COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Religion News Foundation (“RNF”) is pleased to announce the launch of an educational podcast on Islam titled, Re-Sight Islam™, to be hosted by Qasim Rashid. Re-Sight Islam aims to illuminate and introduce to a largely Western audience the Islamic faith and its traditions from the Islamic perspective. Qasim Rashid is a best-selling and critically acclaimed author, former visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Islamic Studies Program, and Executive Director of The Peace Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a youth-led movement against hate groups.
“One of the Religion News Foundation’s primary goals is increasing religious literacy in pursuit of creating a more peaceful world based on mutual understanding,” said Tom Gallagher, President and CEO of the Religion News Foundation and CEO and Publisher of the foundation’s subsidiary, Religion News Service.
“A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 65% of immigrant Muslims in the U.S. and 91% of U.S. born Muslims believe there is a lot of discrimination against Muslims,” he said. “There is a lot of misunderstanding about Islam and Muslims and this podcast is a step in the direction of educating the public about both,” said Gallagher. “Qasim Rashid is an important voice that deserves a larger audience,” he said.
“I’m excited to work with RNF on building a truly unique and exciting conversation on Islam for an external and non-Muslim audience,” said Qasim Rashid, co-creator of the Re-Sight Islam Podcast. The podcast was conceptualized early in 2018 and has been under development since then. The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Trump v. Hawaii accelerated our decision to launch later this month.