Islamophobia Studies Journal, Fall 2015, Volume 3, Issue 1


[T]he way to evaluate and approach the American Muslim community in the current period should be approached within a prison-prisoner lens. Here, the ability to move around and enjoy privileges should not be confused with freedom, equality, constitutional rights, and dignity in the full sense of the word. Let us be honest for a moment and detail the Muslim predicament in today’s America: a community subject to structured governmental control, surveillance, entrapment schemes, guilt by association, and punitive measures instituted to elicit “correct” conduct and proper political and religious speech. Take for example, the levels of intrusion into Muslim religious space, whereby the government admits to deploying informants and monitoring leaders within these institutions. Religious freedom becomes vacuous if government intrusion is constant and presumption of guilt without evidence is how the Muslim community is regulated and controlled. The introduction in the US of CVE programs and Prevent in England are symptoms of the prisoner-prison relationship. The key question: What other community in the US has such programs to prevent and counter extremism?

Hatem Bazian University of California, Berkeley Co-Founder, Zaytuna College
Maxwell Leung California College of the Arts

Table of Contents:

  • Editorial Statement
    Hatem Bazian Maxwell Leung
  • Repeating Fundamentalism and the Politics of the Commons: The Charlie Hebdo Tragedy and the Contradictions of Global Capitalism
    Jamil Khader
  • A Hidden Ideological Scheme under New Secularism: Explaining a Peak of Islamophobia in Quebec (2013-2014)
    Siegfried L. Mathelet
  • Muslims in Canada: Collective Identities, Attitudes of Otherment and Canadian Muslim Perspectives on Radicalism
    Erin Geneva MacDonald
  • The Way They Treat their Daughters and Wives: Racialisation of Muslims in Norway
    Cora Alexa Døving
  • Saving Muslim Women: A Feministpostcolonial Critique of Veiling Legislation in Norway
    Therese Ignacio Bjoernaas
  • L’Exception Française: From Irrational Fear of Muslims to their Social Death Sentence
    Yasser Louati
  • The Domestic is Political, and the Political is Gendered: An Analysis of Veiled Subjects, Gendered Epistemologies, and Muslim Bodies
    Christopher Nelson
  • Ahmed Mohamed and the Imperial Necessity of Islamophilia
    Nazia Kazi
  • Countering Violent Extremism: Islamophobia, the Department of Justice and American Islamic Organizations
    Amber Michel
  • Islamophobia and Law Enforcement in a Post 9/11 World
    Emily Dubosh, Mixalis Poulakis, and Nour Abdelghani
  • Islamophobia and The Three Evils of Society
    Dr. Hatem Bazian