2023 Islamophobia Gala | Chicago
March 11 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm$40.00 – $1,000.00
Join us for dinner right before Ramadan begins; Professor Khaled Beydoun will be going over materials from and releasing his new book which lucidly illustrates how converging systems of subordination, power, and violence related to Islamophobia are experienced across the globe.
Prof. Beydoun’s trenchant analysis and direct testimony from Muslims on the ground reveal how Islamophobia acts as a unifying global thread of state and social bigotry, instigating both liberal and right-wing hate-mongering. Whether imposed by way of hijab bans in France, state-sponsored hate speech and violence in India, or the network of concentration camps in China, Islamophobia unravels into distinct systems of demonization and oppression across the post-9/11 geopolitical landscape. Islamophobia is not only a worldwide phenomenon—it stands as one of the world’s last bastions of acceptable hate.
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!
Professor Khaled A. Beydoun is a law professor, author, and public intellectual. He serves as a law professor at Wayne State University, a Scholar-in-Residence at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, and Associate Director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights in Detroit. Professor Beydoun is the author of the critically acclaimed book American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear, and co-editor of Islamophobia and the Law – published by the University of Cambridge Press.
Professor Beydoun’s academic work has been featured in top academic journals, including the UCLA Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, the California Law Review, and the Harvard Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review. His insights have been featured in The New York Times, the Washington Post, the BBC, and ESPN. Professor Beydoun served on the US Commission for Civil Rights for three years and earned a coveted Open Society Foundations Equality Fellowship. He has been named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims of the World and is currently working on his third book examining Islamophobia as a global phenomenon. In 2021, Professor Beydoun was named “Extraordinary Professor” by the University of Western Cape in South Africa, and he joined the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice as a faculty member that very year.
Professor Beydoun is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Toronto, UCLA, and Harvard.
Dr. Hatem Bazian is a scholar of religion, politics, and globalization whose field specialties include Islamic Law, Awqaf and Fatawa Texts, Classical Arabic, Palestine, Islamophobia, Diaspora and Comparative Immigration, & American Law and Society.
Dr. Bazian is also a professor in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and an adviser to the Religion, Politics, and Globalization Center there. Prior to his post at Zaytuna College, he taught at UC Berkeley School of Law; UC Davis; San Francisco State University; Graduate Theological Union; Saint Mary’s College; and Diablo Valley College.
A visionary leader, with a professional career reflecting over two decades of creative, transformational leadership, in corporate and non-profit organizational development. From high-profile organizations to local individuals and entrepreneurs, Arshia serves as an experienced transformational organization development and human emergence leader and adviser. She has led organizations effectively with cross-functional & multi-cultural teams to transform and expand organizations throughout her career.
In August 2018, Arshia joined the Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) as their first-ever Chief Development Officer (CDO) spearheading organizational development strategies, building development infrastructure, enhancing development activities, and planning and executing comprehensive development campaigns for MLFA. In June 2020, she was appointed as the interim CEO, and in January 2022, she was appointed by the board of directors as the CEO of MLFA. In her service as interim CEO, she successfully led MLFA through the pandemic, and effectively established greater efficiency, transparency, accountability, and integrity within MLFA. In an effort to strengthen and protect the Muslim nonprofit community, Arshia envisioned and spearheaded a five-year partnership with Indiana University to launch the MLFA-funded Ihsan Standard, a legal and research project dedicated to leadership excellence among minority-led and Muslim American nonprofits. The program aims to encourage effective organizational decisions that benefit programs and clients, to support operations within legal parameters and reduce scrutiny, and promote community confidence in nonprofit organizations. To achieve these goals, The Ihsan Standard provides nonprofit legal screenings to assess the legal health of an organization.
As CEO, in order to build a strong foundation for MLFA Arshia, led and achieved a merger between MLFA and the MLFA-funded Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America (CLCMA) in 2022. Under her leadership, MLFA will grow to become the National Security Hub for Muslims in the United States. In 2023, MLFA is positioned to grow and she holds a vision for expanding MLFA’s influence and effectiveness in service of setting precedent in national security rights on behalf of Muslim Americans.
Noor Ali is a social justice educator with experience in higher education and organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) learning. Noor was born in Jerusalem then raised in Rockford, IL, and later lived in Ramallah where she finished high school at the Friends School. She earned her MSW from the University of Michigan. Noor currently serves as Head of Learning at the Nova Collective, a BIPOC-owned, female-owned company devoted to transforming organizational cultures around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). She also serves on the Chicago chapter board for the American Muslims for Palestine.