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Humanizing the human is dehumanizing!

Humanizing the human is dehumanizing!

"Humanizing the human is dehumanizing!" The proclivity of governments and civil society institutions across the globe to engage the Muslim subject has created a set...
From Granada to Guantanamo: The torturing of the Muslim subject

From Granada to Guantanamo: The torturing of the Muslim subject

"From Granada to Guantanamo: The torturing of the Muslim Subject" Teaching a summer course on Muslim Decolonial Thought in Granada, Spain, brought me again into...
Othering Islam and Muslims in America

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...

ISLAMOPHOBIA CONFERENCE, PARIS

Call for Papers

Islamophobia Conference, Paris 2017 | December 9, 2017

Hosted jointly by the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project of the University of California, Berkeley, and the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies of the University of Leeds, UK. This year’s conference the theme: Theoretical and Pedagogical Approaches to Islamophobia Studies Field. Submissions are due October 30, 2017 and are to include: A 300-word abstract and a 100 words bio in a paragraph format to be used for the program if accepted. Send the abstract to the attention of Dr. Hatem Bazian, IRDP. Invites for selected papers go out November 7th and final papers due for all participants are due December 1st. Click read more, for more information and to apply.

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NEW Legalizing Othering: The United States of Islamophobia

This report on the anti-Sharia movement in the United States addresses the legalized othering of Muslim communities across the nation through anti-Muslim legislation and bills between the years 2000 and 2016. Within the broader context of rising anti-Muslim sentiment, discrimination, securitization and acts of violence against Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim, this report sheds light on the anti-Sharia movement – part of the more organized, contemporary Islamophobia movement in the US since 2010. As a result of these organized Islamophobia efforts, the anti-Sharia legislation movement has been established, and continues to expand, by an unfounded fear of “creeping Sharia,” proliferated by fabrications, lies, and intentionally misconstrued information surrounding Muslims in the United States.

FEATURED BOOK ON ISLAMOPHOBIA

Covering Islam

Edward Said

In this classic work, now updated, the author of Culture and Imperialism reveals the hidden agendas and distortions of fact that underlie even the most “objective” coverage of the Islamic world.

From the Iranian hostage crisis through the Gulf War and the bombing of the World Trade Center, the American news media have portrayed “Islam” as a monolithic entity, synonymous with terrorism and religious hysteria. At the same time, Islamic countries use “Islam” to justify unrepresentative and often repressive regimes. Combining political commentary with literary criticism, Covering Islam continues Edward Said’s lifelong investigation of the ways in which language not only describes but also defines political reality.

FEATURED ARTICLE ON ISLAMOPHOBIA

Epistemic Islamophobia & Colonial Social Sciences

Ramon Grosfoguel

This article explores how epistemic racism shapes contemporary discussions on Islamophobia. Epistemic Racism is an underestimated aspect of racism. The first part is a discussion about epistemic racism in the world-system.

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