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Programs and Events 2010

U.S. Embassy to Host American Muslim Speakers

August 19, 2010

Abu Dhabi – As part of its activities marking the 2010 observation of the month of Ramadan, the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, along with the U.S. Consulate in Dubai, will host two speakers who will discuss their experience as Muslims living and working in the United States.  Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and Daisy Khan will visit the UAE from August 29 through September 2 to carry out programming organized by the Embassy in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs.  They will talk about Muslim life in America and their work promoting interfaith dialogue with a range of local audiences, including religious leaders, women, and students, with programming in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and the northern Emirates. 

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is a member of the World Economic Forum Council of 100 Leaders and of the Board of Trustees of the Islamic Center of New York, as well as an advisor to the Interfaith Center of New York. He is the Chairman of the Cordoba Initiative and the author of What’s Right with Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West and other publications. 

Daisy Khan is the Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing an American-Muslim identity and to building bridges between the Muslim community and general public through dialogues on faith, identity, culture, and the arts.

U.S. embassies around the world annually bring more than 1,200 American experts from a wide range of fields overseas to engage foreign audiences and build people-to-people ties.  These programs support U.S. efforts to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.  In the UAE, recent speaker and other public-diplomacy programming has focused on topics as diverse as higher education in the U.S., women and entrepreneurship, and the Cajun music of the American South.