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Conversation: "Islam in Washington: Then and Now"
Did you know that Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, owned a translation of the Qur'an? That the first Muslims in the DC area arrived as enslaved Africans in the early 1700s? Or that Washington's first mosque, the Masjid Muhammad, played an important part in the civil rights movement? Join us for a conversation about the fascinating history of Muslim communities in Washington, DC, in connection with the exhibition "The Art of the Qur'an." Panelists include: James H. Johnston, an attorney and journalist, has published extensively on Washington, DC, history. His works include the book From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family. Amir Muhammad is director and curator of America’s Islamic Heritage Museum, located on Martin Luther King Junior Avenue in DC’s Anacostia neighborhood. His numerous publications include "Muslims in America: Seven Centuries of History (1312–1998)." Asma Naeem is an associate curator of prints, drawings, and media arts at the National Portrait Gallery. A specialist in American and contemporary Islamic art, she is particularly interested in the effects of displacement, the history of technology, and the sensorial imagination of both artist and beholder. Moderator: Shadi Hamid is a senior fellow in the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. His most recent book is "Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle over Islam is Reshaping the World."