Islamophobia is a persistent social justice issue based on misinformation that impacts the lives of Muslim people around the world. Moreover, many people do not fully understand what Islamophobia is and how it informs their thinking.
There are many definitions of Islamophobia. We offer a few here:
- "An exaggerated fear, hatred, and hostility toward Islam and Muslims that is perpetuated by negative stereotypes resulting in bias, discrimination, and the marginalization and exclusion of Muslims from America’s social, political, and civic life.” (Source)
- "An extreme fear of and hostility toward Islam and Muslims. It often leads to hate speech and hate crimes, social and political discrimination, can be used to rationalize policies such as mass surveillance, incarceration, and disenfranchisement, and can influence domestic and foreign policy.” (Source)
- "The presumption that Islam is inherently violent, alien, and inassimilable. Combined with this is the belief that expressions of Muslim identity are correlative with a propensity for terrorism. […] Islamophobia is rooted in understandings of Islam as civilization’s antithesis and perpetuated by government structures and private citizens. […] Islamophobia is also a process—namely, the dialectic by which state policies targeting Muslims endorse prevailing stereotypes and, in turn, embolden private animus toward Muslim subjects.” (Source)
Whether you are seeking ways to actively promote social justice in support of friends, neighbors and colleagues, or you identify as Muslim and seek educational resources, support or wish to report a bias incident, each of us can play a part in stopping Islamophobia.
The resources below were compiled in partnership with students, faculty and staff from across the University for you to use in your exploration of this critical issue and the development of skills to combat Islamophobia. Requests to add additional items can be sent to [email protected].
The resources below include off-campus resources that Columbia is neither affiliated with nor explicitly endorses. This list is intended only to inform students of resources available to them in the broader community.
The books listed below are only a small sample of books available from Columbia Libraries on this topic. Please consult with a Columbia reference librarian for additional resources.
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