With the debate still swirling on the Duke University campus, our weekly columnist Omid Safi was invited to appear on the MSNBC show All In with Chris Hayes on Monday evening. University administrators reversed their decision to allow a muezzin to issue the adhan, the Islamic call to prayer, once a week from the Duke Chapel bell tower after Franklin Graham and others protested the event.
Dr. Safi is the director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center and has been immersed in the imbroglio and saw the invitation from Duke’s Office of Religious Life as “a way of honoring the 700 Muslim members of the Duke community and also as a token of pluralism for celebrating the really vibrant community” at Duke.
Scrub in to the 3:05 mark and watch their conversation. I’d welcome the chance to hear how you hear Dr. Safi’s ideas about unwavering pluralism and inclusiveness, and what it means to create a vibrant community that offers a sense of security and protection as we try to uphold these values.