Top Islamophobic Incidents of 2021


Islamophobia in India

At least six people, including a former spokesman of India’s governing right-wing party, are arrested over anti-Muslim slogans raised in the capital in New Dehli.


Islamophobia in China

Apple lobbied against Uyghur Labor Prevention Act.  They also cowered to the Chinese government and issued a removal of the Qur’an App from the China App store.


France's Islamophobic Campaign

France’s Islamophobic campaign, which saw a hijab ban for minors under 18, and the introduction of an anti-terror separatist law. 


Attack on Palestine

Israel’s attacks on Al-Aqsa mosque in the last ten days of Ramadan, and on the 27th night which was then followed by a bombing campaign in Gaza .


Hit & Run

In London, ON, Canada hit and run kills entire Muslim family.


European Union Islamophobia

The European Union Parliament motion called on the EU Commission to amend eligibility for programs to draw from Union budget for outspoken Muslim academics and their political agency.  The Austrian government targeted Muslim institutions and individuals, which included ISC scholar Dr. Farid Hafez.


Schools Exhibiting Islamophobia

Baltimore County public school leaders remove an image depicting a negative stereotype of people who practice Islam from the school system’s online math curriculum. 


Burqa Ban

Sri Lanka bans burqa and closes 1,000 Islamic schools.


Targeting of American Muslim Politicians

AIPAC runs Islamophobic adverts promoted on social media to smear and vilify Ihlan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.


Social Media

Social media companies (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) censoring Muslim voices and allowing Islamophobic content to go unchecked.  Also, this includes possibly Google and other Silicon Valley companies silencing their employees on speaking on issues related to Palestine and India violations of Muslim rights in Kashmir.

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Release of 2 reports: Israel & India Islamophobic Alliance, and Islamophobia Muslim Safety report.  Conducted national survey on Muslim safety.  Released 2 volumes of the ISJournal, Issue 6.  Produced Christian Zionism webdoc and Islamophobia in India Webdoc.  Release and publication of new Refugee book.  Participated at AMP rally at the Lincoln Memorial.  Hosted nightly Ramadan call-ins hotline.  Hosted Islamophobia Global Conference, and expanded video podcast with 6 new episodes covering topics in France and the Middle East. 


Islamophobia , Muslim Saftey, and Violence Survey

The Islamophobia, Muslim Safety and Violence survey was designed on June 9 and administered from June 10 through midnight on June 13, 2021.  Survey data was collected from 1614 individuals in North America (the US and Canada), representing a sizable sample from Muslim communities.  Over the three days, the survey was shared online on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.  Also, the survey was sent to all national Muslim organizations, Shura councils, and numerous WhatsApp groups connected to diverse communities.  Lastly, the Islamophobia Studies Center’s email list was utilized to share the survey, urge everyone to share, and get as many people as possible to respond within the limited time frame.

Israel, India and the Islamophobic Alliance

The Islamophobia Studies Center’s Israel, India, and the Islamophobic Alliance report comes on the heel of two other publications that examined the rise of Hindu nationalism in India and the ongoing targeting of Muslim, Sikh, Dalit, and Christian minorities in the country.  The Center’s research on Islamophobia covers a wide array of regions and topics, which is the logical approach considering the global nature of the islamophobia phenomena and the distinct features across different geographies, cultures, and nation-states.  Here, Daniel Pipes’ islamophobia hornet’s nest, the Middle East Forum, is directly connected to a distinctive development, a partnership between Hindu nationalism and Israel.  Importantly, U.S.-based Hindu nationalist organizations and their lobbying arms have struck a strategic relationship with Islamophobic outfits and Zionist groups, which is increasingly visible in their public discourse. This report is intended to partly examine the recent developments and sheds some light on this relationship. 

Islamophobia Studies Journal
Fall 2021, Volume 6, Issue 2

Islamophobia, as a constructed term and a field of academic research, is undergoing a positive transformation and growth with all types of publications focusing on the subject. For the term’s circulation, a basic google search of Islamophobia garners millions of entries covering an expanding spectrum of topics and research areas, not all positive or constructive, which is to be expected and only affirms the expanding nature of the field. Moreover, the term, which for a while existed on the margins in alterative publications, often passed over or explained using different words, is central to media coverage of Muslims, is included in policy circles discussions, and is a mainstream concept. On the academic front and, more precisely, over the past three to five years, the number of scholars, academic institutions, and research centers that have embraced the term and organized panels, conferences, and courses is expanding daily. Islamophobia studies expansion, inside and outside of academia, has translated into a steady flow of cutting-edge books, published articles, specialized reports, and diverse data from all the corners of the globe. Also, every significant professional academic association has included papers, panels, and special round table discussions on Islamophobia, which illustrates this transformation and the adoption of the term and all the entanglements associated with it.

Islamophobia Studies Journal
Spring 2021, Volume 6, Issue 1

This special issue does the unfortunate but critical work of updating, for Media Studies, the new digital strategies Islamophobia deploys as it seeps deeper into contemporary digital culture. The collection asks very specifically how digital platforms are intertwined with contemporary tactics and strategies of anti-Muslim racism. Too often the technological circulation of hate is imagined to be a collateral sort of compromise for marginalized communities who also find a simultaneous sense of agency via empowerment, pleasure, or resistance in new media forms. Media and Cultural Studies can enliven the intersecting moment of when an ideology meets a new medium. In other words, new media forms are often examined for how they “other,” reflect, represent, amplify, mediate, carry, or transmit a message. In the case here, the message is one of Islamophobia. And thus, there is the impossible tension that is hard to reconcile that the very same medium that empowers marginalized communities is also the same medium that intensifies Islamophobia and transmits it further, faster and faster, across the darkest and deepest corners of the Internet. Nevertheless, when you are in the business of detecting anti-racism, you must be trained to read across a range of media forms—each of which demands a complex understanding of the techno-logics of the form in question. Thus, one should read this volume as a whole with this in mind. There are hidden insights here that indicate that representation from one medium to the next is never simply a matter of just ideology or agency but, rather, a matter of technology.

Erasing the Human
Dr. Hatem Bazian

The collapse of the post-colonial world has given rise to overwhelming injustices in many nations across the world, none more so than in Palestine. Borders and boundaries are creating a refugee-immigration crisis on a mass scale leading to the slow ‘erasure’ of the human through systematic oppression and the ongoing struggle for liberation.

Navigating to unmask the structural racism, violence, and multiple genocides, this book delves deep into Dr. Bazian’s own experiences as a Palestinian living in the diaspora away from his homeland, to critically analyze the history and origins of the immigration-refugee crisis.

France’s “Separatism” Trope & the Colonial Present
8th Annual Paris Islamophobia Conference

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9/11 | Looking Back 20 Years & Looking Ahead
International Islamophobia Studies and Research Association

On the 20th commemoration of the September 11th attacks, the scholars hope to reflect back on the global implications and ever-changing markers since then. The event is also a soft-launch for the newly formed International Islamophobia Studies and Research Association.

Islamophobia Studies Center

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Through ISC, we can break the cycle of hate and create a framework to protect thousands of Muslims who are otherwise a victim of Islamophobia in a world where everyone should be treated with love and respect. Please join us and kindly donate and help our center carry out its mission.