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  • Aamina Ahmed
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    Aamina Ahmed coordinates and manages programs and alumni for New American Leaders. A deep commitment to creating spaces where everyone feels like they truly belong led Aamina to a multitude of community groups and nonprofits. She has straddled life in the Midwest and Pakistan and understands what it feels like to teeter between othering and belonging. Formerly, she led APIA Vote MI. To her, building power means commitment to deep relationships and hard work. Her confidence that we can all create the change we need seeds her commitment to ISPU.

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  • Afraz Khan
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    Afraz Khan works for the American Civil Liberties Union in the Racial Justice Program as a member of their legal support staff. Previously, Afraz served as a community liaison at the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, where he worked alongside elected officials and community boards to develop reforms on local issues, such as affordable housing and access to mental health resources. Afraz currently serves part-time as a Religious Life Adviser at Columbia University, where he works with university staff to build out programming and resources for the Muslim community. He also travels across the tri-state area delivering speeches and facilitating workshops for various organizations and schools on topics such as institutionalized racism, Islamophobia, and the American Muslim experience.

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  • Allison K. Ralph
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    Allison K. Ralph, Ph.D., is the Assistant Director of the Inclusive America Project at the Aspen Institute. Allison is a scholar of history and religion with a special interest in societal boundaries, publishing on religion, history, society, rhetoric, and justification of coercion in the social body. She has a broad range of experience in academic and administrative settings, including academic expertise in teaching, researching and editing, and administrative expertise in managing grants, major events and operations, and developing database systems. Prior to joining the Inclusive America Project as Assistant Director in 2019, she served the Project as consultant and advisor for two years, including as editor of Pluralism in Peril: Challenges to an American Ideal. She began her career in the non-profit sector at the El-Hibri Foundation after earning her doctorate in Church History from The Catholic University of America in 2015. She also holds a B.A. in History from the University of North Florida and an M.Phil. in Church History from the University of Cambridge. At heart, she is still the blue-collar farm girl and custom picture framer she was raised as at the family home and business.
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  • AMST 2500 Certificate in American Muslim Life: Law & Society
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    The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, a non-profit research and education institution, has collected and published research on Americans who are Muslim for nearly 20 years. That research provides the bedrock and context for these online courses, created by ReligionandPublicLife.org and supplemented by a collection of resources from other institutions and scholars. The Institute for the Social Policy and Understanding, in partnership with ReligionAndPublicLife.org, awards the ISPU Certificate in Religious Liberty for those who complete the course collection, AMST 2500 American Muslims: Law & Society. The curriculum includes a study of Muslims in Early America, contemporary demographics about American Muslims, controversies about the treatment of Muslims, and pathways for building resilient Muslim communities in America. Skills: Civil Dialogue, Empathy, Legal Literacy, Media Literacy, Religious Literacy, Resiliency Non-Credit: 15 hours for 1 Certificate Credit: Use the LiveChat to speak with your advisor about completing 45 hours of research to earn three college credits for completing this certificate program. Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development
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  • AMST 2501 Course Pack A. “Founders Views of Muslims”
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    Downloadable PDF of Course Pack A for the course AMST 2501 Muslim Religious Liberty in Early America.
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  • AMST 2501 Course Pack A. Founders’ Views of Muslims
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    Downloadable PDF of Course Pack A for ISPU 2501 Muslim Religious Liberty in Early America.

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  • AMST 2501 Course Pack B. “Legal Literacy and Religious Literacy”
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    Downloadable PDF of Course Pack B for the course AMST 2501 Muslim Religious Liberty in Early America. T
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  • AMST 2501 Course Pack B. Religious Liberty Frameworks
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    Downloadable PDF of Course Pack B for ISPU 2501.
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  • AMST 2501 Course Pack C. “Muslims and the Making of America”
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    Downloadable PDF of Course Pack C for the course AMST 2501 Muslim Religious Liberty in Early America.
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  • AMST 2501 Course Pack C. Muslims and the Making of America
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    Muslims are incorrectly viewed as having little impact on the shaping of early America, but history reveals that they engaged and influenced its shapers and also contributed, both directly and indirectly, to the making of America. In fact, as religious studies scholar Edward E. Curtis IV makes clear, “Their contributions—some famous, some unknown—have changed the course of the nation’s life.” Compelling evidence of Muslim interwovenness in major aspects of America’s early development can be found in such sources as historical newspapers, government documents, plantation records, rare books, personal papers, and presidential diaries, to name a few.

    In "Muslims and the Making of America," Precious Rasheeda Muhammad offers sampling of Muslims presence and influence from some of the earliest days of colonial America to the present. Creatively told through selected vignettes of people, places, events, and documents, it is a true story that has a moral arc toward elevating humanity and productively co-existing as compatriots around shared ideals and freedoms.

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  • AMST 2501 Muslim Religious Liberty in Early America
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    The legal history of religious liberty in the United States reveals a simple fact: there has never been an America without Muslims.

    Skills: Critical Thinking, Empathy, Legal Literacy, Religious Literacy

    Time: Non-Credit: 3 hours

    Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development

    (Image: Omar ibin Said 1770–1864, Library of Congress)

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  • AMST 2502 Course Pack A. American Muslims Polls 2016–2020
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    Downloadable PDF of Course Pack A for AMST 2502 Who are American Muslims?
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  • AMST 2502 Course Pack B. Bay Area Muslim Study
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    Downloadable PDF of Course Pack B for AMST 2502 Who are American Muslims?
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  • AMST 2502 Who are American Muslims?
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    Study groundbreaking research on American Muslim experiences in all their diversity. Track contemporary trends about not only Americans who are Muslim, but Americans of other faiths and no faith as well. In this interactive course, you will examine American Muslims’ perspective within the context of their nation’s religious landscape, not as an isolated specimen.

    Skills: Critical Thinking, Empathy, Legal Literacy, Religious Literacy

    Time: Non-Credit 3 hours

    Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development

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  • AMST 2503 Course Pack A. “Equal Treatment?”
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    Downloadable PDF of Course Pack A for the course AMST 2503 AMST 2503 How are American Muslims Represented?
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  • AMST 2503 How are American Muslims Represented?
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    Have you ever felt like some news stories receive a lot more coverage than others of equal importance? You’re not imagining it. In this media literacy course, you will study landmark research about media responses to ideologically motivated violence in the United States. Accurate representation matters. Misrepresentation can be dangerous.

    Skills: Critical Thinking, Media Literacy, Religious Literacy

    Time: Non-Credit 3 hours

    Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development

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