This discussion will offer contemporary and historical context to those who are seeking to better understand the power of Islamophobia, recently on display in the massacre of Muslims at prayer in Christchurch, Aotearoa, New Zealand. Muslims have long made their homes in the United States, including in Oregon, where Islamophobia has often been linked to other dangerous and radical ideologies. Various types of propaganda stoke fear of Shari’a, depict Muslim men as angry and violent, and portray Muslim women as oppressed — and these stereotypes are perpetuated in sometimes unexpected places. In Oregon as in other places, racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia have intersected to perpetuate white supremacist and white nationalist ideology. This panel discussion will explain those connections and will offer tools that individuals and communities can employ to help stop the spread of Islamophobia.
Ability Accommodation Information
This event provides the following accommodations:
- Handicap Accessible
Kambiz GhaneaBassiri is professor of religion and humanities at Reed College and the author of A History of Islam in America: From the New World to the New World Order (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
Steven M. Wasserstrom is The Moe and Izetta Tonkon Professor of Judaic Studies and the Humanities at Reed College and author of Between Muslim and Jew: The Problem of Symbiosis under Early Islam (Princeton University Press, 1995).