being Muslim in a post-September 11 College
Afaf Qayyum is secretary and a spokesperson for the Muslim Students
Association, a group of approximately 150, about half of whom
did September 11 affect MSA's activities on campus?
Rockefeller Chapel has held interfaith solidarity events, and
we moved our normal juma [Friday] prayer from Bond Chapel
out to the quads to increase visibility. Islamic Awareness Week
[Nov. 9-16] was an opportunity to respond to the overwhelming
student interest [in Islam].
topics has MSA addressed?
There has been a lot of interest in the Koran and how verses
can be interpreted in various ways. The Feminist Majority asked
us to do a teach-in about the hijab, the scarf many women
wear over their hair.
was the reception on campus for Muslim students?
had an overwhelming amount of supportive e-mail immediately
after the attacks-and not just from campus. When you search
online for "Muslim" and "Chicago," apparently
we're the first group that comes up. People just wanted to reach
out to someone who's Muslim. Many expressed their condolences.