Islamic influence on popular American music will be the main topic at forum Thursday at the University of Texas at Arlington.
The discussion: “Everyday Art: Islamic Contribution to American Music,” will feature Hussein Rashid, adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled from 7 p.m. Thursday, in Room 204 of the UTA’s Architecture Building, 601 W. Nedderman Dr.
Rashid spoke last year at UTA about Islamic influence on popular music, dance, architecture and literature. This year, he will explore Islamic impact on music and meditative traditions, according to a press release from the university.
“Dr. Rashid is able to reach experts and novices alike and sustain their interest,” said Melia Belli, assistant professor of Asian art history in UTA’s Department of Art and Art History. “His work is important for many reasons. For one thing, due to the misrepresentation of Islam in American media and entertainment, most Americans have a very misinformed, negative view of the faith. He reminds us that the Muslim representation in the U.S. is significant and contributes much.”
You can find out more about Rashid's discussion here.