Tomorrow, the Markaz: Resource Center for Engagement with the Cultures and Peoples of the Muslim World will open its doors in the Nitery Building in Old Union after more than a decade of collaborative discussions between students, faculty and University administrators.
Faculty members representing several world religions spoke Thursday night at the Stanford Humanities Center about how different faiths – including Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism – can interact with democratic institutions. The event was a part of a larger year-long program by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies titled, “We the People: Islam and U.S. Politics.”
Revolution, rebellion and justice in Islam were the central themes of a Wednesday evening lecture by Abbas Kadhim, an expert on Islamic theology. Kadhim is a visiting scholar at Stanford and assistant professor of national security affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.
When Shakir handed Almojel the microphone at the front of the room, Almojel was speechless for a few moments, moved to tears.
“The beautiful thing about this community,” Almojel finally said, “is that I feel I know everyone here—this is our family.”