Middle School Religion Assembly Addresses Islam and the Sacred Text
Dr. Imad Damaj, a professor of pharmacology and toxicology at VCU and a board member of the Islamic Center of Virginia, spoke about Islam and the sacred text at the fourth Middle School Religion Assembly.
A visionary leader, Dr. Damaj understands that an increasing religious diversity presents communities and the nation with a choice: bridges or barriers.
“We have a new reality, and we either have to choose between being an inclusive, open place to all, or to continue in the lines of divisions and anxieties and intolerance that? bring the worst out in us," he said. "And I think this diversity we have is going to bring out the best in us.”
Dr. Damaj’s leadership in the interfaith movement in Richmond is shaped by this view. His role as president and founder of the Virginia Muslim Coalition for Public Affairs, involvement in multiple interfaith and community organizations across the Greater Richmond area and as a key leader in both the Muslim community and a range of civic organizations, place him at the center of Richmond’s interfaith scene. Read more about Dr. Damaj and his work on Harvard's Pluralism Project website.