European Islamophobia Report Launch 
  • Monday 28th NOV 2022
  • 18:00 - 20:00
  • London Muslim Centre: 46 Whitechapel Road, E1 1JX London, Seminar Room 4th Floor, London


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What this is about ...

Since the refugee crisis in 2015, Europe has been struggling with rising xenophobia, especially against migrants with a Muslim background. The rise of radical right-wing parties like the AfD in Germany and the Front National in France are signs that Europe is facing a political crossroads. Europe is being tested on what extent it puts its cherished values of human rights, tolerance and plurality into practice. The increasing xenophobia is interrelated with rising Islamophobia and hatred against Muslims in Europe. The European Islamophobia Report 2021 addresses anti-Muslim incidents in Europe, as in previous years, to draw attention to this worrying problem. Enes Bayraklı (Turkish German University), Amani Hassani (Brunel University) and Aristotle Kallis (Keele University) will discuss the rise of anti-Muslim racism with regard to the report in a panel on November 18 in London. This panel is organized by CAGE UK, EIR and Leopold Weiss Institute.

About European Islamophobia Report:
European Islamophobia Report is an annual report published since 2015, covering almost all European countries. The EIR continues to provide policymakers, scholars, community leaders, and ordinary readers a unique collection of European-wide analyses of anti-Muslim racism in Europe. EIR project is done with the support of the International Islamophobia Studies and Research Association (IISRA) based in Berkeley, California alongside the Othering & Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, Rutgers University’s Center for Security, Race and Rights, the Berkeley-based International Islamophobia Studies Center, the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project (IRDP) at the Center for Race and Gender (CRG) at the University of California, Berkeley, the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED) Studies program at San Francisco State University, the Vienna-based Leopold Weiss Institute plus the Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism (CEMFOR) at Uppsala University (Sweden).


Enes Bayraklı

Enes Bayraklı earned his BA, MA and PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna, and conducted research for his PhD thesis at the University of Nottingham in Britain between 2009 and 2010. He took office as a deputy director at Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Center in London in 2011-2013. Mr. Bayraklı also served as the founding director of Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Centers in Constanta and Bucharest. Currently Mr. Bayraklı is the head of Department of Political Science and International Relations at the Turkish-German University in Istanbul. He has been the co-editor of the annual European Islamophobia Report since 2016. His fields of research include the Transformation of Turkish Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy Analysis and Islamophobia.

Aristotle Kallis 

Aristotle Kallis is a professor of modern and contemporary history at Keele University, UK. His research interests revolve around fascism and the contemporary radical/ far right in transnational terms, with a particular focus on the ‘normalisation’ and ‘mainstreaming’ of extreme views and on the processes that facilitate taboo-breaking language and behaviour. He has published extensively on the history of fascism and the radical right; on the rise of far-right extremism in Greece and Germany; on the mainstream-extremism nexus with regard to a number of key themes in the ideology of the far right including nationalism, sovereignty, and attitudes to particular groups of ‘others’; and on Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. 

Amani Hassani

Amani Hassani is a sociologist who has done extensive research on experiences of Islamophobia among Muslims in Denmark. Her recent research compares the experiences of young Muslims in Denmark and Canada, exploring issues of racialisation, social mobility, and urban life from a transatlantic perspective. Hassani is the research director at the Centre for Muslims’ Rights in Denmark (CEDA), a Danish NGO that seeks to raise awareness and address Islamophobia in Denmark.

Dr Asim Qureshi

Graduated in Law (LLB Hons) LLM, specialising in International Law and Islamic Law. He completed his PhD in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent.He is the Research Director at the advocacy group CAGE, and since 2003 has specialised in investigating the impact of counterterrorism practices worldwide. He has published a wide range of NGO reports, academic journals and articles. In 2009, he authored the book Rules of the Game: Detention, Deportation, Disappearance (Hurst, Columbia UP) a chapter in the 2017 book What is Islamophobia? (Pluto Press, Chicago UP) and in 2018 A Virtue of Disobedience (Unbound and ByLine Books). In 2020 the book I Refuse to Condemn was published by Manchester University Press (Dr Asim Qureshi Editor). Since 2010, he has been advising legal teams involved in defending terrorism trials in the US and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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