Join us for the second day of the Islamophobia Conference 2023, at the P21 Gallery (Chalton St, London NW1 1JD). WHEN: Saturday, 9 December, 2023, 10:30 to 16:30 Download the schedule here and speakers bios here. You will receive a confirmation email after booking. If you have any questions
Islamophobia Conference 2023
Today, the term “culture war” is commonly used to describe the political and social divisions within society. These divisions can stem from various issues, such as race, abortion, gun control, gender, and same-sex marriage. The “culture” being contested consists of religious, political, social, and ideological beliefs, serving as the battleground where different groups vie for control over societal values and norms.
These conflicts manifest in multiple spheres, including politics, education, media, and entertainment. Participants in culture wars engage in heated debates, lobbying, activism, and legal battles in an effort to shape societal norms and values based on their own perspectives. Modern culture wars expose deep divisions within our society and carry significant implications for social cohesion, political discourse, and public policy. They have the power to shape public opinion, electoral outcomes, and the overall trajectory of a society’s cultural development.
Unfortunately, these arguments often become emotionally charged and are driven by political agendas that prioritize protecting vested interests rather than seeking truth or justice. Partisanship dominates policy discussions, with each group striving to shape the world according to its own image.
Muslims have frequently found themselves at the centre of these debates. They are either objectified and vilified to further racist policies or positioned as subjects whose presence in national discourse fuels Islamophobic narratives. Muslims are often unable to participate in the discourse as equals and are consistently portrayed as a perpetual “other” and a potential threat.
This lack of an equal voice has led to internal divisions among Muslims regarding the way forward. Should they align themselves with groups whose views historically conflict with Muslim beliefs, or should they assert an identity that is overtly Islamic, rejecting all things Western before Western society rejects them? The result has been confusion and discord among Muslims who are striving to be heard and participate in their respective societies.
How can Muslims transcend these culture wars? Should they reject alliances with groups they disagree with, or is there room for limited cooperation? Should they vigorously assert their identity or strive to make their voice one among many legitimate voices in a pluralistic society? Alternatively, should they recognize that these culture wars represent the struggles of a declining civilization, attempting to maintain dominance in an emerging multi-polar world?
Since 2014, IHRC has organised an annual conference in the UK to discuss key issues with regard to structural and institutionalised Islamophobia. Each conference has been co-organised with Scotland Against Criminalising Communities (SACC). Join us for the 10th annual conference this December, online and in-person.
Join us for the first day of the Islamophobia Conference 2023, with Professor Saeed Khan and Professor Joseph Massad, for a discussion on Islam and liberalism. WHEN: Friday, 8 December, 2023, 18:30 – 20:00 GMTWHERE: IHRC Bookshop (202 Preston Road, London, HA9 8PA) About the
Muslims and the Culture Wars: Antagonisms, Alliances and Ideological Considerations in a Complex Social Mosaic
Caught between the competing narratives of ever increasing toxicity, Muslims, according to Saeed Khan need to be wary of the pitfalls of choosing sides both built on ideas and philosophies that undermine Islamic thinking and aspirations. The so-called “Culture Wars” are, arguably, as toxic and