He concluded by suggesting that in order for the American society to move toward a greater understanding of its own religious pluralism, and for Muslims to appreciate issues to do with their own diversity and that of American society at large, efforts must be made to shift discussions about pluralism from circles of educated elites to the grassroots.
This Seminar Series will be held throughout 2002 and speakers in the series will include scholars from various disciplines, with expertise in Islam and Muslim society and culture. The next seminar on April 11, 2002 will be conducted by Professor John Bowen.
Proceedings from the Seminar Series will be published in the form of an edited volume of papers by the IIS in association with I. B. Tauris. The series is being co-ordinated by Zulfikar A Hirji, IIS Research Fellow and doctoral candidate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford (Wolfson College).