This workshop analyzes images of Muslims in the media, and the history and manifestations of Islamophobia in literary, media, social and political discourse both pre- and post-9/11. Using case studies, we will interrogate the negative stereotypes of Muslims, as well as of the West, that contribute to Islamophobia, and deconstruct monolithic views of both. We will look at various definitions and perspectives on Islamophobia today in Europe and in the United States, in the context of the “War on Terror” and discuss the impact on and appropriate responses to this discourse.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Ustadh Omer Bajwa is the Director of Muslim Life in the Chaplain’s Office at Yale. He earned his Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary, and he has been engaged in religious service, social activism, and educational outreach since 2000. He received his MA in Near Eastern Studies, with a specialization in Islamic Studies, from Cornell University’s Department of Near Eastern Studies. He also earned an MS in Communication from Cornell, and a BA in English Literature and Rhetoric from Binghamton University. His interests include Islam in the United States, inter-religious engagement, and Islam and the global media. He regularly lectures about these topics and others at campuses, congregations, and in communities across the country. Omer and his family are Residential Fellows in Yale’s Timothy Dwight College. When not working, he and his family can often be found sampling local desserts.
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