CIARS in Conversation Series

Anti-Muslim Racism Beyond Islamophobia: Examining the Intersections of Anti-Blackness and Anti-Muslim Racism

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Join the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) for the second session of our CIARS in Conversation series.

Anti-Muslim racism has had a sustained presence pre-dating September 11th, 2001, with heightened discrimination afterward, fueled by ongoing refugee crises, cultural imperialism, and the global ‘War on Terror.’ In its current form, anti-Muslim racism continues to intersect with multiple identity markers both within the Muslim community and across the political landscape of fear. With unprecedented public attention toward followers of Islam through media coverage and policies promoting religious repression, gendered and racialized Muslims are disproportionately affected by police violence and repressive “counter-terrorism” surveillance models.

This month’s CIARS In Conversation engages in key conversations pertaining to:

  • Unpacking the compounding experiences of being Muslim and Black and the intersections of anti-Muslim racism and anti-Blackness
  • Examining the role of Islam in shaping social change
  • Addressing historical and present-day manifestations of anti-Muslim racism

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About the Speakers

Dr. Ahmed Ilmi

Anti-Racist Educator and Scholar, Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at OISE, Author of The ‘Say Walahi’ Generation: Identity, Profiling, and Survival in Canada

Gilary Massa

Human Rights Outreach and Engagement Officer for the TDSB, and the Lead Consultant for Inclusive Leaders

Imani Hennie

Social Worker, TDSB

Natasha Persaud

Discrimination and Harassment Counsel with the Law Society of Ontario; Partner of Formative LLP; Former Adjunct Faculty Member at Osgoode Law School

Rukiya Mohamed


TDSB Equity, Anti-Racism, and Anti-Oppression Coach, Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant, OISE U of T MEd Student

Zainab Zafar


Anti-Racist Educator, Secondary Teacher TDSB, Mother, Researcher, and OISE U of T MEd Student

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