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The Muslim Next Door: The Qur'An, Shari'ah, the Media, and That Veil Thing

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Live Webinar


Since 9/11, stories about Muslims and the Islamic world have flooded headlines across the country. In spite of the proliferation of headlines, there remains little clear information–and much disinformation–about Islam and its people.

In this event, Sumbul Ali-Karamali will discuss her new book Demystifying Shariah, which clarifies what Shari'ah actually is and how it works... which differs profoundly from popular media representations. In her warm and easy-to-understand yet scholarly-accurate style, Sumbul will address the questions that Western readers are most curious about: from the basics of Islam and how Muslims practice, to topics like jihad and the status of women in Islam.

“At a time when most Americans are bombarded with misinformation about Islam, Ali-Karamali has written an elegant corrective. Highly recommended for anyone who truly wants to know what Muslims believe."

~ Reza Aslan

Sumbul Ali-Karamali is an award-winning author and speaker whose books, articles, blogs and speaking events are her way of promoting intercultural understanding in the world. Sumbul grew up in Southern California, answering questions about Islam and Muslims. With her degree in English from Stanford University, her law degree from the University of California at Davis, and her additional law degree in Islamic law from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, she left the world of corporate law to start writing books to answer those very questions. When not writing, Sumbul is a fiction and nonfiction judge, a board member of nonprofits dedicated to multicultural education, and a member of the steering committee of Women in Islamic Spirituality and Equality (WISE) and the Muslim Women’s Global Shura Council, both of which aim to promote women’s rights and human rights from an Islamic perspective. And when she’s not doing any of that, either, she’s listening to opera or watching Star Trek reruns with her family.