Muslim leader to lecture at Lakeland

Rami Nashashibi, executive director of Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), will deliver a talk entitled, “Muslims as a Force for Good and Healing in America,” on Wednesday, Jan. 25, beginning at 7 p.m. in Lakeland’s Bradley Theatre. The talk is free and open to the public.

Nashashibi will discuss how the Muslim faith serves as a resource and source of guidance for his service to the community. His group, IMAN, is a nonprofit organization in Chicago that operates a community health center, provides transitional housing and job training for formerly incarcerated men, empowers local youth through leadership development and civic engagement and inspires change through arts and cultural programming.

Nashashibi, who has served as IMAN’s executive director since its incorporation in 1997, has lectured across the United States, Europe and Asia on a range of topics related to American Muslim identity, community activism and social justice. The recipient of several prestigious community service and organizing honors, Nashashibi and his work with IMAN have been featured by many national and international media outlets.

Three years ago, the Center for American Progress profiled Nashashibi as one of the “14 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2014” and he was named one of the “500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in concert with Georgetown’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.

He was appointed by President Obama to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

He has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago and is a visiting professor of sociology of religion & Muslim studies at the Chicago Theological Seminary.

He has worked with several leading scholars in the area of globalization, African American studies and urban sociology and has contributed chapters to edited volumes by Manning Marabel and Saskia Sassen.

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