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Rumi Forum Podcast

Rumi Forum was founded in 1999 with the mission to foster intercultural dialogue, stimulate thinking and exchange of opinions on supporting and fostering democracy and peace and to provide a common platform for education and information exchange. The Forum contributes to this ultimate aim by means of conferences, panel discussions, community engagement, luncheons, publications and other activities. In particular the forum has an interest in issues regarding pluralism, peace building and conflict resolution, intercultural and interfaith dialogue, social harmony and justice, civil rights and community cohesion.

Jan 23, 2018

Senior Researcher Besheer Mohamed of the Pew Research Center joined the Rumi Forum for a presentation on a survey of U.S. Muslims on January 16th.

Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm (Reception)

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Main Event) 

Daniels Run Peace Church
3729 Old Lee Highway Fairfax, VA 22030


The early days of Donald Trump’s presidency have been an anxious time for many Muslim Americans, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. This new survey asked U.S. Muslims; a diverse and growing young population that is currently estimated at 3.35 million, about a wide variety of topics, including religious beliefs and practices, social values, views on extremism and political preferences. The survey was conducted from Jan. 23 to May 2, 2017, on landlines and cellphones, among a representative sample of 1,001 Muslim adults living in the United States. This is the third time Pew Research Center has conducted a comprehensive survey of U.S. Muslims (20072011). 

Besheer Mohamed is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center. He is involved in the design and implementation of many of the Center’s domestic religion polls. He specializes in studying religious minorities in the U.S., with a specific focus on Muslim Americans. Mohamed received a doctorate in sociology as well as a master’s degree in Middle East studies from the University of Chicago. He is the author of “Hybrid identity among Black American Muslims,” as well as “Muslim Immigrants: Hurt by Recession but Not Complaining.” He has worked on the Center’s surveys of U.S. Muslims, Mormons and Jews as well as its polling on attitudes toward religious groups. Mohamed has presented his work at academic conferences and been interviewed by a variety of broadcast and print media.