Islamophobia and the U.S. Racial Landscape – Resources for Teachers and Students

Bayoumi, Moustafa. “Rasha” in How Does it Feel to be a Problem: Young and Arab in America.

This is a chapter from a larger book documenting the experiences of young Arab Americans in Brooklyn following the events of 9/11/2001. In “Rasha,” we learn of a college student’s harrowing experience of being detained without cause.

Zirin, Dave. “The Hidden History of Muhammad Ali.” Jacobin.

Muhammad Ali was ostensibly one of the most famous Muslim Americans, and one of the most globally recognized faces in sports. In this article, we get a sense of his personal religious and political philosophy and his relationship to US race relations.

Kazi, Nazia. “Teaching Against Islamophobia in the Age of Terror.” Chronicle of Higher Education.

In this piece, Kazi explores what it means to use the classroom as a space to teach on the topic of Islamophobia. Kazi argues that critical thinking about foreign policy, geopolitics, and inequality are all too often missing in mainstream discussions of Islamophobia.

Kazi, Nazia. “Against a Muslim Misleadership Class.” Jacobin.

In this piece, Kazi argues that “Islamophobia will not be defeated through a depoliticized inclusion that simply elevates a new class of state-friendly elites.”

Abu Lughod, Lila. “Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

This article is a summation of a larger argument Abu-Lughod makes in her book of the same title. She argues that there is a problematic western obsession with assuming that Muslim women are somehow oppressed, especially those who wear a hijab, and need to be “liberated.”