Muslims in the Age of Trump: Issues of Post Modernity


The Lamppost Education Initiative presents this unique seminar which takes a critical look at issues affecting Muslims in the post-modern age. This seminar features Dr. Khalid Yahya Blankinship, Imam Dawud Walid, Ustadh Abu Sakina Giovanni, and Dr. Zara Khan.
Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the United States. There has never been a President in US history who has raised so many anxieties and fears for the Muslim community in America. This seminar will take a critical look at issues that are affecting Muslims in America during this Presidency of Donald Trump. Topics covered in this seminar includes:
-The ‘Muslim Ban’ and the immigration policies of the Trump administration
-The stunning rise of the neo-Nazis and the alt-right and the attacks on Masajids and Muslims across the country.
-Liberalism and controversial Muslim alliances and support for issues like abortion and homosexuality
-Democracy and the Post-Modern concepts of ‘Freedom’ and how it relates to our Islamic intellectual heritage.
-‘Deep State’ and the modern news media and how Muslims are presented in the mainstream news media
-And so much more….

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 Dr. Khalid Yahya Blankinship  obtained his BA in History in 1973 from the University of Washington, an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language in 1975 from the American University in Cairo, and an MA in Islamic History in 1983 from Cairo University. His Ph.D. in History is from the University of Washington in 1988.
After traveling extensively in Europe and the Middle East, Blankinship long resided in Egypt and in Saudi Arabia at Makkah, becoming fluent in both classical and colloquial Arabic. He taught English for several years at the American University in Cairo, and then History at the University of Washington. In 1990, Blankinship moved to Philadelphia, where he was appointed in the Department of Religion at Temple University. Promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1996, he has served as Chair of the Department of Religion 1998-2002, Departmental Graduate Director 2003-2013, and Chair again from 2013.
He is active in lecturing and research on religion in general and Islam in particular. In addition to courses on Islam, he regularly teaches Religion in the World as well as Religion and Science. He has regularly presented papers at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the American Oriental Society (AOS), and has also participated in meetings of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). He has delivered lectures in many places, including Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, India, and Malaysia.
Also, Blankinship studied with a number of Muslim religious scholars, especially Shaykh Ismâ‘îl Sâdiq al-‘Adawî (1934-1998), the Imâm of Masjid al-Azhar in Cairo, and he has made the acquaintance of many well-known scholars of the Muslim world. He has posted a number of his responses to questions on Muslim law on-line. He participated in the series of religious lectures in the Arabic language called al-Durûs al-Hasaniyyah (Hasanian Lectures) presented before the king in Morocco during Ramadân 1989-2000.
Dr. Khalid is a frequent contributor to Lamppost with course like “A History of the Crusades”, “The Sunni vs Shi’ah”, “Religion and Science”, and a host of articles and videos. Please see our seminar section for Dr. Blankinship’s Lamppost seminars and courses.

Imam Dawud Walid is currently the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), which is a chapter of America’s largest advocacy and civil liberties organization for American Muslims and is a member of the Michigan Muslim Community Council (MMCC) Imams Committee.
Walid has been interviewed and quoted in approximately 150 media outlets ranging from the New York Times, Wall St Journal, National Public Radio, CNN, BBC, FOX News and Al-Jazeera. Furthermore, Walid was a political blogger for the Detroit News from January 2014 to January 2016, has had essays published in the 2012 book All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim, the 2014 book Qur’an in Conversation and was quoted as an expert in 13 additional books and academic dissertations.  He was also a featured character in the 2013 HBO documentary “The Education of Mohammad Hussein.”
Walid has lectured at over 50 institutions of higher learning about Islam, interfaith dialogue and social justice including at Harvard University, DePaul University and the University of the Virgin Islands – St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses as well as spoken at the 2008 and 2011 Congressional Black Caucus Conventions alongside prominent speakers such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Congressman Keith Ellison. In 2008, Walid delivered the closing benediction at the historic 52nd Michigan Electoral College in the Michigan State Senate chambers and gave the Baccalaureate speech for graduates of the prestigious Cranbrook-Kingswood Academy located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Walid was also a featured speaker at the 2009 and 2010 Malian Peace and Tolerance Conferences at the University of Bamako in Mali, West Africa. He has also given testimony at hearings and briefings in front of Michigan state legislators and U.S. congressional representatives, including speaking before members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Washington, D.C.
Walid has studied under qualified scholars the disciplines of Arabic grammar and morphology, foundations of Islamic jurisprudence, sciences of the exegesis of the Qur’an, and Islamic history during the era of Prophet Muhammad through the governments of the first 5 caliphs. He previously served as an imam at Masjid Wali Muhammad in Detroit and the Bosnian American Islamic Center in Hamtramck, Michigan, and continues to deliver sermons and lectures at Islamic centers across the United States and Canada.
Walid was a 2011 – 2012 fellow of the University of Southern California (USC) American Muslim Civil Leadership Institute (AMCLI) and a 2014 – 2015 fellow of the Wayne State Law School Detroit Action Equity Lab (DEAL). Imam Dawud Walid also serves on the Board of Directors of the Lamppost Education Initiative



Ustadh Abu Sakina Giovanni  has a diverse background in the Humanities and Social Sciences.  He received his bachelors from City University of New York (Queens College) with a double major in Political Science and Hispanic Languages and Literatures.  He holds a Masters in History from City University of New York (Staten Island College).  His research in his Masters dissertation was on the intersection between Scientism, Empire, literary cultural production and Evolutionary theory, in 19th century Western Europe.  He is currently a PhD Candidate at Temple University in the Religion Department.  His Area of concentration is Islamic intellectual history, primarily late Islamic philosophy and philosophical Sufism.  He is writing his dissertation on the comparative philosophical positions and ideas of the Andalusian scholar Ibn Arabi and his contemporary, the Zen Master, Dogen.  Highlighted in the dissertation is non-dualism (intellectual-intuition) as a mode of knowing that gives preference to being and praxis over theory and linguistic rumination.



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Dr. Zara Khan is a daughter, mother, wife, student, teacher and scholar in Political Science. She has a BA from Hunter College (City University of New York) MA./PhD. from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Her specializations are Comparative Politics, Political Theory and Human Rights. Her doctoral dissertation, “Refractions Through the Secular: Islam, Human Rights and Universality,” questions the universality claims of Human Rights on account of their secular definition of the human being, and unsettles the modern concept of ‘religion.’ She has taught comparative politics, social science literature and political theory at Lehigh University, The City University of New York and New Jersey City University. She has published a report-back from a fact-finding mission to the West Bank in a women-of-color feminist magazine. She is fluent in Urdu and Spanish. Her next scholarly project will attempt, inshaAllah, to problematize the state-of- nature concept by drawing on foundational classical Islamic governance themes.



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