Senate Hearing on “Engaging with Muslim Communities Around the World”

This Thursday, the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will hold a hearing on “engaging with Muslim communities around the world.” The hearing is part of a series led by Senator John Kerry on improving relations between the US and the Muslim world, and will include testimonies from well-known Muslim Americans.

The testimonies in Thursday’s hearing will be from two people we have mentioned before on Inside Islam: adviser to the White House Office of Interfaith and Neighborhood Partnerships and community leader Eboo Patel, and Gallup executive Dalia Mogahed. ABC News correspondent Jim Sciutto will be included as well on the panel.

While Senator Kerry leads the selection process for the panel of witnesses in this series of hearings, he is assisted by the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association, a group of Capitol Hill staffers formed late last year to inform US policy in the Muslim world. Thursday’s hearing will take place at 2:30 pm Eastern and is open to the public. We expect to update this post with more information about the event as it develops and hope you will leave your reactions and expectations below.

As Secretary Hillary Clinton said in her first speech as US Secretary of State, President Obama outlined a new vision for reaching out to the world in his inaugural address. She said American foriegn policy will follow up with defense, development, and diplomacy. Do you believe that these Senate hearings can help effectively engage the Muslim world with diplomacy and development, in a non-violent way? Please leave a comment on this post or send us an email with your thoughts.

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