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On the 12th December at the P21 Gallery, IHRC and Scotland Against Criminalising Communities came together for the second annual Islamophobia Conference titled the 'Changing face of Islamophobia'. 


On the 12th December, IHRC and Scotland Against Criminalising Communities held its second annual Islamophobia conference on Saturday 12 December 2015. This year’s conference, The Changing Face of Racism, discussed how Islamophobia has evolved as an accepted form of racism in an increasingly jingoistic Europe.

Many keynote speakers where present and their individual talks as well as the full video can be viewed below:


Hatem Bazian a professor of Islamic Law and Theology at Zaytuna College in addition to being a lecturer in the departments of Near Eastern and Asian American and Asian Diaspora studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Hatem drew parallels between American history and the civil rights movement, and the current climate of Islamophobia.

His individual talk can be viewed here. 

Malia Bouattia is the Black Students' Officer of the National Union of Students. Malia Bouattia discusses the importance of fighting Islamophobia, the anti-racist cause and how traditional anti-racist groups faltered and failed on that front so far and why it is necessary for Muslims to self-organise to collectively confront their oppression.

Her individual talk can be viewed here. 

Dr Katy Sian is a lecturer in Sociology at the University of York as well as an author. Katy Sian discusses the inadequacies of the government’s Prevent programme, specifically vis-à-vis educational institutions. 

Her individual talk can be viewed here. 

Azeezat Johnson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at The University of Sheffield, and a committee member of CREN, a Critical Race and Ethnicities Network. 

Her individual talk can be viewed here. 

Ramon Grosfoguel a professor at the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, discussed how Islamophobia is a multidimensional problem. 

His individual talk can be viewed here. 

Les Levidow helped to set up the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC). He argued the most effective remedy for Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred is the diagnosis of institutional Islamophobia as a form of state racism and should be the basis for individuals’ attitudes.

His individual talk can be viewed here. 

Roshan Salih an editor of the British Muslim news website 5Pillars and is a documentary maker for Press TV. Roshan disscussed strategies to deal with the media. 

His individual talk can be viewed here. 

Arzu Merali a writer and researcher and a co-founder of the Islamic Human Rights Commission. Arzu discussed the latest report published by IHRC, ‘Environment of Hate: The New Normal for Muslims in the UK’, in which the essential argument is that the creation and perpetuation of racism and acts of hate is a result of key institutions in Westernised settings.

Her individual talk can be viewed here. 

The full video of the conference can be viewed here.  

The question and answer portion of the event can be viewed here. 

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