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Dr. Omar Khalidi Visited Ufa and Chelyabinsk and Discussed Muslim Life in America (Apr 18, 2004)

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Dr. Omar Khalidi Visited Ufa and Chelyabinsk and Discussed Muslim Life in America
April 18, 2004

Dr. Omar Khalidi from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology visited Ufa and Chelyabinsk from April 18th to the 23rd to present his photo exhibit “Architecture of American Mosques”. In addition, Dr. Khalidi spoke in front of more than 250 students at three universities about the acceptance of Islam and Muslims in American society. He further used his photos of American Mosques to illustrate the diversity of the Muslim community in American and show how it has adapted to and influenced the larger society.

Dr. Kahlidi toured a number of Mosques in the region and met with their Imams to discuss issues that face Muslims in both the U.S. and Russia. Additionally, the conversations touched upon the high level of tolerance in American society for people of all faiths and that Muslims in America are able to carry two identities of being American and Muslim. Dr. Khalidi was also invited to speak in front of more than 60 students and other interested Muslims at a local Madrassa in Ufa and meet with the Deputy Mufti of Bashkortostan.

Dr. Khalidi’s photo exhibits were opened in Ufa and Chelyabinsk and drew the interest of the local Muslim community. Four television stations as well as radio and print media covered the events and interviewed Dr. Khalidi.

Biography of Dr. Omar Khalidi

Dr. Omar Khalidi is a staff member of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, MIT Department of Architecture. He was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. Dr. Khalidi was educated at Wichita State University, BA (1980). He lived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and worked at King Saud University in the 1980s, and then moved back to the United States to obtain an M.A. at Harvard University, 1991, then earned a PhD at University of Wales at Lampeter, Wales, UK, in 1994. He is the author of several books and articles on Islam in America and mosque architecture. Dr Khalidi has lectured on religious freedom, pluralism, Islam and democracy, positive acceptance of others at various forums in the universities in the United States, Europe, Persian Gulf states, India and Pakistan.

He is the author of several publications, including, “Approaches to Mosque Design in North America,” (1999); “The Architecture and Campus Planning of Osmania University,” and “American Architecture of Islamic Inspiration.”