Islamophobia Studies Journal by Hatem Bazian

Dr. Hatem Bazian, an Editorial Board Member for the Islamophobia Studies Journal, announces the release of Volume Seven in the Fall of 2022. The interdisciplinary and multi-lingual academic journal features research articles that critically analyze Islamophobia and its various manifestations in contemporary society.

Dr. Hatem Bazian of the University of California Berkeley founded the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project. Right at the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley. He is also an Editorial Board Member for the Islamophobia Studies Journal (ISJ). The ISJ is a bi-annual publication focusing on critically analyzing Islamophobia and its manifestations in our contemporary moment. ISJ is an interdisciplinary and multi-lingual academic journal that encourages submissions. Ones that theorize the historical, political, economic, and cultural phenomenon of Islamophobia. All about the construction, representation, and articulation of “otherness.” The ISJ is an open scholarly exchange exploring new approaches, methodologies, and contemporary issues. 

According to their publication, “The ISJ encourages submissions that closely interrogate the ideological, discursive, and epistemological frameworks. They are employed in the process of “Otherness.” It is the complex social, political, economic, gender, sexual, and religious forces. That is intimately linked to the historical production of the modern world. Right from the dominance of the colonial/imperial north to the post-colonial south. At the heart of ISJ is an intellectual and collaborative project between scholars, researchers, and community agencies. All to recast the production of knowledge about Islamophobia away from a dehumanizing and subordinating framework to an emancipatory. For all peoples in this far-reaching and unfolding domestic and global process.”

The Release of Volume Seven of the Islamophobia Studies Journal

Volume 7 of the Islamophobia Studies Journal was released in the Fall of 2022. It features an editorial introduction by Jasmin Zine and several research articles. Including Radical Secularism as Settler Colonial Sovereignty in Quebec by Leila Benhadjoudja, White Supremacist Mythologies in Canadian Educational Curricula. How Islamophobia Manifests and is Perpetrated in Canadian Schools by Naved Bakali. Memorializing Aqsa Parvez: Public Feelings and Secular Multiculturalism by Eve Haque.

One journal article, Resisting Islamophobia through Digital Artifacts of Mourning, by Yasmin Jiwani. Covers how collective mourning and grieving utilize art as a form of communication. The paper examines a particular genre of artistic works that symbolically contest Islamophobia through reinterpreting and humanizing the victims of Islamophobia. Professor Yasmin Jiwani is a Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia. Her research interests focus on the intersecting influences of race and gender within the context of media representations of radicalized groups and violence against marginalized women. She states, “I interrogate the discursive way racism-sexism is conceptualized and ideologically utilized in popular discourse. My current research focuses on tracing race, gender, and belonging in digital memorials hosted on virtual graveyards.” 

Academic Research in ISJ Sheds Light on Islamophobia and its Effects on Muslim Communities Worldwide, Including in Quebec

Dr. Hatem Bazian shared the open source link to the journal publication on his Twitter to his 21,000 Twitter followers, encouraging them to access the research articles published in the Fall 2022 edition. Hatem Bazian recently published a research article titled A Discourse on the Colonized Muslim Subject. The academics featured in these publications show a level of depth and scale in their research, all covering topics related to Islamophobia. Islamophobia is “dislike or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force.” Also defined as anti-Muslim hate, Islamophobia is pervasive as a structural issue across the world. In the US, many have dedicated academic, advocacy, and other resources to identify and fight against Islamophobic policies. 

Research Findings by Academics Featured in the ISJ

One of the articles titled Racial Secularism as Settler Colonial Sovereignty in Quebec by Leila Benhadjaoudja depicts how explicitly Quebec’s Islamophobic policies have prevented the practice of Islam by its followers there. The writer describes herself as “an anti-racist Muslim feminist scholar who immigrated to Quebec from Algeria more than two decades ago. Like many people from societies that the French empire has colonized, I have a sense of deja vu when I witness a colonial state unveiling Muslim women in the name of civic values.

Another article titled Canadian Muslim Youth and the Complex Dynamics of State-Driven “Radicalization Narratives” by authors Baljit Nagra and Paula Maurutto. This research article begins with a review of the critical race literature to illustrate how the “radicalization” model emerged to justify the “War on Terror.” The authors then divide their research findings into two sections; the first explores how mainstream perceptions and “radicalization” narratives impact Muslm youth and their communities. Second, they examine Muslim communities’ complex responses to “radicalization” narratives.

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