Making the US: Muslims, Race, and Class

AVACGIS Guest Lecture Series with Hussein Rashid

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM EST
Zoom Virtual Event

Photo_Hussein RashidHistorically, the United States has defined itself in opposition to groups and ideas, from monarchies to poor people. The 2020 election has strong historical echoes with how the country defined itself at its founding, against Muslims and against Blackness. This talk will trace those echoes, and explore how Muslims are not immune to the racial dynamics of the country.

Jennifer Victor will moderate the session as a part of her class GOVT319 - Perspectives on the 2020 Election at George Mason University. Dr. Victor is Associate Professor of Political Science at George Mason University’s Schar School Policy and Government.

Hussein Rashid, PhD, is a freelance academic, currently affiliated with several universities in New York City. He is a scholar of religion, focusing on Muslims and US popular culture. He is also the founder of islamicate, L3C, a consultancy focusing on religious literacy and cultural competency. He co-edited a book on Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel called Ms. Marvel’s America. He is currently co-editing a volume on Islam and Popular Culture, and another volume on Islam in North America. He is also co-authoring a cultural history of Muslims in America. His current projects include an independent film, a documentary, and a museum project on religion and jazz. He worked with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan as a content expert on their exhibit “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far.” You can find out more at

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