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Date: Apr 23, 2007
Muslim Schools in America: Ghetto or Gateway?
Columbia U. professor looks at misconceptions about these centers of Islamic lifeHofstra University, Hempstead, NY – Misconceptions about Muslim schools in America is the subject of a lecture by Louis Cristillo, Ph. D., at Hofstra on Thursday, May 3, 2007 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Middle Plaza Room of the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, north campus. The lecture is sponsored by Hofstra’s Department of Religion.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information please call (516) 463-5612.
More than the mosque in America, the full-time Muslim school is the most widely misunderstood institution in American Muslim communities today. Numbering about 235 in cities across the United States, Muslim schools have attracted the curiosity of the news media far more than the discerning analysis of scholars.
Dr. Cristillo, a research assistant professor of international and transcultural studies at Columbia University Teacher’s College, will explore how the full-time Muslim school has become a key player in a nexus of institutions that include the mosque, the local professional and business sector, the family, and the state to produce overlapping social networks that empower Muslim youth and adults toward greater involvement in American civic life and participatory democracy.
Dr. Cristillo is also a member of Columbia’s Middle East Institute, part of the School of International and Public Affairs, and participated in The Muslim Communities in NYC Project.
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