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Launchgood Ramadan Campaign

Launchgood Ramadan Campaign: Islamophobia is the new status quo Islamophobia has left the Muslim community vulnerable and facing grave danger. Racist rhetoric has already translated into violent...

Islamophobia Conference

 5th Annual Conference on Islamophobia in Paris, France

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Saturday, December 9th, 2017

Paris, France

Call for papers and conference theme coming soon.

Paris Summer Program 2017

2017 Paris Summer Program

2017 PARIS, FRANCE SUMMER PROGRAM Demonizing and Otherizing Muslim in Civil Society Summer 2017 Location: Paris, France Dates: July 16th - 28th, 2017 Units: 3 units, Zaytuna or IRDP Certificate,...

Director's Corner

Othering Islam and Muslims in America
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Othering Islam and Muslims in America

Since its founding, the United States of America has constantly struggled to define its identity and to classify who belongs and who are the ostracized. From the first days of the republic, African Americans and Native Americans were not part of “We the People” and were denied full membership in the newly formed society, while white women, though included as members in the racial category, were denied equal rights and enfranchisement under the Constitution.

The structural exclusion and otherization was written into the DNA at the country’s foundation and continues to be the modus operandi utilized regularly to navigate and construct a national identity. Tracing U.S.’s history takes us through a long, windy and torturous road of otherization, violence and exclusion that affected every group that has made its way to the country’s shores: from Italians, Jews, Polish, Russians, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Koreans, Mexicans, Cubans, El Salvadorans and all the way up to the present-day Syrians, Afghans, Somalians, Nigerians, Yemenis and other Arab and Muslim immigrants and refugees. Consequently, otherization in good old U.S. of A. is as American as apple pie!

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