread allegations. It draws on a synthesis of emerging research on the citizenship-enhancing effects of mosque involvement and on an explorative study involving thirty in-depth interviews with civically active Muslims in Australia and Germany. The article examines the potential of Muslim community organizations to mobilize their member into performing their citizenship through civic and political participation. It offers empirical evidence that many Muslim community organizations, rather than promoting social segregation, act as accessible entry point for Muslims’ civic participation, facilitate cross-community engagement and provide gateways to political involvement. These civic potentials of Muslim community organization have remained underestimated in the public and political discourse on cohesive societies and healthy democracies.

Kind wishes
Mario

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Dr Mario Peucker

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing
Victoria University, Melbourne

Latest publication:

Muslim Citizenship in Liberal Democracies. Civic and Political Participation in the West (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) 

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01419870.2016.1247975

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Seniors Group at ADAMS Issues a Newsletter

ROSE Club (ROSE stands for Retired & Retiring Organized Seniors Energized), which meets every Friday at 10 AM at ADAMS Center (All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center), has issued its quarterly newsletter. You can read it here. Your comments are welcome.

ROSE Club Newsletter, Vol. 1 No. 1 (April 2015). Click here: ROSE CLUB NEWS-1-1-Rev

ROSE Club Newsletter, Vol. 1 No. 2 (June 2015). Click here: ROSE CLUB NEWS Vol 1. No. 2

ROSE Club Newsletter, Vol. 1 No. 2 (Sept.-Dec. 2015). ROSE CLUB NEWS-October 2015