The European Islamophobia Summit

The main objective of The European Islamophobia Summit is to counter the recent surge of hostile, xenophobic, discriminatory, and racist discourse and actions against Muslim minorities which have gained alarming traction in light of the Syrian refugee crisis and the emergence of Daesh as a global polarising antagonist.

The Summit will convene a series of panels attended by a range of scholars, civil society initiatives from across Europe, creative professionals, and grassroots activists who will objectively assess the deteriorating situation, drawing from the European Islamophobia Report (EIR) co-edited by our advisors Dr. Enes Bayraklı and Dr. Farid Hafez and presented to the European Parliament. The report may be accessed at this link:

What is Islamophobia?
When talking about Islamophobia, we mean anti-Muslim racism. As Anti-Semitism Studies has shown, the etymological components of a word do not necessarily point to its complete meaning, nor how it is used. Such is also the case with Islamophobia Studies. Islamophobia has become a well known term used in academia as much as in the public sphere. Criticism of Muslims or of the Islamic religion is not necessarily Islamophobic. Islamophobia is about a dominant group of people aiming at seizing, stabilizing and widening their power by means of defining a scapegoat – real or invented – and excluding this scapegoat from the resources/rights/definition of a constructed ‘we’. Islamophobia operates by constructing a static ‘Muslim’ identity, which is attributed in negative terms and generalized for all Muslims. At the same time, Islamophobic images are fluid and vary in different contexts, because Islamophobia tells us more about the Islamophobe than it tells us about the Muslims/Islam.


Rt Hon Jack Straw

Rt Hon Jack Straw was appointed in July 2015 as a Member of the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information. He was Foreign Secretary 2001 to 2006, Home Secretary 1997 to 2001, and Leader of the Commons 2006 to 2007 under Prime Minister Tony Blair. He was Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary 2007 to 2010 under Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He served from 1979 to 2015 as Member of Parliament for Blackburn.

He is a Visiting Professor at the University College London School of Public Policy and Vice President of Blackburn Rovers Football Club. He is a Governor of Blackburn College, and from May 2015 has been Chairman of the Blackburn Youth Zone. He is co-Chairman of the government-sponsored British-Turkish Forum, and the Tatlidil conference that takes place annually between the UK and Turkey. He was given the Order of the Republic of Turkey by President Abdullah Gül in 2012.

Dr. Bernard Kouchner

A medical doctor by training, Dr. Bernard Kouchner is best known as the co-founder and former president of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), the Nobel Peace Prize-winning humanitarian organization made up of voluntary medical personnel who contribute their time and expertise to assist in situations of emergency or inadequate medical care in the developing world. He has organized humanitarian operations in Somalia, El Salvador, Lebanon, and Vietnam, as well as led field operations in Cambodia, Thailand, Uruguay, Peru, Guatemala, and Honduras.

The first person to challenge the Red Cross's stance of neutrality and silence in wars and massacres, Kouchner has played an important role in international humanitarian efforts for more than 20 years. As France's Minister of Health and Humanitarian affairs, he convinced the UN to accept "the right to interfere" resolution, and after devastating civil wars in the Balkans, served as Special Representative to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in Kosovo.

An influential person in the French political scene, having held a number of ministerial positions in different French governments for more than 18 years, he served as France's Minister of Foreign and European Affairs until November 2010, and before that as minister in charge of both health and humanitarian action. He was also the professor of public health at the Health and Development Department of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM). He is the author of several books and the co-founder of the news magazines L'Evénement and Actuel. He is the recipient of several human rights awards, including the Dag Hammarskjold Prize and the Prix Europa.

Jose Luis Zapatero

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, has been a major force in the deep social changes in Spain and in the first line of the anti-crisis measures both in Europe and in Spain.

Known also for his international work in favour of world peace and cultural understanding, as well as for Human Rights, Rodríguez Zapatero is the father of the Alliance of Civilisations, international initiative which was adopted as an official United Nations program in 2007. He has also been at the forefront of the fight against terrorism, both national and international, being a corner stone in the defeat of the terrorist group ETA after 40 years of activity in Spain and France.

He has been a Member of the Lower House of the Spanish Parliament since 1986, a legislature in which he was the youngest MP. Later, in 1996, he became Spokesperson in the same House on the Public Administrations Committee.

In 2000, he was elected as General Secretary of the PSOE. Four years later he won the general elections and became the fifth Spanish President of the young Spanish democracy.

Among the most important measures he took at the head of his first government, aside from forming the first government with parity between men and women in the history of Spain, is the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and pioneering laws of great social importance such as the Gender-Based Violence Act; the Equality Act; the Historical Memory Act or the law allowing same sex weddings.

Within the framework of a policy that would drive to the democratization and transparency of public life, Rodríguez Zapatero increased the powers of the Government and the President of the Government in the two legislative Houses of Parliament and brought about the independence of the Spanish public Radio and Television company (RTVE) by enacting a law that placed its control in the hands of Parliament.

Foreign policy focused on boosting Spain's active presence in Europe and Latin America, without forgetting relations with emerging powers and those regions historically linked to Spain.

In 2008, Rodríguez Zapatero’s party, won the general elections again, obtaining more MP’s than in the preceding elections. The main pillars of the Government's policy in this legislature were budget control, an ambitious agenda of reforms and maintaining social cohesion, with a commitment to an intense social policy.

Achievements during this second terms of office include the historic agreement for the financing of the autonomous regions, approved by the Fiscal and Financial Policy Council, on which all the autonomous regions are represented, and the removal of advertising on RTVE, thus reinforcing its status as a public service, as well as completing the process of the democratization of the State media.

On the political agenda, worthy of mention are the bill on the Sustainable Economy, which establishes the bases for renewing Spain's productive model within the framework of the toughest international economic crisis in recent times. During the course of the legislature, in the first half-year of 2010, Spain held the Rotating Presidency of the EU for the fourth time in its history..

Mehdi Hasan

Mehdi Hasan is the award-winning presenter of 'UpFront' and 'Head to Head' on Al Jazeera English. He is the author of two books, the former political director of The Huffington Post UK and a regular contributor to the New York Times and the Guardian. Mehdi has been included in the annual list of the 500 'most influential' Muslims in the world and his Oxford Union speech on Islam and peace went viral in 2013, amassing more than 2 million views online.

Prof. Ivan Kalmar
University of Toronto

Prof. Ivan Kalmar is a professor in the Department of Anthropology, and Hon. Newton W. Rowell Professor at Victoria College, University of Toronto. His main work has addressed parallels in the image of Muslims and Jews in western Christian cultural history. He co-edited with Derek Penslar Orientalism and the Jews (University Press of New England, 2005). More recently, he has published Early Orientalism: Imagined Islam and the Notion of Sublime Power (Routledge, 2014). His articles include among other things work on Moorish-style synagogues, parallels between western Christian representations of the “Old Testament God” and “Allah,” and the relationship between race and religion in orientalist depictions of Jews and Muslims. Currently, Prof. Kalmar is planning a workshop on Islamophobia in the East of the European Union, to take place in Prague in October.

Prof. Aristotle Kallis
Lancaster University

Aristotle Kallis is professor of modern and contemporary history at Keele University, United Kingdom. He has previously taught at the universities Lancaster, Bristol and Edinburgh. His research focuses on extremism and its relation to the mainstream; fascism and the far right parties in Europe; and Islamophobia.He is member of the board of EMISCO.

Dr. Farid Hafez
University of Salzburg

Dr. Farid Hafez is a researcher at the Department of Sociology and Political Science at the University of Salzburg. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Vienna. Hafez has been teaching at a number of universities in the world. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. Hafez is the editor of the German-English Islamophobia Studies Yearbook, ( He was awarded with the Bruno-Kreisky-Award for the political book of the Year 2009 for his German anthology “Islamophobia in Austria” (co-edited with Prof. John Bunzl). He has published more than 10 books and 20 articles. His last publications include ‘From the Far Right to the Mainstream: Islamophobia, Party Politics and the Media’ (Campus Verlag, 2012, together with Humayun Ansari), an introduction to the history of Islamic Political Thought and ‘Shifting borders: Islamophobia as the cornerstone for building pan-European right-wing unity’ (in: Patterns of Prejudice, vol. 48, no. 5, October 2014

Dr. Hatem Bazian
University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Hatem Bazian is a co-founder and Professor of Islamic Law and Theology at Zaytuna College, the 1st Accredited Muslim Liberal Arts College in the United States. In addition, Prof. Bazian is a lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bazian between 2002-2007, also served as an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches courses on Islamic Law and Society, Islam in America: Communities and Institutions, De-Constructing Islamophobia and Othering of Islam, Religious Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. In addition to Berkeley, Prof. Bazian served as a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California 2001-2007 and adviser to the Religion, Politics and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley.

Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa

Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, is an award winning serial entrepreneur, clinical psychologist and clinical hypnotherapist who is the founder of The Soor Center for Professional Therapy and Assessment, Kuwait’s leading professional source of a broad range of psychological services. A licensed psychologist in the State of New York, he is certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists and is a member of the American Psychological Association.

An Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Naif is a member of the academic staff at Kuwait University’s Faculty of Medicine, where he has been teaching clinical psychology, communication skills creative writing, and cognitive behavioral therapy since 2005.

Dr. Naif has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University where he also earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. He holds a Masters in Organizational Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and an MBA, also from Columbia University. He holds a certification in conflict resolution from Columbia University. He earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University, where he triple majored in clinical psychology, English literature and history.

Dr. Naif has extensive clinical experience working with former prisoners of war in Kuwait and the Survivors of Political Torture unit of Bellevue Hospital in New York. He has seen first-hand the cancer that intolerance can bring to any society. His direct contact with the horrors of people tortured because of their religious and political beliefs, led to his writing a timeless children’s tale that won a UNESCO prize for literature in the service of tolerance.

A serial entrepreneur, Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa is the creator of THE 99, the first group of comic superheroes born of an Islamic archetype. THE 99 has received positive attention from the world’s media. Forbes named THE 99 as one of the top 20 trends sweeping the globe and President Barack Obama praised Dr. Naif and THE 99 as perhaps the most innovative of the thousands of new entrepreneurs viewed by his Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Rana Dajani

Rana Dajani: Ph.D. in molecular biology, University of Iowa, USA; Eisenhower Fellow a Fulbright alumnus twice, an Associate Professor and former Director of the Center of Sudies at the Hashemite University, Jordan; former visiting Professor at the Yale Stem Cell Center. Her research focuses on genome-wide association studies concerning diabetes and cancer in ethnic populations in Jordan.

Dr. Dajani is a consultant to the Higher Council for Science and Technology in Jordan. She has written in Scienceand Nature about science and women in the Arab world. She is on the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group in Jordan. She has established a network for women mentors and mentees and received the PEER Award for the model Three Circles of Alemat. She was chosen as one of the 20 more influential scientists in the Islamic World in 2014 and 13th on the list of the 100 most powerful women in the Arab World, also in 2014.

In the field of education, she has been appointed a Higher Education Reform Expert by the EU-TEMPUS office, Jordan, and an Education Expert Consultant to the Islamic Development Bank in Saudi Arabia, Founder of the Center for Service Mearning at the Hashemite University, advocate of teaching using problem-based learning, novel reading, drama and social media, speaker at TEDxDeadsea and at the World Islamic Economic Forum 2012.

On the broader horizon, Dr. Dajani has developed a community-based model and philosophy, “We Love Reading” (WLR) to encourage children to read for pleasure which received the Synergos award for Arab World Social Innovators 2009, a membership to the Clinton Global Initiative 2010, and a place in the book Innovation in Education: Lessons from Pioneers Around the World, published by Qatar Foundation in 2012. WLR is also one of the 2014 WISE Award Winners.WLR has spread throughout Jordan, the Arab world and internationally, reaching Turkey, Mexico, Thailand, Uganda and Azerbaijan.

Nathan Lean
Georgetown University

Nathan Lean is a writer and researcher whose work focuses on Islam, Islamophobia, the Middle East, Muslim-Christian relations, and other issues. He currently serves as the Director of Research at Georgetown University's Bridge Initiative, a project which focuses on Islamophobia. Nathan is the co-author of Iran, Israel and the United States, and co-editor of The Moral Psychology of Terrorism. He is the author of the award-winning book, The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims, which has been translated into four languages. Its second edition will be released next year. A leading voice on Islamophobia in the United States, his writing has been featured in The New Republic, the Los Angeles Times,the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, the San Francisco Examiner, the Christian Science Monitor, Salon, and CNN, among other outlets. Additionally, he is a regular commentator in the media. Nathan serves as an advisor to Tell MAMA UK, Alternative Perspectives and Global Concerns, and has provided consultation for several organizations that work on issues related to civil rights and religious freedom. His forthcoming books include: The Changing Middle East: Power and Politics in an Age of Revolution, and Understanding Islam and the West. A native of North Carolina, he currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Wajahat Ali

Wajahat Ali is a journalist, writer, lawyer, an award-winning playwright, a TV host, and a consultant for the U.S. State Department.

Previously, Ali helped launch the Al Jazeera America network as co-host of Al Jazeera America's The Stream, a daily news show that extended the conversation to social media and beyond. He was also a National Correspondent, Political Reporter, and Social Media Expert for Al Jazeera America. He focused on stories of communities and individuals often marginalized or under-reported in mainstream media. Ali is also the author ofThe Domestic Crusaders—the first major play about Muslim Americans, post-9/11—which was published by McSweeney's and performed off-Broadway and at the Kennedy Center. Currently, with Dave Eggers, Ali is writing a television show about a Muslim American cop in the Bay Area. He was also the lead author and researcher of “Fear Inc., Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America,” the seminal report from the Center for American Progress.

Naz Shah

Naz Shah is a British politician and Member of Parliament. She was elected at the 2015 general election as the MP for the constituency of Bradford West after her selection as the Labour Party candidate and gained the seat from George Galloway of the Respect Party.

Daanish Masood

Daanish is currently senior political affairs officer at the UN in NYC. Born and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Daanish has lived and worked in New York for 16 years.

In 2007, Daanish joined the UN Alliance of Civilizations, a special UN initiative launched under Kofi Annan and continued under Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that pursues experimental projects to investigate the role of identity in violent conflict. In this capacity, Daanish has run projects with local stakeholders in multiple regions around the world to address religious, cultural, and ethnic tensions.

In May 2014, he joined BeAnotherLab to develop conflict resolution applications for The Machine to Be Another, a system that merges interaction protocols from neuroscience research in embodiment with performance, storytelling, and virtual reality to give users the illusion of seeing themselves in the body of another person. The Machine has been widely covered in the media by Wired Magazine, Discovery Channel, the BBC, and The Verge among others. Daanish studied analytic philosophy at New York University and speaks Arabic, Farsi, and Urdu.

Yasser Louati

Yasser Louati is a French human rights activist who specialises on islamophobia and national security policies.

He has been until now the spokesperson for the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF) and head of its international relations desk.

He is currently leading a coalition effort against the current state of emergency in France and skyrocketing islamophobia in France and Europe.

Before joining the CCIF, he was active within the French Muslim community and worked towards uniting its ranks in the face of french institutions and backing the emergence of a truly independent Muslim community.

He is a regular contributor to various international news outlets including Al Jazeera, France 24 or CNN, on questions of French politics, French Muslims, islamophobia and human rights violations.

His writings are published by the Middle East Eye, Mediapart, Liberation and the University of Berkeley Islamophobia Studies Journal among others.

Before his commitment to working on islamophobia, he was an aviation consultant in the Middle East and Africa. He was educated at the university of Paris in English and litterature and currently pursuing an MBA at the Edinburgh Business School.

Syed Furrukh Zad Ali Shah
Universität Erfurt

Syed Furrukh Zad Ali Shah, is Lecturer and DAAD doctoral candidate at University of Erfurt, Germany. His research interests include genocide studies, identity politics and political Islam. His current research focuses on Muslim diaspora in the West, with emphasis on politics and discourses of islamophobia. He holds M. Phil degree in International Relations from Quaid-i-Azam University and M.A. in Political Science from University of the Punjab, (Pakistan). His M.Phil thesis was ‘Genocide: How to Reckon with Past Wrongs’ and Masters’ thesis ‘Reactions and Perceptions towards Religion in Pakistani Society’. As Assistant Professor of International Relations, he taught at various universities in Pakistan, like National Defense University, Quaid-i-Azam University, Fatima Jinnah University and Preston University. Presently, his doctoral research study is entitled ‘Spaces of Engagement: Muslim Diaspora Enclaves-Exclaves and Islamophobia Politics in Western Europe’.

Saeed A. Khan

Saeed A. Khan is Lecturer in the Departments of History and Near East & Asian Studies at Wayne State University- Detroit, Michigan, where he teaches Islamic and Middle East History, Politics and Culture and where he also is a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Citizenship. His primary area of research is the identity politics of Muslim diaspora communities in the US, UK and Europe. In addition, he is a founding member and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding. Professor Khan is a contributor to the BBC, NPR, The Guardian, Quartz, Time and Veja, and is a regular panelist on Turning Point, on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He has been co-host of Detroit Today on WDET. He consults the US and UK government and the European Union on their respective Muslim communities, as well as the Foreign Ministry of India on issues of citizenship and engagement with its diaspora community. He is also Honorary Fellow at the Australian Catholic University.

Professor Khan’s publications include the recent ISPU report, “Manufacturing Bigotry: A State-by-State Legislative Effort to Push Back Against 2050 by Targeting Muslims and Other Minorities,” as well as “Sharia Law, Islamophobia and the US Constitution: New Tectonic Plates of the Culture Wars,” in the Maryland Journal on Race, Religion, Gender and Class and “Orientalism and Western Concepts of Race and Difference in Science,” in Nature’s Encyclopedia of the Human Genome.

Indira Kaljo

Indira Kaljo, originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia immigrated to the United States with her family to escape the war in Bosnia in 1992. She landed in Los Angeles and grew up there playing various sports from a young age. She played collegiate basketball at Tulane University and went on to play professionally overseas. Due to the ban on head scarfs during competition under Federation International Basketball Association (FIBA), Indira started the FIBA allow hijab campaign #fibaALLOWhijab, and a petition online at which received seventy thousand signatures. After a few months in 2014, FIBA approved a 2 year provisional period allowing hijab, turban and Yarmulke. Ms. Kaljo is still fighting for the rights of Muslim women who wear hijab to play in all levels of FIBA organized basketball games as the final decision will be made by FIBA in August 2016.

Ms. Kaljo is the President and Founder of Global Aktivne, a nonprofit which she began in January 2015 to engage girls and women in various peaceful activities globally. The organization has started a Helping Hands Project in which various fundraisers, donations, volunteer opportunities are offered to help those in need. In addition Global Aktivne has started a Sports Academy for girls to engage in participation in various sports such a basketball, soccer, volleyball, swimming, karate and many more. The main mission of Global Aktivne is to unite, engage, and empower girls and women from different parts of the world.

Salman Sayyid
University of Leeds

Salman Sayyid is currently based at the University of Leeds, where he is a Reader in Rhetoric in School of Sociology and Social Policy. Previously, he held academic positions in London, Manchester and Adelaide. From 2010-2013, he was the inaugural director of the International Centre of Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding in Australia.

Some of his major publications include: A Fundamental Fear (a book despite being banned by the Malaysian government is now in its third edition), Thinking through Islamophobia (co-edited with A.Vakil), and Recalling the The Caliphate. Currently, Sayyid is leading a major inter-disciplinary research programme (Critical Muslim Studies) based on a dialogue between decolonial thought and the study of Muslims and Islam. As part of this research programme Sayyid founded a new international peer reviewed academic journal ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies. Sayyid’s publications have been translated into half dozen languages, and he is a frequent and regular contributor to international and national media.

Mustafa Cherif

Algerian academic and essayist Mustafa Cherif contributed for more than three decades to the promotion of Arab Muslim culture and inter-cultural dialogue. A former diplomat and politician, he also dedicated part of his career to teaching. As a researcher, he set up courses about the Arab Muslim civilization and cultures at the University of Algiers, the École supérieure de Sciences politiques et Relations internationales (Algiers), as well as the Open University of Catalonia (e-learning). He is one of the founders of the Groupe d'amitié islamo-chrétien and the World Islamic-Catholic Forum. He has authored numerous works about Islam and inter-faith dialogue. He is the winner of the 2013 UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture which he shared with the Arab British Centre (UK).

Academic Sessions

Southern Europe: 

Olivier Esteves
Lille University

Olivier Esteves is a professor of British studies at Lille University. He works on the sociology and history of immigration and race relations in Britain, and on British intellectuals (George Orwell, Bertrand Russell). He is the author of Une Histoire populaire du boycott, Paris : L’Harmattan, 2006 (two volumes). He edited with Denis Lacorne et Emmanuelle Le Texier Les Politiques de la diversité : expériences anglaise et américaine (Paris : Presses de Sciences-Po, 2010). He also published De l’invisibilité à l’islamophobie : musulmans britanniques (1945-2010), Presses de Sciences-Po, 2011, with a preface by Gérard Noiriel. He has edited, with Jean-Jacques Rosat (Collège de France) and translated into French, with Claire Esteves, Bertrand Russell’s World War I texts : Le Pacifisme et la révolution, texts politiques (1914-1918), Marseille : Agone, 2014. His last book is with Sébastien Lefait, La Question raciale dans les séries américaines (Presses de Sciences-Po, 2014). He is currently doing research on the history of (ethnic) bussing in England for a book entitled Babylon by Bus? Dispersal and the Desegregation of English schools (1960s-1970s), which will be published by a British press by 2018-9.

Alexandros Sakellariou
Panteion University

Dr Alexandros Sakellariou is a post-doctoral researcher at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences of Athens. He holds a PhD on Sociology from Panteion University. He studied at the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens and he obtained his M.A. from Panteion University. He has worked as a researcher in a 4 year research project on young people’s socio-political engagement MYPLACE 2011-2015 (Memory, Youth, Political Legacy and Civic Engagement. He currently works in two European research projects on young people’s well-being, MYWEB (Measuring Youth Well-Being); and on the evaluation of innovative policies, InnoSI (Innovative Social Policies: Strengthening Communities in Europe). His scientific interests include among others politics and religion, religious communities in Greek society, religious freedom, religion and globalization, youth activism and civic participation, and right-wing extremism. He is a member of the Network against the far-right of the Athens Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Since 2014 he is a co-author of the national report regarding Islam in Greece for the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe (Brill).

Prof. Encarna Gutiérrez
  • Psychologist
  • Secretary General of the Islamic Culture Foundation.
  • Managing Director of the Centro de Análisis Femenino, Madrid.
  • Secretary General of the Institute of Cross- Cultural Psychology, associated to UNESCO and to Complutense University of Madrid (UCM).
  • Secretary General and Professor at the Seminary for a Culture of Peace of UNESCO, as well as of the programs of UNESCO “Dialogue among Civilizations” and a “Sustainable Human Development” UNESCO-IPT-UCM.
  • Coordinator of the Social Platform “The gate of Europe for Human Development in Dialogue among Civilizations” UNESCO-IPT-UCM with Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos.
  • Co-author of the Recommendation 1162 (1991) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, on “The contribution of the Islamic civilization to European culture”.
  • Head coordinator of the research project “Islam and Constitutionalism: an open dialogue”.

Alfredo Alietti
Università degli studi di Ferrara

Alfredo Alietti is professor of Urban Sociology at the University of Ferrara, Italy. He has been involved in many researches at national and European level on racism,. He has published numerous books and articles on racism, Antisemitism and Islamophobia, ethnic discrimination, interethnic relations in urban settings, socio-spatial segregation and urban regeneration of deprived areas. He is co-author of recent book “Antisemitism, Islamophobia and Racism. Representations, Imaginaries and Practices in the Italian Society” (2014). He is member of board of European Sociological Association Research Network 31 on “Racism, Anti-Semitism and Ethnic Relations” and member of steering committee of international network “Urban Advanced Marginality”


Bojan Perovic
University of Hamburg

Bojan Perovic is a PhD researcher at the University of Hamburg, Faculty of Law. He recieved his BA in Law from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law and obtained his Master degree in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Sciences. Prior to joining University of Hamburg he spent two years as a research assistant at the Institute of Social Sciences, Center for Legal Researches in Belgrade. During his studies Mr. Perovic gained an extensive non-formal education and practice in the fields closely related to human rights and humanitarian law through participation in numerous number of prestigous non-degree schools and voluntary work in various human rights and humanitarian non-governmental organizations (Regional Academy on the United Nations; University of Groningen- Summer School on Transitional Justice and Politics of Memory; International School for Holocaust; Duke University- International Human Rights Law: Prospects and Challenges etc.). His latest conference papers and published articles (2015/2016) include: 14th SSEES International Conference at the University College London (UCL); International Conference, Genocide in Srebrenica: Towards a Long lasting memory, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Academic Council on the United Nations System- Vienna 2015, Annual Conference – Lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals and Perspectives for the Post 2015 Development Agenda, Vienna, Austria; Balkan Social Science Review, Vol. 6, 2015; Global Humanities Vol.4: Stereotypes and Violence. His academic interests and research areas extend to international public law, especially human rights and international humanitarian law as well as other fields such as discrimination, nationalism, transitional justice.

Đermana Šeta

Đermana Šeta holds a BA in English language and literature from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo and an MA in Religious Studies from the Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies, University of Sarajevo. She is the Head of the Commission for Freedom of Religion of the Islamic Community in B&H, a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies, Sarajevo and president of the assembly of Center for education and research “Nahla”. Her research focus is on sociology on religion, sociology of gender and women’s studies, sociology of family, religion and human rights. She has authored several researches and articles. Her master thesis was published as a book entitled “Why the Headscarf: B&H Muslim women on their life and work with the headscarf” (Zašto marama: B&H muslimanke o životu i radu pod maramom) 2011, CNS & CIPS. Previously she worked as Executive director of Association for language and culture „Lingvisti“, and Head of research department at CER Nahla. She is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo. She is a senior research associate at the Institute for Islamic Tradition of Bosniaks. Currently she is engaged as a project leader in establishing and organizing Department for Marital and Family issues (women’s activism/marriage and family) in Administration for Religious Affairs, Riyasat/Seat of the Islamic community in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Dino Mujadžević
Zagreb University

Dino Mujadžević - Ph.D. (2010), Zagreb University, is visiting researcher at Center for Corpus Approaches to Social Science at Lancaster University and A. v. Humboldt post-doctoral researcher at the Chair for history of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey at Ruhr University Bochum. While he started as historian of the Ottoman Balkans, his current research focuses are corpus-assisted political analysis and contemporary history of Southeast Europe He is the author of Bakarić (2011).

Arber Fetiu
Universite de Montreal

Arber Fetiu is a PhD student at Universite de Montreal, Canada. His project explores the images of the future after 9/11 in dystopian fiction and political discourse. More specifically, he is interested in the images of the future that predict, foresee and anticipate the ‘takeover of Europe’ by immigrants; how the portrayal of Europe’s futures in dystopian literature and anticipatory political discourses creates or constructs the present; the inclusion of these images of the future in official texts; how the future is talked about in the service of governance and control of subjects and their bodies. His work examines the terrains of convergence between dystopian literature and non-fiction discourse on immigration in the West. He is concerned with the role and dilution of fiction and non-fiction narratives of the future(s) in the production of new knowledge and the making of new or enhancing of old forms of control, stigmatisation and othering. Fetiu has worked with International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD) in Washington DC as well as for the International Center for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) where he was a research assistant for the production of a report on literature review for radicalisation, published in January 2016, “International comparative study on prevention of radicalisation”. He has written on secularism, radicalisation, counter-radicalisation politics and related issues.

Northern Europe:

Arzu Merali

Arzu Merali is a writer and researcher based in London, UK. She is one of the founders of Islamic Human Rights Commission (an NGO with consultative status with the United Nations, set up in 1997) and heads its research section. She has authored various academic and journalistic articles, reports and books on human rights and social justice issues, including and especially Islamophobia. Her latest publications include Environment of Hate: The New Normal for Muslims in the UK (2015) with Saied R. Ameli and ‘La cooptación del feminismo islámico en el euro-islam y La pérdida de La Liberación’ in Tabula Rasa. No.21: 91-109, Julio-Diciembre. She has presented her work at various fora including the United Nations. Merali is a permanent faculty member of the Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles and Liberation Theologies summer school. She focuses on Islamic Feminsim, human rights and grammars of human dignity.

Dr. Ineke Van Der Valk
University of Amsterdam

Dr. Ineke van der Valk (Political Sciences, University of Amsterdam) specializes in the study of racism, islamophobia, extremism, (de)radicalization, ethnic relations and diversity in multicultural societies and the history of immigrants in the Netherlands. She has published extensively on these issues. Ineke van der Valk holds degrees in Educational Studies and Ethnic Studies and a Ph-D in Discourse Studies from the University of Amsterdam. Previously she was senior researcher at the Anne Frank House where she studied processes of (de)radicalization, rightwing extremism, jihadi extremism and islamophobia. She obtained her doctorate on the interface between social sciences and discourse analysis with a comparative study of the perception of ethnic issues in the political discourse of the Netherlands and France, paying special attention to the extreme right: Difference, Deviance, Threat (Aksant 2002). She participated in a joint research project with the University of Vienna/ University of Amsterdam on racism in European countries. She was a community worker and human rights activist in the 70-ies and 80-ies and worked as a policy advisor for institutions, municipalities and Ngo's. Ineke van der Valk currently works on islamophobia in the Netherlands and manages the Monitor Islamophobia Project in the Netherlands. Her book ‘Islamofobie en discriminatie’ (Amsterdam University Press, 2012) was translated in English, French, German and Italian. Her last publications include:

Dutch Islamophobia ( LIT-Verlag 2015)

Racism, a Complex Human Rights Issue, in: B.Weston & A. Grear (eds.) Human Rights in the World Community: Issues and Action (2016, University of Pennsylvania Press)

Amina Easat-Daas

Amina Easat-Daas has recently completed her PhD at Aston University, Birmingham, UK. Her doctoral research is entitled Muslim Women’s Political Participation in Francophone Europe: A Comparative Analysis of France and Belgium, and it specifically examines the motivations, opportunities and barriers to political participation by Muslim women in the two cases. Amina’s broader research interests include the study of Muslim political participation and representation, Muslim women’s dress, ‘European Islam’ and anti-Muslim prejudice or Islamophobia in Europe, and has several forthcoming book chapters and articles related to these topics. Amina has worked alongside prominent European NGOs. She regularly participates in academic conferences throughout the UK and has also previously presented some of her work related to anti-Muslim prejudice at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Fatih Ünal
Humboldt University Berlin

Fatih Uenal is currently a researcher and PhD candidate at the Humboldt University of Berlin (Department of Social Sciences). Starting August 2016 he will continue his work as visiting scholar at Harvard University (Deparment of Psychology). He holds a degree in Middle Eastern Studies (Free University of Berlin). His main research interest is in the analyses of intergroup relations, political ideology, discrimination, and racism with a particular focus on the role of Islamophobic beliefs. His current research project is concerned with the structure, social-, political- and psychological mechanisms, as well as consequences of Islamophobia in Germany. He has published several articles on this topic. His upcoming research project at Harvard University will focus on the role of islamophobic beliefs in the current resurgence of right-wing populist politics and movements, both in the USA and in Europe in cross-country comparison.

Uenal, F. (2016). Disentangling Islamophobia. The Differential Effects of Symbolic, Realistic, and Terroristic Threat Perceptions as Mediators Between Social Dominance Orientation and Islamophobia. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 4(1), 66–90.

Uenal, F. (2016). The “Secret Islamization” of Europe: Exploring Integrated Threat Theory for Predicting Islamophobic Conspiracy Stereotypes. International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 9(1), 1– 15.

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Zsolt Sereghy
Vienna University

Zsolt Sereghy is a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Political Science, Vienna University, Austria. His current research focuses on the nexus between Europe’s Muslim communities, migration, and political and medial securitisation. He holds a Magister degree in Oriental Studies from the Vienna University and an M.Litt. degree in Middle Eastern and Central Asian Security Studies from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His research interests include the securitisation of Islam and Muslim migrant communities in Europe, as well as Middle East politics in general and Lebanese politics, educational policies and pop culture in particular. Sereghy published a number of articles, most recently ‘Vienna Must Not Become Istanbul – The Securitization of Islam and Muslims in Austria’ (in: Suleiman, Yasir (ed.), Muslims in the UK and Europe , Centre for Islamic Studies of the University of Cambridge, May 2014). Currently, Sereghy is also working on a project exploring socio-political activism in Lebanese pop culture. He resides in Beirut and Vienna.

Dr. Kasia Narkowicz
University of York

Dr. Kasia Narkowicz is based at the University of York in the UK. She researches racism and islamophobia in Poland and the UK and is interested in the entanglements of race, gender, liberalism and religion/secularism. Kasia hold a PhD from University of Sheffield and has lived and studied in Sweden and Poland where she was born. She is currently working on a project entitled 'Deport, Deprive, Extradite' together with Dr Nisha Kapoor that investigates the growing insecurity of citizenship in the war on terror in the UK. Kasia has published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies ('From unproblematic to contentious: mosques in Poland' co-authored with Dr Konrad Pędziwiatr, 2016), in the Baltic Worlds ('The Rise of Polish Islamophobia', 2014) as well as in the edited book Muslims in the UK and Europe ('Islamophobia on the Move: Circulation of Anti-Muslim prejudice between Poland and the UK', co-authored with Dr Anna Gawlewicz, 2014) and various academic blogs such as Discover Society ('Re-emerging Racisms: Understanding Hate in Poland', 2016) and Global Social Theory (Feminism, 2014). Kasia tweets at @kasianarkowicz

Egle Tilindiene

Eglė Tilindienė obtains LL.M in International Law. Her special focus is ethnicity, freedom of religion, hate speech and equal rights campaigning. Eglė has worked as a lawyer at NGO Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights during 2011–2015. During this time she has written shadow reports on racism and discrimination for the European Network Against Racism (focus on Islamophobia, labor market, hate crime and Afrophobia). In addition, she has written a report on political hate speech during the last European Parliament elections (2014). Currently Eglė is working in the field of equal opportunities integration at the Office of Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson.


Dr. Enes Bayraklı

Mr. 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 and a specialist 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 during the period of August-December 2012. Mr. Bayraklı has been a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the Turkish-German University since 2013. His fields of research include the Transformation of Turkish Foreign Policy, Northern Iraq Policy of Israel, Cultural Diplomacy, Foreign Policy Analysis, German Politics and Foreign Policy.

İsmail Çağlar
Medeniyet University

İsmail Çağlar obtained his B.A. degree from the Sociology Department of the Middle Eastern Technical University in Ankara, and received his MPhil and Ph.D. from Leiden University, the Netherlands. Çağlar is a faculty member in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at İstanbul's Medeniyet University. His areas of research include media-politics relations, social history, modernization, and religion-state relations. Also worked as Media and Communication Research Director at SETA, Mr. Çağlar is currently appointed as the Assistant General Coordinator at SETA-İstanbul.

M. Tacettin Kutay
Türkisch - Deutsche Universitaet

M. Tacettin Kutay (1981 Beyoglu/İstanbul) studied Psychologie, Political Sciences and Theology at the University of Vienna and Obtained his MA (2013) with Thesis "Säkularisation und Säkularisierung in Europa, in der Türkei"

Since 2015 Resarch Assistant at the Turkish-German University İstanbul.

Fırat Purtaş
Gazi University

Mr. Fırat Purtaş is a Professor at the Department of International Relations of the Gazi University in Ankara. His academic works mainly focus on political and social issues of former Soviet republics. He is the editor of the Bilig, Journal of Social Sciences of the Turkic World, cited by the SCI. Besides his academic activity, he has been working as Deputy Secretary General of the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY) since 2008. As a member of the Turkish National Commission for UNESCO, he is also experienced in the field of cultural studies.

Haroon Moghul

Haroon Moghul is a commentator and broadcaster who wishes he could just be a writer. He is a Senior Fellow and the Director of Development at the Center for Global Policy, as well as the Muslim Leadership Initiative Facilitator at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Haroon has appeared on all major American media networks, and has been published at the Washington Post, TIME, CNN, Guardian, Foreign Policy, Haaretz and Salon. In 2016, he was a Finalist for the Religion Newswriter's 2016 Awards for Religion Reporting Excellence. Haroon is the author of two previous books; his next, a memoir, How to be a Muslim: An American Story, will be published in 2017. Previously Haroon was a Fellow at Fordham Law School's Center on National Security and the National Security Studies Program at New America Foundation. He serves on the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He graduated from Columbia University with an M.A. in Middle East, South Asian and African Studies.

Nabila Pathan

Nabila Pathan is a weekly columnist for Al Arabiya English writing about Muslim cultural productions in the west. She is also founder and chair of the full picture club, which facilitates a network of women to gather and discuss current affairs in central London venue. She was previously on the board of the Muslim women’s helpline and currently serves on the board of rooms of our own, a women led business hub in London. She also contribute articles to the Huffington Post, International women’s month and emel.

Muddassar Ahmed

Muddassar leads Unitas Communications, a British PR consultancy, where he’s lead on projects for the UN, US State Department and OIC amongst others. He also founded the Concordia Forum, an annual retreat for Western Muslim leaders. In addition, he’s President of the John Adams Society, the UK’s official US State Dept. IVLP Association. He’s a Director of the European Network of American Alumni, HRH Prince’s Youth Business International & Faith’s Forum for London. He’s also a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, a Member of the US Atlantic Council and a NATO YA Fellow. He recently completed a term as an Independent Advisor to the UK Government on UK Muslim communities and was recently listed by Georgetown University and RSCIS as amongst the 500 most influential Muslims globally.

Nomia Iqbal

Nomia Iqbal is a journalist and broadcaster with BBC News. She has travelled across South Asia, Africa and across Europe specialising in politics, governance and youth issues. She currently presents Newsday, the BBC’s World Service's international early morning news and current affairs programme.


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