On Monday evening, I chaired the event “Towards a Western Islam”. It was inspiring to host Zainab Al-Suwaij, Co-founder and executive director of the American Islamic Congress (AIC), an organization founded in the wake of September 11, 2001 to foster tolerance, promote civil society and civil rights, and mobilise a moderate voice in the American Muslim community. Activists fighting for a transformation of Islam in the West are often purposefully misrepresented by Muslim conservatives and Islamists alike. In her enlightening talk, Zainab talked about the obstacles that British and American Muslims have to overcome when contesting and fighting radical Islamism.
It was a pleasure to introduce such a prepared speaker with refreshing views and to take questions from the public.