The surge in Islamophobia, or, as the Runnymede Trust rightly describes it, anti-Muslim racism, globally and in the US in recent years has major impacts on Muslims. For young Muslims, Islamophobia leads to bullying and harassment; 51% of Muslim families in the US report that their child has experienced bullying on account of their faith, twice the percentage of US families generally. For adult Muslims, Islamophobia leads to discrimination in housing, employment, and other areas of life. And all Muslims are affected by Islamophobic hate crimes, including verbal attacks, physical assaults, and vandalism of mosques and other Muslim spaces. Countering Islamophobia is an urgent necessity if we are to move toward a society of mutual understanding, respect, and harmony.
Countering Islamophobia must start with individuals, confronting and questioning implicit biases and educating with reliable sources concerning Muslims. This seminar will help participants confront their biases concerning Muslims and Islam, discover reliable sources on the topic, and counter Islamophobia in their communities.
Participants will learn about the roots and history of Islamophobia and its relationship to other forms of bigotry, all of which are rooted in the Colonial Period. They will then discuss the impact of Islamophobia on Muslim Americans and learn how to counter it through self-education and through using various resources available for learning and teaching about Muslims and Islam. The seminar will be interactive throughout, incorporating small group discussion and activities, and will conclude with participants developing action plans for countering Islamophobia in their community.
Speakers: Maha Elgenaidi (Chief Innovation Officer, ING) and Dr. Zachary Markwith (Education Director, ING).
If you are interested in attending the presentation, register for the 2021 Parliament of World Religions here.