Journalists stop at IU Southeast to discuss being Muslim in America

28th February 2011

NEW ALBANY, IN (Feb. 28, 2011) – Two New Yorkers decided during Ramadan 2010 to take a road trip across America. They planned to stop each evening to break their fasts at different mosques in different states.

Although the journey has ended, they are making another stop at Indiana University Southeast to talk about what it is like to be a Muslim in American today.

“30 Mosques in 30 Days: An American Trip” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wed. March 2 in the IU Southeast Library on the third floor.

Journalists, bloggers, and filmmakers, Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq drove more than 13,000 miles during the trip, which included a stop in Manhattan to pray in the infamous “Ground Zero Mosque”, a visit to Ross, N.D. to see the first mosque ever built in the United States, and even got pulled over by a cop in Mississippi.

The pair also blogged daily on their website,, to share how their exploration was a journey into what it means to be Muslim in America today.

Sponsored by IU Southeast and the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, the event is free and open to students, faculty and staff, and the public.

For more information, contact Cliff Staten at (812) 941-2691 or email

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