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Engy Abdelkader
Legal Fellow
Did you know that October is national bullying prevention month? To be effective, it’s critical to identify emerging patterns in bullying that uniquely impacts diverse groups such as Muslim students. Just last month, the world was shocked when local Texan school officials had Ahmed Mohamed handcuffed, detained, and suspended for inventing a clock that beeped in class. The teen is now moving to Qatar. A number of commentators have correctly observed that the incident reflects intensifying Islamophobia. It also reveals the role that some adults play in fostering anti-Muslim bias in our schools and creating a hostile learning environment for Muslim students in violation of federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws and policies. Bullying is not limited to youth who target classmates. ... » read more
An item in this week’s LGBT Global Roundup about the struggle to recognize marginalized pro-LGBT voices in the Arab world, reminds us that while religious voices are typically the loudest in denying human dignity, religions are not homogeneous. Here in the US, meanwhile, much of the post-Obgergefell v. Hodges opposition is framed as a religious concern, though it’s seldom noted there have been deep, ongoing debates about inclusion in American Muslim communities for years. Globally, key movements in the US, France, and South Africa receive the majority of media attention for more progressive discussions on sexuality and Islam, though a 2011 report shows how pervasive (and deep) these conversations truly are.... » read more
Sameera Ahmed
American Muslim youth are a heterogeneous group, with varying backgrounds, experiences, and needs. Families, schools, and communities can benefit from research on American Muslim youth to improve current approaches in youth programming and development. This report identifies the nuances and complexities of American Muslim youth’s developmental context and environments. It highlights research on underserved Muslim youth populations—namely young Muslim women, African-American Muslim youth, convert Muslim youth, and refugee Muslim youth. Risk factors and behaviors are also highlighted. Finally, eight youth programming recommendations that can be implemented around three developmental contexts (families, schools, and communities) are provided.... » read more
Engy Abdelkader
Legal Fellow
If the last two elections are any indication, candidates in the 2016 presidential race may be tempted to engage in Muslim-bashing - playing off national security anxieties and fostering racial and religious animus - to win the vote. But anti-Muslim bigotry comes at a high cost to American Muslims, to America's international stature, and increasingly, to the political careers of those who fuel it.... » read more
By the look of things, America is suffering through a pretty bad identity crisis. As our society indulges in 50th anniversary commemorations of civil rights movement milestones and tragedies - such as the passage of the Voting Rights Act or the Sunday massacre at Selma police across the country continue to go unchastised for shooting unarmed, naked, and even mentally ill civilians. It is no surprise, then, that the Malcolm X is making a comeback in our national conversation about race, justice, and memory.... » read more
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