Middle East conflicts, the rise of ISIS and the wooing by the Islamic State of young people in the U.S. and around the world is certainly cause for concern – not for violence here at home. Yet in Charlotte, Chapel Hill and elsewhere around the country there have been violent incidents some view as hate crimes – specifically aimed at Muslims. We sit down with a local Muslim leader, an author and a visiting scholar to get their perspective on recent events.
Dr. Abdelmahdi Al-soudi - Visiting Scholar, UNC Charlotte Department of Religious Studies; Professor of Political Sociology and Middle East Studies, Jordan University
Sam Wazan - Author of Trapped in Four Square Miles; Board Member, International House; Global Trustee, United Religions Initiative; Chair, Charlotte Cooperation
Nael Abodabba – Chairman, Islamic Center of Charlotte; President, A2Z Cash & Carry