Is Critical Connections a faith-based organization?

It is not. Although we aim to foster dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims and to improve  understanding of politics and society in the Muslim world, we do not approach this from a religious perspective. Our focus is on creating a space where we can discuss political, social and cultural developments relating to the Muslim world in order to foster better understanding between members of different faiths and thus strengthen the fabric of American society.

How are you different from other organizations that hold talks on foreign affairs?

We specialize in holding events related to the Muslim world as opposed to international events in general. We focus on developments in the Muslim world as and when the media covers them but seek to go beyond the headlines to offer deeper analysis. We aim to set up a rapid-response schedule so that we can help provide timely discussions on important issues to address the community’s need for more information. In addition, we convene dialogues and experiential workshops between members of the community who are interested in engaging with each other on issues related to the Muslim world.

What is the “Muslim world”?

We use the “Muslim world” to refer to Muslim-majority countries as well as the Muslim diaspora.

EVENTS

FROM POLITICAL POLARIZATION TO CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE:              LESSONS FROM THE LAB

Dr. Peter Coleman

THURS, OCT. 19, 7-9 PM

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Bangs Community Center       70 Boltwood Walk        Amherst, MA

FROM RADICALIZATION TO REFORM: A CONVERSATION WITH A FORMER MUSLIM MILITANT

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These events are part of our Transforming this Moment series and are organized in partnership with the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding. For more details, please click here. Our events are made possible by Mass Humanities, whose grants inspire considered thoughts, conversations, and action
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BUILDING INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES SYMPOSIUM

Friday, December 8, 2017        9-4pm                               Holyoke Community College Holyoke, MA

A daylong event with  educators, religious clergy, law-enforcement personnel, social workers, and Muslim community leaders committed to building inclusive communities.

CC TV SHOWS

Prof. Sudha Setty on the future of American-Muslims under the Trump administration

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Mr. Daryl Johnson on homegrown extremism

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