With Islamophobia on the rise, it is important for us to reflect on how we got here so that we can challenge it effectively.
Individual acts of intimidation and violence do not happen in a vacuum, and certainly did not begin with Brexit, or even 9/11. Anti-Muslim politics and policies have deep historical routes that are still evident today, and they target us all, especially the more vulnerable members of our communities: young, poor, refugee and migrant Muslims.
Join us as we unpack:
- The ways in which Islamophobia manifests at the borders, in the education system, and the media
- How this has come about and what it looks like right now
- How to strategise together on ways to resist.
11.45 Doors open
12.00 Talk & Q&A with Suhraiya Jivraj on 'Islamophobia: Historical Roots, Contemporary Anti-racist Strategies'
Islamophobia is part of a long historical trajectory of racialising the 'other', not just merely a consequence of 9/11. From the crusades to colonialism what is the subject of this 'othering' and why and how does it come about? What would an anti-racist approach to tackle its various manifestations look like? I will explore these questions drawing on critical race/religion and decolonising perspectives.
1.30 Lunch (Prayer space available)
2.30 Workshops to learn about and strategise on:
- Islamophobia at the Borders: how government policy on keeping refugees and migrants out of the country particularly effects Black folks, Muslims, LGBT folks, women, and children.
- Islamophobia in Education (Latifa Akay & Lena Mohamed): how parents' coercion into stating the nationalities of their children, the Prevent strategy's focus on young people from poor communities, and the proliferation of hijab bans in schools are evidence of increasingly Islamophobic education policies.
- Islamophobia in the media (Farah Elahi): the relationship between the state and the media, how mainstream media outlets proliferate Islamophobia, and the reach and effect of far right media outlets.
3.30 - Break
4.00- Closing panel
5.00 - End
If you have any questions about the event please get in touch at email@example.com or call 020 3189 1185.
Dr Suhraiya Jivraj is an activist academic, Senior Lecturer in Law based at the University of Kent and Co-coordinator of the Decolonizing Sexualities Network. She is co-founder and former Co-ordinator of the Safra Project and has worked for a number of anti-discrimination and human rights organisations from grassroots to the UN. Her work draws inspiration from and contributes to critical race/religion studies; gender, sexuality and Islam and post/de-colonial perspectives particularly from the global south. List of publications can be found here:
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