The Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, along with the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, is pleased to host a panel discussion celebrating the release of the new book, “Avoiding Harm: A Muslim Response to Covid-19,” by A. Rashied Omar, associate teaching professor of Islamic Studies and Peacebuilding. Panelists include R. Scott Appleby, Marilyn Keough Dean of the Keough School of Global Affairs, who wrote the concluding chapter of the book, as well as distinguished guests Anantanand Rambachan, professor emeritus of religion at St. Olaf’s College, and Azza Karam, an advisory board member at the Ansari Institute and president of the Women’s Learning Partnership.
About the Book
Research scholars have lamented the fact that most of the extant studies on religious responses to the COVID-19 pandemic focus on a particular religious group, typically Christian. This book fills the gap by providing useful insights into how one Muslim religious institution responded to the pandemic, and portraying the sermons, advice, and guidance provided to the Claremont Main Road Mosque (CMRM) congregation in Cape Town, South Africa by its Imams and elected board of governors during the course of the pandemic.
This event is hosted by the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion and cosponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.