Lecture examines Islam influence in American society

first_imgAmir Hussain, professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University, said American Muslims have profoundly impacted American society in a lecture Tuesday titled “Islam and the Building of America.”The lecture was hosted by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and took place in the Hesburgh Center for Peace Studies.Hussain highlighted the significance of various Muslims — both famous and obscure — to American history.“They’ve contributed something, and some things that I think are quite crucial, as you start peeling back the layers of the sports, of the activism, of, for me, the music,” he said.Central to any discussion of Islam’s impact on America, Hussain said, is the understanding that Muslims have been part of American history since its conception.“The rhetoric that one gets these days is that Islam is a new religious tradition in America and that it is somehow alien, foreign to American values,” he said.  “And I’m going to turn that on its head and say, ‘How has America been influenced by Islam and by its Muslim population?’”Indeed, Hussain said Muslims have constituted a significant percentage of the American population even before America declared independence in 1776.  He said at least 10 percent of the slaves brought to America from West Africa were Muslim.A clear example of Islam’s longstanding influence in America is in New York City, Hussain said, where the African Burial Ground National Monument is the final resting place for many Muslim Americans.“For much of American history, Muslims have come to New York seeking freedom and opportunity, like every other group of immigrants that comes to New York,” he said.But beyond the fact that Muslims have always been part of American history, Hussain said Muslims have made a lasting impression on American politics and culture.  He said the life of Thomas Jefferson provides evidence of the pervasiveness of Islam in American thought.“How many of us are aware that in 1765, Thomas Jefferson — in 1765 before America is America — purchases a Koran?” Hussain said.Moreover, Hussain said in areas such as music, entertainment, architecture and popular culture, Muslim Americans have helped shape American society.He referenced numerous examples of prominent figures in each industry, including Fazlur Rahman Khan, the structural engineer who designed the Hancock and Willis Towers, and Ahmet Ertegün, the founder of Atlantic Records, the record company that signed the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Ray Charles.The presence of Muslims has been particularly strong in the sports arena, Hussain said, where athletes such as professional boxer Muhammad Ali or National Basketball Association (NBA) player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have greatly contributed to the legacy of American sports.“I would argue that perhaps Muhammad Ali is the most famous person in the world,” he said. “And what does that mean, that the most famous person in the world is yet again an American — in this case another African-American —Muslim?”Although Hussain said it is important not to overemphasize the influence of Islam in American history, he also said America would not be what it is today without the presence of its Muslim inhabitants.“Can you imagine an America without Muhammad Ali? Can you imagine the contributions that people like Ali have made to what it means to be American, really rethinking that kind of thing?” he asked the audience.Tags: American society, Hesburgh Center, Islam, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Muhammad Ali, Muslimlast_img read more

Cooney delivers efficient shooting effort in Syracuse’s scrimmage against Holy Family

first_img Published on November 1, 2013 at 11:55 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass B.J. Johnson often guards C.J. Fair in practice, but he said that’s not his toughest matchup.That would be Trevor Cooney.On Friday, in Syracuse’s 79-41 shellacking of Division II Holy Family, SU fans got a glimpse of what Johnson was talking about. Cooney finished an efficient 3-of-4 from downtown and looked smooth coming off of screens.“Everybody was bashing Trev last year,” Johnson said, “but whatever he did last year, he’s not doing that no more.”On Syracuse’s second possession, Cooney caught a pass from Rakeem Christmas and gave the Orange its first points of the exhibition season with a 3-pointer. He said he felt comfortable from the get-go and that hitting his first shot helped him play without thinking.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSeventy-two seconds later, Cooney swished another. This one came from the right side and extended SU’s lead to 8-0.He came off screens crisply all night, including on designed out-of-bounds plays. Syracuse’s big men made a concerted effort to set off-ball picks for him to scurry around. His stroke looked smooth.“I wasn’t worried about my shot or anything,” Cooney said.Cooney shot 27 percent from beyond the arc and 32 percent overall last season. Orange fans criticized him and called him overrated. But Friday, Cooney showed he had made significant strides in the offseason.At Atlantic Coast Conference media day, Boeheim said Cooney has been knocking down more shots in practice this year. He’s shooting in practice like he did his redshirt year, instead of how he did during a bumpy, mediocre freshman season.Cooney said he tries to do the opposite of whatever the defense does. Holy Family played a packed-in 2-3 zone. The Tigers only have two players who are 6 feet 8 inches or taller, which paved the way for wide-open looks for Cooney.The sample size was small, but Cooney delivered.“I think he improved a lot,” SU big man DaJuan Coleman said. “He’s a totally different player.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgUPDATED: A VICTIM of the great Donegal swindler has told us tonight that he has once again been given more excuses as to why he is not getting his money back.In fact, it’s the same excuse as the last SIX excuses: “Our lawyers are working to freeze assets from accounts!”Earlier this week donegaldaily.com exclusively revealed that investors had met at a Donegal hotel and were told they would get more information on their cash today. But a source told us: “I’m afraid it’s another excuse. I was hoping against hope that this would be it, but deep down I knew this was rubbish, some story about money tied up in investments and frozen accounts. I should have known better. It’s no surprise really.”Earlier today, in yet another exclusive revelation, we revealed that the number of people scammed in the Ponzi scheme is much higher and more widespread than first thought.At first it was thought that just Donegal people had been cleaned. The roly-poly crook was based here in the county.Then we revealed there were investors in Tyrone and Derry. But last night we also learned there are more swindled people in Belfast, Galway, Sligo, Mayo, Clare and Dublin.And a well-placed source told us: “Frankly I’d be very surprised if this latest promise is actually met by this man.“He has hoodwinked everyone.”With the number of investors growing, many people will lose out.One of them – owed €50k – told us: “I’ve given up on my investment. I believe we might get something back if this man thinks he can avoid jail by doing so, but I seriously doubt it.” email [email protected] SURPRISE! SWINDLER HAS MORE EXCUSES FOR NOT PAYING INVESTORS was last modified: January 14th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more