Experts discuss new report on Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred


G20 Interfaith Forum

Prominent Muslim scholars who work in interfaith and anti-hate spaces will also share their insights into historical trends of Islamophobia in the West.

From women whose hijab has been torn to racism and harassment in the workplace, the study shows how widespread everyday Islamophobia is in the country and provides policy recommendations.

— Reyhana Patel, Islamic Relief Canada

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, USA, June 13, 2022 / — The Anti-Racism Initiative of the G20 Interfaith Forum (IF20), the leading global organization focused on the intersection of faith and policy, brings together world-renowned experts on Islam, interfaith collaboration, and anti-hate efforts to discuss Islamophobia through the lens of historical trends and current reports.

A focal point of discussion during the free webinar will be a report recently released by Islamic Relief Canada, which sheds light on recent incidents of discrimination and microaggressions, then examines the long-term effects of hate.

Reyhana Patel, director of communications and government relations at Islamic Relief Canada, said the report highlights just how common incidents of bias and hate crimes are.

“Islamic Relief Canada’s most recent report gives us insight into the extent of everyday Islamophobia in Canada,” Patel said. and provides policy recommendations on what needs to be done.”

Two prominent Muslim scholars who work in the interfaith and anti-hate spaces will also share their insights into the historical trends of Islamophobia in the West and the work being done to make this all too often invisible issue visible.

Christina Tobias-Nahi, who will be hosting the webinar, wrote the following statement on behalf of the IF20 Anti-Racism Initiative:
“In 2020, 1.9 billion people in the world adhered to the universalizing precepts of Islam: submission to the will of Allah; respect for the Koran; and the practice of ethical principles. This constitutes 25% of the world’s citizens.

“During their long and rich history, Muslims have preserved the ancient wisdom, art and philosophies of the Greek and Roman worlds; pioneered a harmonious relationship between science and religion; developed timeless forms of art and literature and earned, as one scholar put it, status as the “adornment of the world”.

“And yet, this is a rare week when, in non-Muslim countries, Muslims are not victims of abuse, attacks and murders. For example, systemic social and legal attacks on Muslims in India are increasing day by day as the world turns a blind eye to the destruction of Uyghur communities and cultures in China due to their religious identity. These phenomena, together with the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment in Western contexts, have made the problem of Islamophobia a major global concern.

The virtual meeting focusing on Islamophobia will take place on June 13, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. EDT.
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Speakers will include:
• Abbas Barzegar – Director of the Horizon Forum and term member of the Council on Foreign Relations
• Amir Hussain – President and Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University and President-Elect of the American Academy of Religion
• Reyhana Patel – Director of Communications and Government Relations at Islamic Relief Canada
• Christina Tobias-Nahi – Director of Public Affairs at Islamic Relief USA

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