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Islamophobia: Rooted in their Religion, or our Politics?

Speaker – Junaid Ahmad

The term Islamophobia has always been a highly contested term. The debate about whether it actually exists gained prominence since the 9/11 attacks in the US, 7/7 here in the UK, and a host of other violent attacks during the age of the ‘Global War on Terror.’ For a good part of the past two decades, Islamophobia was considered to be either a figment of our imagination, or a justified response to ‘violent Muslim behaviour,’ or merely a fleeting phenomenon as an understandable reaction to particular events, and would eventually disappear. The fact that Islamophobia has not vanished but only intensified and ‘travelled’ throughout the world compels us to critically assess the claims of its roots and ongoing persistence.


Junaid S. Ahmad is Secretary-General of the International Movement to Create a Just World (JUST-Kuala Lumpur); a PhD candidate in decolonial thought at the School of Sociology, University of Leeds; a fellow at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA-Istanbul); and the Director of the Center for Global Studies at the School of Advanced Studies, University of Management and Technology (UMT), Lahore, Pakistan.



Each session starts at 19.30 and finishes at 21.00 – though discussion can continue in the café.

Donation: £3 but no one turned away for lack of funds