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Muslims, Islamists, Jihadis: What's the Difference?

Join Arab human rights activists Faisal Saeed al-Mutar and Yasmine Mohammed in a conversation about the role of Islam in America, in all of its forms.


Faisal Saeed al-Mutar was born in Iraq and admitted to the United States as a refugee in 2013. While in Iraq, al-Mutar was kidnapped three times by Al-Qaeda because of his secular western lifestyle and lost members of his family to sectarian violence. He is the founder of Ideas Beyond Borders and the Global Secular Humanist Movement (GSHM) and formerly worked for Movements.org to assist dissidents in closed societies around the world. In 2016, al-Mutar received the President's Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama for his commitment to volunteer service in America and around the world.


Yasmine Mohammed is an Arab-Canadian university educator and author who, though born and raised in North America, experienced many of the horrors experienced by Muslims worldwide through her traditional Muslim upbringing. As a child, Mohammed was beaten for not memorizing the Quran, and in her teenage years, she was forced into marrying an Al-Qaeda member who had recently been bailed out of prison by Osama Bin Laden. Unhappy with her marriage and living imprisoned in a niqab and in a house with paper-covered windows, Mohammed escaped with her baby to create a new life.