Beyond bin Laden: Islam in Asia since September 11



Barbara Metcalf, University of California at Davis
Donald K. Emmerson, Asia/Pacific Research Center, Stanford University
Karim Raslan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Jacqueline Armijo-Hussein, Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University
Barbara Crossette, New York Times

Date and Time

November 14, 2001 5:30 PM - 12:00 AM




A.P. Giannini Auditorium, Bank of America Building

FSI Contact

Stephanie Manning

While Islam is commonly portrayed as a Middle Eastern religion, the majority of the world's Muslims reside in Asia. Indonesia is home to the world's largest Muslim population, with India following close behind. Millions of Muslims are scattered throughout South, Southeast, Central and Northeast Asia. In the wake of the horrific terrorists attacks on September 11th, many non-Muslims have mistakenly identified Islam with political violence. The need to distinguish moderate Islam practiced by the Muslim majority in Asia and the radical extremism used by terrorists has never been greater. In an effort to create a more comprehensive understanding of these complex issues and address misconceptions linking Islam and terrorism, the Asia Society and the Shorenstein Forum will convene a panel of experts to explore Muslim thought and practice in several key Asian countries, namely Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia and China. Among the questions that will be addressed by the panel is how recent events will impact the future of Islam in Asia and what role extremist and other groups may play in this process.

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