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Fairfield League Of Women Voters Hosting Speaker On 'Islam Today'

Islamic Association president Dr. M. Reza Mansoor to speak at a program on Islam in Fairfield.
Islamic Association president Dr. M. Reza Mansoor to speak at a program on Islam in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Fairfield League of Women Voters will present "Islam Today: Perception and Reality," with Dr. M. Reza Mansoor, Sunday, Sept. 20.

The presentation will be at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road.

The event starts with a reception at 1:30 p.m., followed by a talk by speaker Mansoor from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

A Q&A will be part of his presentation.

The program is free.

Hartford Hospital cardiologist Dr. Mansoor is President of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford and a long-time Trustee of the Hartford Seminary, the country’s oldest center for the study of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations.

He is also the founding President of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut, a nonprofit organization that promotes shared values of mutual respect and social responsibility through community service and educational outreach activities.

A well-known and frequent speaker in Connecticut on Islam, Mansoor is committed to dialogue that promotes understanding of Islam and informs the public about the American-Muslim experience.

Today, more than 100,000 Muslims live in Connecticut, with large enclaves, in particular, in Hartford and its surrounding communities, Waterbury, New Haven, and Bridgeport.

But many Connecticut residents know very little about their Muslim neighbors.

“Not only are we a minority community that is not well understood, we are a relatively new minority community in America,” Mansoor said.

The League program aims to help provide that understanding.

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