COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Religion News Foundation (“RNF”) is pleased to announce the launch of an educational podcast on Islam titled, Re-Sight Islam™, to be hosted by Qasim Rashid. Re-Sight Islam aims to illuminate and introduce to a largely Western audience the Islamic faith and its traditions from the Islamic perspective. Qasim Rashid is a best-selling and critically acclaimed author, former visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Islamic Studies Program, and Executive Director of The Peace Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a youth-led movement against hate groups.
“One of the Religion News Foundation’s primary goals is increasing religious literacy in pursuit of creating a more peaceful world based on mutual understanding,” said Tom Gallagher, President and CEO of the Religion News Foundation and CEO and Publisher of the foundation’s subsidiary, Religion News Service.
“A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 65% of immigrant Muslims in the U.S. and 91% of U.S. born Muslims believe there is a lot of discrimination against Muslims,” he said. “There is a lot of misunderstanding about Islam and Muslims and this podcast is a step in the direction of educating the public about both,” said Gallagher. “Qasim Rashid is an important voice that deserves a larger audience,” he said.
“I’m excited to work with RNF on building a truly unique and exciting conversation on Islam for an external and non-Muslim audience,” said Qasim Rashid, co-creator of the Re-Sight Islam Podcast. The podcast was conceptualized early in 2018 and has been under development since then. The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Trump v. Hawaii accelerated our decision to launch later this month.
“I believe my fellow Americans deserve a second look at Islam from the voice of an American Muslim—free of pundits and politicians,” he added. “A look without the taboos of asking the ‘wrong question,’ but instead a frank dialogue and hopefully one in which we have some fun while learning. We’ve lined up some incredible guests to help address the most asked about topics in Islam from Jihad, to women’s rights, to social issues. Most of all, our interactive format is designed to ensure that from the novice to the scholar—anyone interested in learning would benefit from tuning in to Re-Sight Islam.”
Re-Sight Islam will drop its first one-hour podcast on July 30th, 2018.
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Qasim’s latest book #TalkToMe: Changing the Narrative on Race, Religion, & Education was published in 2016. #TalkToMe is a non-fiction memoir on how the power of dialogue can overcome racism, xenophobia, intolerance, and violence.
Previously, Qasim published EXTREMIST: A Response to Geert Wilders & Terrorists Everywhere (2014), which became an Amazon #1 Best Seller on Islam. His first work is the critically acclaimed book, The Wrong Kind of Muslim: An Untold Story of Persecution & Perseverance (2013).
Qasim regularly publishes in multiple platforms including at TIME, The Independent, and the Washington Post. His work has additionally appeared in USA Today, The Daily Beast, and National Public Radio, among various other national and international outlets. Qasim is an oft-invited speaker to universities and houses of worship worldwide, and interviews in a variety of media including the New York Times, FOX News, CNN, Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International, Al Jazeera, and Voice of America, among several other national and international outlets.
Qasim Rashid is a human rights attorney, former Chairman of the Muslim Writers Guild of America, served as a Volunteer Chaplain for the Virginia State Prison system, and offered pro bono legal assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence through the Virginia Poverty Law Center. Qasim, his wife Ayesha, and their three children reside in Virginia. He dreams of one day walking on another planet. You can follow Qasim on Twitter @MuslimIQ.
About Religion News Foundation
Religion News Foundation is a secular educational and charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located at the Columbia, Mo.-based University of Missouri School of Journalism. RNF advances religious literacy through websites, resources, videos, podcasts, networks, training workshops, events and other programs tailor-made for media professionals, corporate clients and the general public. RNF facilitates and encourages discourse about religion in a neutral and informative way without endorsing or promoting any particular belief system or point of view. RNF is the parent of Religion News Service, LLC, an independent nonprofit journalism organization that covers religion, spirituality, ethics and culture. For more information go to http://religion.news/.
Katie Garcia, Athene Strategies