Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Muslim Identity

No, no, that's not the title of a newly unearthed Robert Ludlum novel, it's the topic of a presentation I was asked to give at Menlo College (although, after hearing the phrase, I kind of wanna write that book now!). Now, let me stipulate right upfront that I'm not even remotely equipped to talk about THE Muslim Identity, given how diverse and expansive that phrase is.

That said, I do feel pretty good about discussing MY Muslim Identity, which is how I tackled the talk, making it more of a Q&A back-and-forth with the (bigger than I expected!) crowd and riffing on how the Chuck Norris movie The Delta Force offends me as both a Muslim and a film critic, what the election of Donald Trump might signal for the American Muslim population, and ultimately, why I really, really love watching The Godfather.

While there was no official recording, I did set up my phone's recorder for the bulk of it and uploaded it to YouTube. If you're interested, you can check it out below:

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