Understanding the threat
Radical Islam and its militant offshoots increasingly obscure the ability of Western governments, academia and the news media to see Islam as a religion that is not rooted in the concept of an Islamic state, according to M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., a devout Muslim who founded the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
Jasser, an internationally recognized expert on the politicization of Islam, is a frequent LifeLong Learning speaker, whose talks have been acclaimed for presenting a cogent view of Islam.
At 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, he will review his recent work with AIFD and the Muslim Reform Movement to counter threats of theocratic Islamism and its inspirations. He will discuss theological underpinnings of Islam, and how understanding Islam is often obscured by the media, government, academia and other cultural platforms.
Jasser will also cover associated Islamist links to anti-Semitism, anti-Westernism and efforts to block free speech and religious freedom, and he will look at the problems those ideological security threats pose and present possible solutions.
The U.S. Senate appointed Jasser vice-chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom from 2012-2016. He regularly testifies before Congress on the global Islamist threat and U.S. domestic and foreign strategy.
Jasser is the son of Syrian immigrants, who fled Ba’athist oppression in 1966. He earned his medical degree on a U.S. Navy scholarship at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1992 and served 11 years as a medical officer in the Navy. Jasser is a respected physician, currently in private practice in Phoenix, specializing in internal medicine and nuclear cardiology. He is a past president of the Arizona Medical Association. The Phoenix office of the FBI presented him its 2007 Director’s Community Leadership Award.
“We need to begin inspiring Muslims to be fearless dissidents for freedom, liberty, democracy and universal human rights.” -- M. Zuhdi Jasser
Tickets to all Monday Morning Lectures are $5 at the door of the Renaissance Theater.
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