I’m really pleased to have published an article on the teaching of Islamophobia as a higher education subject. I’m led to believe that this is a first of its kind. There’s articles about Islamophobia and education – and Islamophobia in education – but not specifically within the higher education setting.
Published in the Islamic Studies Network‘s journal, Perspectives, the article is titled, “One size doesn’t fit all: considerations on the teaching of Islamophobia as an academic subject”. The journal is available to view and download free from the Islamic Studies Network’s website by clicking here.
The first paragraph of the article is reproduced below:
Since the publication of the Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia’s (CBMI) 1997 report, Islamophobia: a challenge for us all, there has been a clear recognition of the role that good education can play in helping to combat Islamophobia. In fact, it has been a recurrent focus in a wide range of different reports and policy documents ever since. Most recently, last year’s report from the European Muslim Research Centre (EMRC) based in the University of Exeter highlighted the need for what it described as “public education” (Githens-Mazer and Lambert 2010, 202). This was particularly relevant for those involved in higher education: “as academics we believe we have an important role to play in this education process” (Githens-Mazer and Lambert 2010, 203).
But how exactly do we go about this given that Islamophobia – both as a topic and as a socio-political phenomenon – remains emotive, can inflame sensitivities, has the potential to be divisive, and is openly contested by some in the academic, political and social spaces?
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