Qutaiba Albluwi and Katrin Jomaa
Qutaiba Albluwi is a senior PhD student at the Department of Computer Science and Statistics a member of the Digital Forensic and Cyber Security Center at URI. He received his M.Sc in Computer Science from Queens University in Canada and his B.Sc in computer engineering from University of Sharjah at the United Arab Emirates. Concurrently, he studied Islamic law, Quranic exegesis and spirituality under renowned scholars around the globe. He worked in various academic institutions in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East as a lecturer, education consultant and as a researcher in IT security. He is a member of the URI Chaplains Association, member of the Association of American Muslim Chaplains and serves as the Imam of the Muslim Community Center of Kingston. His main service is focused on the themes of education, interfaith dialogue and nonviolence social
Dr. Katrin Jomaa is an Assistant Professor of Islam and Politics of the Middle East at the University of Rhode Island. She completed her PhD degree (2012) at Indiana University Bloomington in Middle Eastern Studies. Her research interests include Islamic thought and philosophy, Qur’anic exegesis, as well as classical and modern political philosophy. She also taught Arabic Language at Emory University, Indiana University, American University of Beirut and Beloit College. In addition to her interest in the field of humanities, Dr. Jomaa has a dual passion for science and technology. She had a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering at the American University in Cairo and a Masters degree in Applied Materials Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her scientific background has informed her study of religion and politics as she employs structural analysis to the understanding of religious texts and political events.
Workshop Title: An Islamic Response to Racism
Workshop Description: This panel explores an Islamic perspective to combating racism. The theological and practical elements of the Islamic tradition pertaining to countering racism will be presented. The panel will attempt to expose the dangers and roots of racism by addressing questions like: what does the Quran say about racism? Who is the first racist? Why do racist attitudes develop? How could egoistic and racist tendencies be cured? The panel will also shed light on contemporary Muslim engagement in contesting racism, prejudice and discrimination on the American and global scopes.
Workshop Location: Session III in the Memorial Union Room 308