On Wednesday 3rd November, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) invited a speaker from the Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM) Team to speak to staff and students about the ‘Causes and Cures of Islamophobia’.
The session began with an introduction to Islamophobia through its definition and the data that highlights the extent of it in the UK. This allowed attendees to gain an insight into what Islamophobia actually means in the UK context and how Islamophobia affects the Muslim community in a variety of different ways.
The audience were then taken through the causes of Islamophobia. This looked into how media negativity, ineffective legislation and barriers to participation all play a role in how Muslims are portrayed, perceived and treated. Following this, the presenter looked into the cures of Islamophobia and the ways in which individuals and communities can work to tackle Islamophobia. This included discussing the importance of reporting, raising awareness, creating partnerships, running campaigns and engaging with stakeholders.
The session ended with a discussion around tackling Islamophobia in academia and what academics can do to address this societal issue. NTU are working diligently this IAM to raise awareness of Islamophobia and you can see more here: ntu.ac.uk/c/islamophobia-awareness-month-at-ntu-2
Many thanks to Dean Angela Brown, Ramisha Rafique and Dr Irene Zempi for their support with the event and we’re excited to see all the other activity they have planned this IAM.
If you’d like to hire a speaker for IAM, visit: islamophobia-awareness.org/book-a-speaker/