Between Hope & Fear: Islam in North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 22, 2016
Contact: Rebekah Radisch
UNC-TV Marketing Communications & Engagement

Explore the Muslim Experience in North Carolina Between Hope & Fear: Islam in North Carolina

Premieres Thursday, September 22 , at 10 PM

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK—Islam, particularly over the past 15 years, seems everywhere in the news. Media and messages highlight competing ideologies and extremes. Estimates about the current Muslim population in North Carolina vary from 26,000 (North Carolina Public Radio WUNC) to 38,000 (Voice of America), but one thing is certain, North Carolinians hear mixed messages about this religion on the rise. To separate realities from untruths, UNC-TV presents a timely, in-studio panel discussion entitled Between Hope & Fear: Islam in North Carolina , premiering Thursday, September 22 , at 10 PM.

Hosted by WRAL-TV's David Crabtree, this UNC-TV original production goes beyond the headlines to delve deeply into the Muslim experience in North Carolina. Crabtree and his guests examine what Islam is and what it is not, the fears felt by Muslims and non-Muslims, separating reactionary views from reality and, through it all, how to find common ground in order to respect diverse belief systems.

Along with a panel of local experts, Crabtree explores ways Muslims and non-Muslims can better facilitate conversation to achieve greater understanding of each other.

Panelists include:

  • Abdullah T. Antepli —chief representative of Muslim Affairs/adjunct faculty of Islamic Studies, Duke University
  • Manzoor Cheema —human rights activist; founder, Muslims for Social Justice
  • Deonna Kelli Sayed —writer, storyteller and producer/host of the Ask a Muslim Anything podcast.
  • David Schanzer —director, Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security; Associate Professor of the Practice, Sanford School of Public Policy
Consider fresh points of view on Between Hope & Fear: Islam in North Carolina , premiering Thursday, September 22 , at 10 PM, on UNC-TV.

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