The Racialization of Islam: Understanding the Intersection of Race and anti-Muslim Bias.”

Dr. Nancy Khalil will be presenting a webinar on Sunday March 4th at 5 pm EST on her research, “The Racialization of Islam: Understanding the Intersection of Race and anti-Muslim Bias.”

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Program Description: Islamophobia is rising in action, debate, and discussion.  Not without controversy, its structural history and intersectional presence across a range of identities – all connected to Islam or Muslims – has led to Islam’s increased racialization in a variety of spaces including the media, the academy, the law, and more.  While the semantic currency of the term Islamophobia itself may be debated by scholars invested in the topic, the substance behind the term and the merits of teaching it are far less so.  Instead, some scholars have shifted to a less problematic “anti-Muslim Racism” description in substitute of the more vernacular, Islamophobia. The idea with the shift in terminology, and with this course, is to move beyond understanding discrimination and prejudice against Muslims as a result of personal limitations (Muslims are marginalized because no one knows them or because Islam is misunderstood, etc.), to include the critical influence of the construction of race as a category and the historical, structural, and systemic bias and discrimination of Muslims that are key contributors to the rampant Islamophobia present today.Speaker Bio: Nancy A. Khalil is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity and Transnational Migration whose one-year fellowship will focus on the racialization of Islam. Her current research is on the politics of American Islam, with an emphasis on the profession of the Imam in America. Other projects she has worked on include research on migrant and second-generation political and civic engagement; Muslim students on U.S. college campuses; and the Muslim community in Boston.  Her academic work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Bucerius Zeit-Stiftung, Islamic Scholarship Fund, MSA National and Harvard’s President’s Office, Weatherhead Center, Center for American Political Studies, Pluralism Project and Anthropology Department.  She earned her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University in 2017. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked as Muslim Chaplain at Wellesley College and Advisor to their Multi-faith Living and Learning Community. After completing her fellowship at Yale, she will participate in the LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor before joining Michigan’s department of American Culture as Assistant Professor.

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