Annual Islamophobia Gala | Online Event

Islamophobia: Confronting a Global Challenge

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2021 AT 6:30 PM PST

Islamophobia Studies Center’s annual fundraising dinner has been shifted to a virtual setting this year. 2021’s lineup includes keynote speakers Linda Sarsour, Nihad Awad, and comedian Preacher Moss. Vice President of Yaqeen Institute Altaf Hussain will be MC-ing a host of other prominent community and faculty members: Imam Omar Suleiman will touch upon the importance of ISC’s research and Nihad Awad will cover our partnership with CAIR.
ISC is an educational-not-for-profit research organization dedicated to countering the presence of Islamophobia in society through the use of applied research. Our study is systematic and empirical in its approach to Islamophobia and its impact on Muslim communities. We support graduate and undergraduate research and documentation through mentorship and intellectual exchange. This includes the publishing of an annual report documenting the status of Islamophobia within the United States and a bi-annual peer-reviewed academic periodical focusing on emerging research on Islamophobia. We also host two annual conferences to discuss and analyze research outcomes.
From Europe to India, islamophobic tropes have been splashed across the pages of publications such as “The Economist” and “The Hindu” that have portrayed Muslims as a threat to the world much like the COVID-19 virus, as well as mobilizing the familiar tropes of Muslim terrorists and radical Islam. Polemics and polarization in a time of a pandemic can be violent and deadly. Help ISC mount a sustained response to dismantle the current islamophobic strategy at work. Please join us at the end of the month and kindly donate so our center may carry out its mission this year. May God bless all those who choose to donate this year, purify our work and reward you all ten-fold in this life and the next.
We look forward to hosting you!

Featured Guests

Dahlia received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University. Dr. Fahmy is an assistant professor of political science at LIU Brooklyn. Dr. Fahmy’s current research examines the intellectual and political development of modern Islamist movements.

S. Sayyid is a Professor of Rhetoric and Decolonial Thought at the University of Leeds and Head of the School of Sociology and Social Policy.

Nihad Awad is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest non-profit Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.

Linda Sarsour is an American political activist. She was co-chair of the 2017 Women’s March, the 2017 Day Without a Woman, and the 2019 Women’s March. She is also a former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York.

Omar Suleiman is an American Muslim scholar, civil rights leader, writer, and public speaker. He is the Founder and President of Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University.

Hatem Bazian is a co-founder and Professor of Islamic Law and Theology at Zaytuna College, the 1st Accredited Muslim Liberal Arts College in the United States. In addition, Prof. Bazian is a lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bazian between 2002-2007, also served as an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches courses on Islamic Law and Society, Islam in America: Communities and Institutions, De-Constructing Islamophobia and Othering of Islam, Religious Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. In addition to Berkeley, Prof. Bazian served as a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California 2001-2007 and adviser to the Religion, Politics and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley.

Dr. Jasmin Zine is a full professor of Sociology, Religion and Culture, and the Muslim Studies Option at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, and also an affiliated faculty member with the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project (IRDP) at U.C. Berkeley, California.
She has numerous publications on Islamic feminism and Muslim education in the Canadian diaspora. Also, Dr. Jasmin Zine has been involved in the national study funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) on the impact of 9/11 and domestic security discourses and policies on Muslim youth in Canada. As an education consultant, she has developed award-winning curriculum materials that address Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism.

Bryant Reginald Moss, best known by his stage name Preacher Moss, is an American stand-up comedian and writer. He is best known as one third of comedy trio Allah Made Me Funny.

Vice President of Yaqeen Institute.  Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Howard University. Specialization includes community organizing, non-profit management, and social welfare policy; development of social services to serve immigrant and refugee families.