Muslim Civil Society in the U.S.: Overcoming Islamophobia through Charity, Advocacy and Education

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On April 11, 2012, the Charity & Security Network, in partnership with the Institute for Social and Policy Understanding and KARAMAH, hosted a panel of experts who discussed the challenges faced by American Muslims and how the Muslim civil society sector employed charity, advocacy and education to encourage diversity, equality and understanding.

Speakers, including Dr. Azizah Y. al-Hibri, Esq., the founder of KARAMAH, Mohammed Alomari, COO for Life for Relief and Development, and Engy Abdelkader, legal fellow for ISPU drew from their own experiences as well as the examples presented in The Charity & Security Network report, U.S Muslim Charities and the War on Terror: A Decade in Review. The report summarizes action taken by the U.S. government to shut down American Muslim charities since 2006, and gives updates on the status of litigation and other efforts by charities. It also details the unwarranted government investigation and surveillance of Muslim communities and charities and how the American Muslim civil society sector has addressed government scrutiny and Islamophobia.