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Review for Salaam Network Inc, Louisville, KY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am writing to commend the work of the Salaam Network which increases education and awareness of the Islamic religion. I work as a librarian serving a population so diverse as to include over 136 languages in our public school system.

One of our largest populations is the Islamic ummah. This diverse population includes families of many backgrounds – professionals, the working poor, those from urban areas to those from rural camps. As neighborhoods rapidly begin to change and schools and work places have seen an increase in the Muslim population many questions arise. Most people growing up in Kentucky haven’t had much exposure to Islam nor had an experience learning about Islamic civilizations and contributions from math, science to the arts. We pride ourselves in being a city of “ Compassion” as part of the Karen Armstrong initiative and this past year we were deemed a “ Welcoming City” .

Salaam Network stepped in to educate a general public in both religious institutions and in our public library system about a range of topics from an interfaith panel entitled Women in Four Traditions : Journey Towards Wholeness to a month long series addressing terrorism. For many born in KY there is a large gap in our world history. Many of us were taught of stagnant times during the Middle Ages, never learning of the flourishing civilizations of nations and communities outside of Europe. Supplementing this “mis-education” is not only a benefit to KY born non –Muslims but to Muslim children and youth as well. Ensuring that young Muslims truly learn the theological foundation to their religion as well as historical accomplishments in philosophy and the sciences. Growing young immigrants confronted with the complexities of identity and adolescences are behooved to be privy to mixed audiences taking pride in the accomplishments of a diverse and rich history.

Through the Salaam Network , Dr. Hassan has gathered a core group of presenters with years of knowledge and life experience between them. They have then matched their area of expertise to any given audience. The library was invited to table events that were hosted outside of our institutions. Through this partnership we were able to network and connect with community leaders of many different backgrounds. Not only were the presentations informative but these relationships created and nurtured have been a true asset to our city.

We appreciate the opportunity to have partnered with the Salaam Network and look forward to their continued growth and service to interfaith dialog and community building in a time when civil discourse and education about one another is truly vital to the growth of our democracy.

Role:  Volunteer