In April 2011, Executive director Humera Khan and Board Vice Chair Imam Mohamed Magid co-convened a working group on the role and responsibilities of “Muslim-Majority and Muslim-Minority Communities in a Global Context” at the first Brookings US Islamic World Forum to be held in DC. The participants included theologians, clergy, academics, activists, and politicians from across the United States and the Muslim world.
In an increasingly interconnected world, the relationship between majority and minority communities, both in the United States and abroad, must be better understood. What is the role of not only the Muslim-minority population in the United States, but also of the majority population toward American Muslim communities? Muslim minorities, especially in the West, are increasingly becoming ambassadors and advocates of social justice and freedom in their societies, yet they continue to face a number of challenges. Similarly, what are the roles and responsibilities of Muslim majorities toward minorities, and what can Muslims, both in the West and in Muslim-majority countries, learn from each other’s experiences?
The working group discussed these questions in the context of five major issues: integration and identity, the impact of media and politics, security and counterterrorism, the treatment of marginalized communities, and interfaith relations. The group’s participants also came up with a number of recommendations, summarized at the end of the paper.
The full paper can be downloaded from the Brookings US Islamic World Forum website.