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African American Islam in a global and national context

Dr. Fraser-Rahim will explore the intersections of Islamic history in the West, African American Muslim Intellectual history and the nexus to their legacy, contemporary context and future contributions to the global Islamic polity and civilization. Specific emphasis will highlight the role in which African American Muslim religious, political and social activism play’s out in the current discourse in America and the rise of Muslim activism of the West at-large. See Dr Rahim’s book here:


Dr. Muhammad Fraser-Rahim is the Executive Director, North America for Quilliam International, the world’s oldest counter-extremist organization with HQ’s in the United Kingdom and offices in Washington, DC where he overseas policy issues centering around rehabilitation, demobilization and deradicalization against violent extremism. In addition, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Intelligence and Security Studies at The Citadel and a Lecturer at Howard University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University. He is an expert on violent extremism issues both domestically and overseas. Prior to his current role, he served as a Senior Program Officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace where he leads their Horn of Africa Programs and served as an expert on Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) issues at the institute.

Dr. Fraser-Rahim’s areas of specialty are on transnational terrorist movements, Counterterrorism/P/CVE, Islamic intellectual history, Islam in America, contemporary theology in the Muslim world and African Affairs. In addition, Dr. Fraser-Rahim worked for the United States Government for more than a decade for the Department of Homeland Security, Director of National Intelligence and the National Counterterrorism Center providing strategic advice and executive branch analytical support on countering violent extremism issues to the White House and the National Security Council where he was the author or co-author of Presidential Daily Briefs and strategic assessments on extremist ideology and counter-radicalization.

Dr. Fraser-Rahim has conducted research in more than 40 countries on the African continent, and has worked and studied throughout the Middle East. He completed advanced level Arabic language certificates at various higher education institutions in the US, West Africa and the Middle East. He is the author of numerous policy reports, Op-Eds, and several upcoming new journal articles and is sought after and has been featured on MSNBC, CNN, Al Arabiyya, Al Jazeera, Fox News, BBC, France 24, NPR to name a few. He completed his Ph.D. at Howard University in African Studies with a focus on Islamic Thought, Spirituality and Modernity issues, and is the author of the award winning book titled, “America’s Other Muslims: Imam WD Muhammad, Islamic Reform and the Making of American Islam.” Finally, he is also a Security Fellow at the Truman National Security Project.


Emre Celik is the Executive Director at Peace Islands New York. He has held positions in numerous non-profits in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Washington DC and New York working on educational and interfaith projects. He is currently completing his PhD in Islamic Studies examining civil Islam in the United States and regularly speaks on civil Islam, sufism, Muslim diaspora communities and human rights issues and has spoken at Harvard, Georgetown, American, George Washington and various other universities and institutions in the United States. His op-eds, interviews and social media are available here :

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