Lesley’s yearlong focus on Islam and America features Dr. Ali Asani’s lecture on how to bridge religious, cultural gaps.
American society and institutions are more racially and culturally diverse than ever, yet a spirit of understanding and acceptance of differences remains elusive. That paradox is abundantly evident today in America’s relationship with Islam.
Dr. Ali Asani, Harvard University professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and cultures, said the conflict between many Americans and many Muslims is one of “religious illiteracy” that feeds fear, bigotry and, too often, hatred.
“We are living in a world with intensive polarization,” Asani said, speaking to a large audience in Lesley’s University Hall Amphitheater on Nov. 4. Asani’s appearance was co-sponsored by the Lesley University Diversity Council, Graduate School of Education and Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences. It was part of the university’s yearlong academic and social focus on Islam and its relationship to social justice.