Contexts for Becoming and Belonging
Edited By Mere Berryman, Ann Nevin, Suzanne SooHoo and Therese Ford
Chapter Seven: Muslim American Conscientização: A Primer on Engaging Muslim American Students
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Muslim American Conscientização1
A Primer on Engaging Muslim American Students
AHMED YOUNISCHAPMAN UNIVERSITY
“You Mankind: We have created you from a single pair of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes that you might come to know and cherish one another (not to despise one another). Verily the most honorable of you in the sight of God are the most righteous.” (Qur’an, 49:13)
As translated by Hassan Hathout in Reading the Muslim Mind (Hathout, 2005, p. 21)
EXPERIENCES OF BELONGING
I met Nelson Mandela for the first time at the age of 16. He was in Los Angeles on a visit and asked to meet with a collective of interfaith youth. I had the honor of attending with an invitation from the Muslim Public Affairs Council. During our session he told of an agreement that the prisoners of Robin Island had among themselves. On the day of the Sabbath for each religion, leaders and community elders would come for visits to the prisoners and bring along food for the inmates of their respective religions so that they would have some comfort on one day of the week. Mandela told us, a group of youth from all over Los Angeles of differing ← 127 | 128 → faiths, that their pact was as follows: When the Christian leaders came to the prison and asked, Who here is...
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