Emmanuel Macron Defends His Crusade

November 02, 2020

Throughout the month of October, French President Emmanuel Macron projected himself into the global news cycle as the leader of a new crusade launched ostensibly to bring Islam into conformity with French Enlightenment ideals. In reality, his campaign is aimed at bolstering his chances of winning...

COVID-19 Drives Conspiracy Theories and Islamophobia

September 18, 2020

For the past decade, I have been researching the impact of Islamophobia on social media. After the outbreak of COVID-19, I was commissioned, alongside my colleague Roxana Khan Williams, by the chair and independent members of the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group to produce an evidenced-based...

In Norway, Negative Attitudes Toward Muslims Are Still Widespread

November 05, 2019

The World Happiness Report published by the United Nations in March this year identified Norway as the world’s third happiest country. The Scandinavian nation is doing remarkably well when it comes to key variables that influence well-being, such as income, freedom, trust, life expectancy,...

Extremists Won’t Hinder Interfaith Dialogue

May 15, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Leonard Swidler, professor of Catholic thought and interreligious dialogue at Temple University, Philadelphia. Interfaith dialogue is a necessity in our age. In a world suffering from armed conflicts, diplomatic standoffs and trade wars,...

Is Islamophobia on the Rise?

May 05, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Peter Riddell, vice-principal at the Melbourne School of Theology in Australia. Islamophobia can be seen in a variety of ways. As a form of intolerance and discrimination, it risks affecting relations between Muslims and non-Muslims and...

The Christchurch Killer Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

April 19, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Alexander Gillespie, professor of international law at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. On March 15, 2019, New Zealand witnessed the deadliest mass shooting in its modern history. A 28-year-old Australian gunman opened fire on...

Can Google Search Data Help Solve Islamophobia?

July 15, 2017

Short of stealing people’s diaries or tapping their phone calls, what else can researchers do to gather the most objective data possible? For decades, social scientists have conducted research using some combination of surveys, census data, focus groups, interviews and observation techniques....

Islamophobia is the Cause of Far-Right Extremism

June 24, 2017

Radicalization is intimately tied up with Islamophobia. This needs to be better understood. The media and political responses to the Finsbury Park attack in London have been lame. Islamophobia is the driver of far-right extremism inasmuch as far-right extremism thrives on Islamist...

In Exile in Trump’s America

March 20, 2017

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Sepideh Jodeyri, a poet who fled Iran for opposing the Islamic Republic. US President Donald Trump came to power on a wave of anti-immigration, anti-Muslim populist rhetoric. Having aggressively targeted illegal immigrants coming into the...

False Perceptions of Muslims in the Age of Trump

February 01, 2017

The power of the online world must not be underestimated, particularly when examining how Muslims are viewed. Muslims living and working in the United States are being forced to reconsider their futures in light of Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. Citizens of seven Muslim-majority...

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