Putting It Together: Muslimness, Queerness, and Joy

Top row, from left to right: Imam Daayiee Abdullah, Dr. Manal Hamzeh & Imam Trina Jackson. Bottom row: Dr. Tasneem Mandviwala, Omer Abbas Salem, Playwright, & Jamil Khoury, Moderator

On September 12, 2022, Founding Co-Executive Artistic Director, Jamil Khoury, moderated an extensive conversation with panelists Imam Daayiee Abdullah, Dr. Manal Hamzeh, Imam Trina Jackson, Dr. Tasneem Mandviwala, and playwright Omer Abbas Salem on the topic of Muslimness, Queerness, and Joy.

This panel was inspired by our partnership with About Face Theatre in anticipation of their World Premiere production of Omer Abbas Salem's play Mosque4Mosque (November 17 - December 17, 2022) being performed at Chicago's Den Theatre.

Our second offering of Polycultural Institute's soon-to-be-launched online publication, The Polyculturalist, features Turkish scholar, artist, and activist Hülya Adak. We are thrilled to be introducing Hülya to our Silk Road Cultural Center community.

Stay tuned for expanded interview transcripts when The Polyculturalist officially debuts on Substack.

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