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AAR Workshop: Confronting Islamophobia

Equipping Scholars of Religion to Understand and Challenge Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Friday, November 17, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
AAR Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

Workshop Co-leaders:

Todd Green, Associate Professor of Religion, Luther College
Homayra Ziad, Scholar of Islam, Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies

Workshop Speakers:

Jacqueline A. Bussie, Concordia College, Moorhead
Jordan Duffner, Georgetown University
Zareena Grewal, Associate Professor of American Studies and Religious Studies, Yale University
Juliane Hammer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sylvester Johnson, Assistant Vice Provost for the Humanities, Virginia Tech University
Khalil Abdur Rashid, Muslim Chaplain, Harvard University
Josh Seftel, Director and Producer of The Secret Lives of Muslims
Simran Jeet Singh, Assistant Professor of Religion, Trinity University
Najeeba Syeed, Associate Professor of Interreligious Education, Claremont School of Theology

Anti-Muslim bigotry and racism have risen to epidemic proportions in the United States. The AAR recognizes the importance of equipping a broader array of religion scholars, particularly but not exclusively those with little expertise in Islam, with knowledge, tools, and strategies to challenge anti-Muslim prejudice in the public square. Advance registration is required.

Among the topics addressed in the workshop:

  • What political and cultural factors, practices and policies drive anti-Muslim bigotry in the United States?
  • How does Islamophobia intersect with racism and with other forms of religious bigotry?
  • Who are the casualties of Islamophobia?
  • What are the tropes and tactics employed by the professional Islamophobia Industry, and how does knowledge of these shape strategies to counter the rhetoric?
  • How can we use our scholarly training in religion, irrespective of specialization, to unpack Islamophobic discourse, and what knowledge of Islam, if any, is required?
  • What are the risks involved in speaking out against Islamophobia, and how can we best protect ourselves from harassment?

The cost of registration is $40. The deadline to register is November 14, 2017. AAR membership is required.


No refunds after October 26, 2017.