American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear

Khaled Beydoun, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 6:30pm
Carl A. Fields Center, 58 Prospect Ave.
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Co-sponsored Event
Using his unique lens as a critical race theorist and law professor, Khaled Beydoun captures the many ways in which law, policy, and official state rhetoric have fueled the frightening resurgence of Islamophobia in the United States. Beydoun charts its long and terrible history, from the plight of enslaved African Muslims in the antebellum South and the laws prohibiting Muslim immigrants from becoming citizens to the ways the war on terror assigns blame for any terrorist act to Islam and the myriad trials Muslim Americans face in the Trump era. He passionately argues that by failing to frame Islamophobia as a system of bigotry endorsed and emboldened by law and carried out by government actors, U.S. society ignores the injury it inflicts on both Muslims and non-Muslims. Through the stories of Muslim Americans who have experienced Islamophobia across various racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines, Beydoun shares how U.S. laws shatter lives, whether directly or inadvertently. And with an eye toward benefiting society as a whole, he recommends ways for Muslim Americans and their allies to build coalitions with other groups. Like no book before it, American Islamophobia offers a robust and genuine portrait of Muslim America then and now.
Organized by the Muslim LIfe Program, and cosponsored by the Program in American Studies, Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, the Bobst Center, and the Program in Law and Public Affairs.