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Presentations and Workshops

Our interactive on-site presentations are customized to fit the needs of our hosts and are designed to achieve the following objectives:

  • Provide customized information about Muslims as requested by the hosts
  • Cultivate a sustainable relationship between the local American Muslim community and the wider community
  • Answer the audience’s questions

Overview of Islam

American Muslims: Beliefs and Practices

Provides an overview of Muslim beliefs, demographics, practices and common misconceptions about Islam and Muslims.

Duration of the presentation: 45, 60, or 90 minutes

Audience: Middle and high schools, universities, and civic and faith-based organizations

Recommended for: Youth groups, Sunday study groups, Confirmation classes, inquisitive groups, women’s groups, civic groups.

Muslim Women: Past, Present, and Future

Examines the role of women in Islam and showcases important Muslim women in history and the modern world. Suitable for courses related to women studies, world religions and civil rights.

Duration of the presentation:  45, 60, or 90 minutes

Audience: Middle and high schools, universities, and civic and faith based-organization

Recommended for: Women’s History Month, sisterhoods and women’s auxiliaries, book clubs, study groups

Muhammad: Prophet of Islam

Introducing Muhammad, the Prophet – Peace be upon him.  Drawing from traditional sources, this presentation covers the background history of Arabia before Islam, the Prophet’s early life and the changes he brought to Arabian society through 23 years of Prophethood, the formation of the nascent city-state in Medina, and the foundation of a Muslim majority world. 

Duration of the presentation: 45, 60, or 90 minutes

Audience: Middle school, high school students, universities, and civic and faith-based organizations

Recommended for: Youth groups, weekend study groups, special study groups

What the World Would Be Like Without Muslims?

Explores the many contributions of Muslims and their impact in the world we live in today. These contributions cover areas such as science, mathematics, food, clothing, furniture, music, architecture, astronomy, medicine, and more.

Duration of the presentation: 45, 60, or 90 minutes

Audience: Middle and high schools, universities, and civic and faith based-organizations

Recommended for: Science and History classes, library programs

Roots and History of the American Muslims

A fascinating account of the rich and diverse lives and legacies of America’s earliest Muslims, including enslaved Africans, early convert to Islam, and Muslim immigrants.

Duration of the presentation: 45, 60, or 90 minutes

Audience:  Middle and high schools, universities, and civic and faith based-organizations

Recommended for: Black History Month, churches, book clubs and study groups

Understanding Islamic Practices and Traditions

Hajj

This presentation looks at the once in a lifetime religious obligation of pilgrimage on Muslims. Who can go to Hajj? When does it take place? What are the rituals? What is the background for Hajj?

Duration of the presentation: 60 or 90 minutes

Audience: Advanced high school students, universities, and civic and faith-based organizations

Recommended for: Anyone interested in learning

Muslim Holidays

What are the major holidays Muslims observe? When do they happen? How do Muslims celebrate their holidays? These questions and more are answered in this presentation.

Duration of the presentation: 60 or 90 minutes

Audience: Advanced high school students, universities, and civic and faith-based organizations

Recommended for: Anyone interested in learning

Ramadan Demystified

This presentation gives a deeper insight into the fasting observance of Muslims. It includes information about the significance of the month, calendar, timing, rules of the fasting, who can and cannot fast, and the practices of Muslims during this month.

Duration of the presentation: 60 or 90 minutes

Audience: Advanced high school students, universities, and civic and faith-based organizations

Recommended for: Anyone interested in learning

The Quran Explained

Introduces the Muslim scriptures, the Quran; the process of revelation according to Muslim sources; its structure and organization; and its position in the development of Muslim societies. Also includes a suggested approach to verses, which are considered controversial, such as ones pertaining to warfare. 

Duration of the presentation: 45, 60, or 90 minutes

Audience: Advanced high school students, universities, and civic and faith-based organizations

Recommended for: Senior Study adult groups

Special Presentations

Custom Presentations

We will customize a presentation or workshop for your needs.  Tell us what you are looking for and we will work with you to design it and deliver it. 

Duration of the presentation: Variable

Audience: Custom

Recommended for: Anyone interested in learning

Children’s Program (3-7 years old)

Children’s Program 

An interactive session that includes story time followed by crafts that are related to Muslim prayers, observances and holidays.

Duration of the presentation: Variable

Audience: 3-7 years old

Recommended for: Anyone interested in learning

Cultural Competency Workshops

Cultural Competency for Law Enforcement: Working with American Muslims

Developed for law enforcement at the federal, state and local levels in non-emergency situations.  Law enforcement gains insight into effectively interacting with the American Muslim communities.  In addition, the training provides suggestions on how to build sustainable relationships with the American Muslim community. The interactive workshop can include case studies and role-plays.

Duration of the presentation: 45, 60, or 90 minutes

Audience: Federal, state and local law enforcement

Recommended for: Include in a cultural competency-training curriculum

Cultural Competency Training for Teachers and Educators

Working Effectively with Muslim Students and their Families provides valuable information and resources for preventing harassment and bullying and improving interaction with Muslim students and their families while helping build an inclusive learning environment for all students. The training examines reasonable accommodations for Ramadan fasting, prayers, and physical education just to name a few areas.

Duration of the presentation: 60, 90 or 120 minutes

Audience: K-12 administrators and teachers, and Universities' College of Education

Recommended for: Public and private schools administrators, teachers and assistants

Cultural Competency for Healthcare: Working with Muslim Patients and their Families

Developed for the healthcare community (hospitals, hospice, chaplaincy, medical students & doctor’s offices) this interactive presentation serves as an introduction to American Muslims, Islamic concepts and cultural competency around Muslim patients. Includes information specific to healthcare situations (HIPAA, etc.) and audience scenario participation.

Duration of the presentation: 45, 60, or 90 minutes

Audience: Health care providers, hospice staff, hospital staff, pastoral care providers, pastoral care students, and medical students.

Recommended for: Include in a cultural competency-training curriculum

Workshops for the Muslim Community

ARISE (new)

This unique workshop provides tools and proven techniques to empower people in engaging in meaningful interfaith dialogue. This workshop is both exciting and interactive, allowing its participants to practice techniques for fostering meaningful conversations.

Duration of the presentation: Variable

Audience: Anyone interested in learning

Recommended for: Anyone interested in learning

Straight Talk part 1 (middle school students through College)

Provides tools to boost self-esteem, win friends and become a positive influencer.
The youth participants have an opportunity to share the current environment in
middle and high schools. Answering difficult questions specific to world events and
developing a personal plan of action are some of the key takeaways from this
workshop.

Duration of the presentation: 45, 60, or 90 minutes

Audience: K-12 administrators and teachers, faculty in colleges and schools of education, department chairs, deans and pre-service teachers.

Recommended for: Include in Cultural Competency training curriculum.

Straight Talk part 2 (parent workshop)

This interactive workshop compliments the Youth Workshop. It provides an opportunity for parents to positively interact with other concerned stakeholders in understanding the current environment and the challenges therein. Best practices are shared for positive engagement and recognition of the impact of the individual.

Duration of the presentation: 45, 60, or 90 minutes

Audience: Muslim parents, and community leaders.

Recommended for: Include in Cultural Competency training curriculum.

Films

You bring the popcorn and we will bring the film!

ISB has a repertoire of films about Islam and Muslims and our trained facilitators will lead the discussion after the films.

Allah Made Me Funny

Run-time: I h 23 min

The film follows three acclaimed Muslim comedians on stage and off as they lift the veil to reveal the humorous truth of what it’s really like to be Muslim in America. Mo Amer, Azhar Usman and Preacher Moss poke fun at themselves, their communities, government, human nature and the tricky predicament of living in post-9/11 America.

Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think

Documentary Run-time: 55 min

The film .
This film shares Gallup research on Islam and Muslims.  Focused on the issues of Gender Justice, Terrorism, and Democracy -the film presents this remarkable data deftly, showing how it challenges the popular notion that Muslims and the West are on a collision course. Like the research, the film highlights a shared relationship that is based on facts – not fear.

Inside Islam

Documentary Run-time: 55 min

This film shares Gallup research on Islam and Muslims.  Focused on the issues of Gender Justice, Terrorism, and Democracy -the film presents this remarkable data deftly, showing how it challenges the popular notion that Muslims and the West are on a collision course. Like the research, the film highlights a shared relationship that is based on facts – not fear.

Prince Among Slaves

Run-time: 58 min

A story of an African prince captured and sold as a slave.  The film tells the story of Abdul Rahman, trilingual, a military general and heir to a West African nation the size of Great Britain, who did not return to Africa for 40 years. In that time, he toiled on Foster’s plantation. He married a fellow slave, Isabella, and they had nine children. Gradually, he also became the most famous African in America, attracting the support of President John Quincy Adams and Secretary of State Henry Clay. Abdul Rahman returned to Africa at the age 67, only to fall ill and die just as the word of his return reached his former kingdom.

Throughout a life of Shakespearean dimensions, Abdul Rahman maintained his dignity and hope for the freedom of his people.

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