Civility video and readings on Islamophobia

As part of our “Civility Event” and in response to the increased Islamophobia we have seen in the media, we had the following video on an infinite loop playing in Lowry. Please feel free to use it as a starting point for positive discussions about religious intolerance and Islamophobia in your classes.

The Center also uploaded to the Teaching Matters Wikki a series of reading resources and discussion questions. College of Wooster faculty can download the information by going directly to the Wikki. A small subset of resources is provided here:

Reading resources for a discussion on Islamophobia
Prepared by the Center for Diversity and Global Engagement in collaboration with Boubacar N’Diaye, Chuck Kammer, Mazen Nous, and Ibra Sen
September 9, 2010

Popular Press

  1. Is America Islamophobic? What the anti-mosque uproar tells us about how the US regards Muslims. Time Vol 176. No 9, 2010 Auguest 30 2010.
  2. Selected news stories on Muslims in the news the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Available at
  3. “Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of Ground Zero mosque says plan will move forward” Rauf stressed in the New York Times op-ed on Wednesday that he was proceeding with the project with the support of the downtown community and officials like President Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg—pointing out that Obama is Christian and Bloomberg is Jewish. Rauf said the $100 million community center will include separate prayer spaces for “Muslims, Christians, Jews and men and women of other faiths.” He added there would be a memorial for victims of 9/11 and insisted that all financing would be made public. NY Daily News.
  4. Minkel, Elizabeth “How does it feel to be a problem. New Yorker. September 1, 2010.
  5. “Islamophobia’ on the rise in Europe, report says – Europe – International Herald Tribune.” New York Times. Monday, December 18, 2006. Online.
  6. Nicholas D. Kristoff. Op-Ed Columnist. “America’s History of Fear”. September 4, 2010.
  7. Robert Marquand. “Why ‘Islamophobia’ is less thinly veiled in Europe.” Christian Science Monitor. September 5, 2010 (Online)

Journal Articles

  1. Brenneman, Robert. “Attitudes toward Immigrants in the United States: Does Religion Matter?” University of Notre Dame. October 18, 2004
  2. Hartmann, Douglas, Daniel Winchester, Joseph Gerteis, and Penny Edgell. “Diversity in two dimensions: A comparison of attitudes about race and religion from a new national survey” University of Minnesota, Department of Sociology. January 2008.
  3. Rahim, Emad. “The Growing Epidemic of “Islamophobia” in America: Social Change through Appreciative Inquiry.” The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. Volume 10, Number 1, 2010. * This article needs more nuanced analysis. For example, it makes some generalized claims about culture in the Middle East. But it hits on many points that are important to talk about and as such it should be included.
  4. Rana, Junaid . “Islam and Black America: The Story of Islamophobia”. Souls 9 (2): 148–161, 2007.
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