Confronting Islamophobia Speaker Series

At this moment in our nation’s history, there is an unprecedented need for interreligious education and engagement around Islam. Much of the fear-mongering around Muslims is grounded in a deep mistrust of shariah, or Islamic religious law. This series will not only foster intelligent conversation around the specter of shariah in the American context, but also look at the myriad ways in which law and justice are refracted through the experiences of American Muslims today.


About the Series
At this moment in our nation’s history, there is an unprecedented need for interreligious education and engagement around Islam. Much of the fear-mongering around Muslims is grounded in a deep mistrust of shariah, or Islamic religious law. This series will not only foster intelligent conversation around the specter of shariah in the American context, but also look at the myriad ways in which law and justice are refracted through the experiences of American Muslims today. This series is sponsored by WYPR (88.1 FM), Maryland Humanities, Howard County Muslim Council, and the ACLU of Maryland.

Next Lecture: "Combating Islamophobia"
Speaker: Corey Saylor
Date and time: May 11, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Reginald F. Lewis Museum (830 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202)
Cost: This event is free and open to the public.
Registration for the May 11, 2017, lecture can be found at Eventbrite.
A PDF flyer for the event can be 
found here.

Please note: This lecture will be recorded, and a photographer may be present. 

Previous Lectures
Dr. Anver Emon delivered "Banning Sharia" (the first lecture in the three-part Confronting Islamophobia speaker series) on March 2, 2017, at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. In it Dr. Emon examined the legal and social implications of U.S. state legislatures' efforts to ban shariah law, with a particular look at how such legislation negatively portrays American Muslims. Dr. Emon was also ICJS' 2017 Manekin-Clark Lecturer. Video of Dr. Emon's lecture can be found here.

Engy Abdelkader delivered "American Muslims Under Surveillance" (the second lecture in the three-part Confronting Islamophobia speaker series) on April 6, 2017, at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. In her talk, Abdelkader examined the U.S. government’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program, which targets American Muslims and calls on community leaders to identify individuals within their communities who show signs of radicalization. Abdelkader argued that the current CVE program (1) infringes on Muslim civil rights, (2) perpetuates an irrational fear of Muslim communities, and (3) wastes time and resources by focusing on a minority group while dismissing other viable non-Muslim national security threats. Video of Abdelkader's lecture can be found here. 

The Confronting Islamophobia seriers is sponsored by