Muslim-Americans' challenges after Sept. 11 to be explored during Eastern Michigan's "Perspectives on the Middle East" lecture series

by Pamela Young, Published January 20, 2010

YPSILANTI — The September 11 attack on the World Trade Center has left a painful legacy for Americans. But there is another issue rarely discussed – the backlash faced by Muslim Americans, says a prominent Princeton University professor and expert on Muslim and American political engagement.

Amaney Jamal, assistant professor of politics at Princeton University, will explore these and other issues during her presentation, “Muslim Americans after 9-11: Eight Years Later,” Monday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m., in ballroom B of the Eastern Michigan University Student Center. Her lecture is free and open to the public.

Jamal, who has written about political participation of Muslim Americans, will discuss her research and the challenging issues they have faced in the years following the attack.

Jamal was one of two project advisers for the Pew Research Center’s groundbreaking study about Muslim Americans. Researchers conducted random interviews with more than 1,000 Muslim Americans that probed religious practices, political views and demographic backgrounds. Interviews were conducted in English, Arabic, Farsi and Urdu, the first survey of its kind to be conducted in these languages.

The survey, released in May 2007, provides a detailed look at a new American population that is highly assimilated, yet unhappy with the ongoing war on terror. It also gives an important picture of the overall Muslim American population.  The Center estimates there are about 2.4 million Muslim Americans in the United States.

Jamal’s most recent books are “Citizenship and Crisis: Arab Detroit after 9-11,” (2009); “Race and Arab Americans after 9-11: From Invisible Citizens to Visible Subjects,” (2008); and “Barriers to Democracy: The Other Side of Social Capital in Palestine and the Arab World,” (2007), which won the Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association.

A graduate of the University of California-Los Angeles, Jamal received her doctorate in political science from the University of Michigan.

The event is part of a series of lectures offering perspectives on the Middle East.

Pamela Young

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