Challenging Islamophobia: Strategies for Change

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On Tuesday, 29th March 2022, the Markfield Centre for Contemporary Islam (Markfield Institute), Centre of Ethnicity and Racism Studies (University of Leeds) and the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre (De Montfort University) teamed up to run a workshop developing effective strategies for countering Islamophobia. Challenging Islamophobia: Strategies for Change included presentations from a range of scholars whose research focuses on Islamophobia, as well as a number of interactive workshop activities throughout the day.

The workshop was well attended, and the day consisted of lots of discussion and debate amongst attendees. The day began with Dr AbdoolKarim Vakil’s (Kings College London) paper Envisioning Islamophobia and Beyond, and Dr Amina Easat-Daas (De Montfort University) presenting on Gendered Islamophobia in France. This was followed by a group activity led by Dr M.G Khan of Barnardo’s.

This was followed by the second panel in which Dr Ismail Patel (University of Leeds) discussed the Challenges of Activism, and Isobel Ingham-Barrow (Community Policy Forum) discussed Promoting Meaningful Policymaking: Challenges for Muslim Communities.

The second half of the day saw a number of scholars leading workshops on Islamophobia and the NHS, Islam and Microaggressions, and how Madrassas can work to challenge Islamophobia.

The final panel saw Dr Haroon Bashir (Markfield Institute) discuss the need to recover narratives of resistance from within Islamic history, and Professor Salman Sayyid spoke on Global Islamophobia. The day finished with a session discussing the next steps that can be taken to challenge Islamophobia in contemporary times.