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Panelists Address Emerging Muslim Millennials

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Nadia Roumani, director of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI), took place in a panel that that focused on the Muslim Millenial's experience. One important point in the panel discussed how technology differentiates the Muslim millennials’ generation and identity from their parents. According to the panelists, an online Internet community fostered by the millennials has helped unite a global Muslim community that was fractured under colonialism.

An excerpt from Fordham University's article on the panel:

“The Muslim community was once defined by geography, now the virtual Ummah exists online,” he said, referring to the Arabic term to describe a borderless Islamic state.

Roumani said that millennials share the experience of having spent their youth in the wake of 9/11.

“They don’t have a memory of not being scrutinized or a time when they didn’t have to define who they were or explain their identity,” she said.

Identity is even more difficult for first-generation Muslim Americans, explained Imam Latif. He relayed his own experience of going to Pakistan, where the traditional dress contrasted with his Timberlands, baggy jeans, and backward baseball cap.

Read the rest of the article here.