Malaysia and the United States are the most successful multicultural and multi-religious countries in the world today. Each country has been substantially strengthened by the presence of ethnic or religious minorities well integrated into their larger and unique cultures. Yet both countries now face potent challenges to that cultural integration, which could threaten their continued legacy of successful development that each represents in the world community.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's life uniquely qualifies him to address these issues. Born in Egypt, he grew up in Malaysia, where his father was a founder of the International Islamic University (IIU). With a Bachelor of Science from Columbia University in NY and a Master of Science from Stevens Institute of Technology, he has been in private business in the USA and on the IIU faculty in Malaysia. As Imam of the Masjid al-Farah in New York for over 25 years, he has consistently promoted a message of understanding between people of all creeds. Now Director of the Cordoba Movement (and the Park51 project) in Manhattan, Imam Feisal is often sent by the US State Department to represent America to Muslim countries worldwide.
Imam Feisal appears regularly at the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum (Davos), and has been interviewed and quoted by the BBC, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, Frontline, and Foreign Policy. His publications include Islam: A Search for Meaning, Islam: A Sacred Law (What every Muslim Should Know About the Shariah), and What's Right With Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West (rated by the Christian Science Monitor as one of its five best books of 2004).''
This event is co-hosted by The Malaysia-America Society, The ASEAN Studies Center, and the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington.