New Media and Everyday Life in the Muslim World: Bloggers
Muslims from all parts of the world since 9/11 are facing discrimination and even threats of violence. For many young people, this post-9/11 world has sparked a new, if not confusing, relationship with their own identities as Muslims. While some young men and women may not have even identified themselves strongly as Muslim before 9/11, they have found that even just their last names may now trigger their being targeted, profiled, and discriminated against. Others, who may have always had a close relationship to Islam and Islamic practices, have been suddenly forced to defend their religion to those who brand all Muslims as terrorists. These difficult times have led young Muslims all over the world to try and find answers, connect with other individuals in similar situations, debate issues, and even subvert commonly held notions of Islam. The ability to use the media for "networking" has been significant for these youth, as many have often felt isolated and have come to find solace in these virtual communities. As one young Muslim said, "Young Muslims are resorting to this virtual world because we have no space in the actual world...'"
Networking has been significant for these youths, as many who feel isolated have come to find solace in these virtual communities, as well as a place where they establish their own presence and express themselves.
This program will be a social networking event focused on how Muslim youth use new media as a way to network with like-minded individuals, find answers to difficult questions, challenge commonly held attitudes and stereotypes about Islam, and to also discuss "taboo" topics.
The speakers at this forum represent a diverse range of perspectives and are composed of practitioners and bloggers as well as journalists and scholars.
* Shahed Amanullah, CEO, altmuslim.com
* Wajahat Ali, Associate Editor, altmuslim.com, author of Goatmilk blog, playwright, and lawyer
* Fatemeh Fakhraie, Editor, Muslimah Media Watch
* Zeba Iqbal, VP, of Council for American Muslim Professionals and AMCLI fellow, American Muslim Civic Leader
* Zeba Khan, social media consultant and writer, founder of Muslim-Americans for Obama
* Monis Rahman, CEO, Naseeb.com
* Imam Suhaib Webb, activist and scholar
Organized by UC Berkeley Centers of South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Co-sponsored by Arab Cultural and Community Center, Naseeb.com, Center for Islamic Studies at GTU, Altmuslim.com