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Virginia Arab American Political Forum 26th Annual Candidates' Night Dinner 

 

On September 28, the Virginia Arab American Political Forum will host its 26th Annual Candidates' Night Dinner. Among the invited guests are U.S. Senate Candidates Mark R. Warner, Ed Gillespie, and Robert Sarvis. Hon. James P. Moran will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Arab Fest 

 

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On September 27, Arab Fest will be held at Bull Run Regional Park. Arab Fest is a celebration of Arab culture in the United States, designed to bring people from all walks of life to enjoy a day of Arab culture. The festival strives to change the image of Arabs in the U.S. through food, music, cultural dance and entertainment.

 

Saints Peter and Paul 31st Annual Middle Eastern Cultural Festival 

 

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On September 26-28, Saints Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church will hold their 31st Annual Middle Eastern Cultural Festival. This annual festival is a community milestone and will feature fun and games for the whole family. 

 

Iraq After America: Strongman, Sectarians, Resistance

 

Iraqi Today, the New America Foundation will hold "Iraq After America: Strongman, Sectarians, Resistance." More than a decade after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, most studies of the conflict focus on the twin questions of whether the United States should have entered the country in 2003 and whether it should have exited in 2011, but few have examined the new Iraqi state and society on its own merits.

 

2 Causes, 1 Night: Fundraising Dinner for Gaza + Syria

 

Gaza Children On September 26, the University of Maryland College Park Organization of Arab Students and The University of Maryland Baltimore College Arab Student Union will hold a Fundraising Dinner: United for Humanity, for Gaza and Syria. Islamic Relief USA will cosponsor.

 

A Commemoration: The Contributions and Poetry of Samih al-Qasim

 

On September 26, the Jerusalem Fund will host a an evening of commemoration of Samih al-Qasim. The late poet Samih al-Qasim died on August 19, 2014, at the age of 75, after many years of battling cancer. This event is co-sponsored by Al-Hewar Center. Introductory comments will be made by Dr. Clovis Maksoud, followed by readings of Samih al-Qasim's poetry in English by Dr. Edmund Ghareeb and readings in Arabic by Dr. Shawki Kassis. Ms. Zeina Azzam will present excerpts from correspondence between al-Qasim and Mahmoud Darwish, and Mr. Walid Keilani will read from his own poetry.

 

Michigan
Syria: Internal Political Turmoil & Regional Interests - A Panel Discussion

 

Syria
On September 25, the Arab American Heritage Council will hold a panel discussion on the internal and regional Syrian conflict and its implications on American policy making. The balanced panel discussion will present contradicting and diverse political views that continue to shape the Syrian conflict and represent both those who oppose and defend the Syrian Regime.

 

Palestine Cultural Day

 

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On September 28, the Ramallah Club of Detroit will host a Palestine Cultural Day. The event will feature live entertainment, kids attractions, and authentic Middle Eastern foods. There will be local singers, rappers, stand-up comedy, folk dancing groups, a traditional fashion show, and more. All proceeds to benefit Medical Missions in Palestine.                                    
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New York  
Huda Asfour's Quartet Presents "Mosaic"

 

On September 27, Alwan for the Arts will host Hoda Asfour's Quartet in concert as they present their new project entitled "Mosaic." For Huda Asfour, a Palestinian who was born in the turmoil of Lebanese-Israeli war in 1982, music became her tool to present her experience as a young Palestinian. She started formal training in oriental music in Tunis at the age of 13, after which she moved to Palestine. In 1996, she joined the National Conservatory of Music in Gaza and moved only two years later to Ramallah where she studied under the supervision of Khaled Jubran. Huda also had the chance to train under the famous Kanoun player, Said Rajab.

 

News   
New Book Examines the Origins of Islam and How Fundamentalist Groups Have Misrepresented the Religion

 

At a time when ISIS, the Taliban, al-Queda and other fundamentalist groups are starting wars and committing acts of terror on both Muslims and non-Muslims, it is critical to examine the origin of Islam and how these groups have misinterpreted the religion to meet their own needs. Arab America's Rachel Partain reports.

 

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