SOAS University of London

Centre for the Study of Pakistan

Beyond Islamophobia


Date: 7 June 2014Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 8 June 2014Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

The conference will seek to identify possible paths beyond the current impasse, thinking about what is needed for Islam and Muslims to gain greater acceptance in civil society, how understand can emerge, and how trust can replace mistrust in intercultural relations.

TimeSpeaker's Name and Panel
Saturday 7 June 2014 
9.00 - 9.30Registration
9.30 - 10.00Welcome and Opening Remarks
10.00 -11.00  Panel 1: Islamophobia, the Law and the State
Maleiha Malik, Sharia Courts, Minority Legal Orders and Liberal Democracy
Houria Bouteldja, Islamophobia is a state racism
11.00 - 11.15Break
11.15 - 12.15  Panel 2: Historical Roots of Islamophobia
Peter Gottschalk, Islamophobia: An Imperial Inheritance
AbdoolKarim Vakil, Present at the Creation?: Islamophobia and the Making of Muslims
12.15 - 1.45Lunch
1.45 - 2.45  Panel 3: Education and Community Empowerment
Sarah Soyei, Creating Critical Thinkers: Educating Young People to Reject Islamophobia
Shenaz Bunglawala, Engaging Communities in Challenging Islamophobia?
2.45 - 3.00Break
3.00 - 4.00  Panel 4: Challenging Islamophobia: Gender and Art
Amina Yaqin, Intercultural and familial tales of trust and mistrust: the “halal” romance of Leila Aboulela’s Minaret
Madeline Clements, Seeing Beyond? Engagements with Islamophobia in Pakistani art exhibited in Britain in the post-9/11 decade
4.00 - 4.15Faiza Butt introduces Second Glance/Double Take art exhibition
4.15 - 6.00Salah D. Hassan introduces Migrations of Islam: Muslim American Cultural Expression in the 21st Century
Sunday 8 June 2014 
9.30 - 10.00Registration
10.00 - 11.00  Panel 5: Islamophobia and Governmental Policy
Chris Allen, Islamophobia in the British Policy Spaces: in retrospect and prospect
Nathan Lean, A Manufactured Prejudice: The Three ‘I’s of Islamophobia in America
11.00 - 11.15Break
11.15 - 12.15  Panel 6: Internet and New Media
Fiyaz Mughal, On-line Hatred & Anti-Muslim Prejudice
Asmaa Soliman,Young Muslims in Germany and their Usage of New Media to Counter Islamophobia
12.15 - 1.30Lunch
1.30 - 2.45 Keynote Address
John L. Esposito, Islam, Islamophobia & the Role Media in America
2.45 - 3.00Break
3.00 - 4.00  Panel 7: Islamophobia and Literature
Geoffrey Nash, Islamophobia, Postcolonialism, and Contemporary British Literature
Peter Morey, Muslim Misery Memoirs: Exotic Suffering, Truth and Genre
4.00 - 5.00  Panel 8: Islamophobia, Race and Racism
Sherene Razack, Law’s Preoccupation with the Muslim Psyche: How Muslims Are Bodies Outside the Law
Stephen Sheehi, Post-Islamophobia: Islamophobia in Post-Racial America
5.00Closing Remarks 
Abstracts and Biographies

Full programme and additional abstracts will be available in due course. 


The conference is free and open to the public.  Registration essential to guarantee a place. 

Registration is now closed. Any available seats will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Exhibition: Second Glance/Double Take

A small exhibition, linked to the Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue research project's "Beyond Islamophobia" conference, will run alongside the conference in the Khalili Lecture Theatre foyer. ‘Second Glance/Double Take’ brings together works by Lahore- and London-based Pakistani fine artists that connect in both bold and subtle ways with the themes of the conference, which aims to examine the different forms and shapes Islamophobia takes; how it can be understood; and how society might think and see towards the more trusting intercultural relationships that may be established beyond it.    Read More

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