Engy Abdelkader

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Engy Abdelkader

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Areas of Expertise: Islamophobia, International Religious Freedom, Civil Liberties & Nat’l Security, Int’l Terrorism & Human Rights, Immigration, Women in Islam

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Engy Abdelkader is faculty at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service where she teaches courses on international terrorism and human rights as well as civil liberties and national security. An award-winning attorney and scholar, she has worked with Muslims, Arabs and South Asians since 9/11 to address Islamophobia.  Her research and writing explores religious freedom challenges confronting American Muslims, European Muslims and Burmese Rohingya, among others. The author of When Islamophobia Turns Violent:  The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections, Abdelkader’s legal scholarship has been published in the Fordham International Law Journal, Asian American Law Journal at Berkeley Law and the UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law, among others.  Her popular writing has appeared in TIME, CNN, Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, and other news outlets. Abdelkader holds two U.S. law degrees including credentials from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as a Constitutional Law teaching fellow and graduated with academic distinction.

Education

J.D., Rutgers University School of Law LL.M., University of Pennsylvania Law School

Areas of Expertise

  1. Islamophobia
  2. International Religious Freedom
  3. Civil Liberties & Nat’l Security
  4. Int’l Terrorism & Human Rights
  5. Immigration
  6. Women in Islam

Articles

Other Works

While 9/11 thrust the American Muslim community into the center of public attention nearly a decade ago, misinformation regarding this group persists against an alarming back-drop of rising Islamophobia. The following five myths are worth noting. To be sure, many more exist. But I have chosen to highlight these five because they contribute profoundly to…
New research from U.N. Women finds that 99.3 percent of women have suffered sexual harassment in Egypt. Slightly less (91.5 percent) have experienced unwelcome physical contact. Released last week, the study confirms that harassment and assault occur irrespective of a woman's appearance, conduct or manner of dress. This comports with similar U.S.-based research suggesting that…
If the stereotypical Muslim woman is an oppressed one, then the archetypal Muslim male is responsible for her condition. In news stories, popular entertainment media and even video games, the image of the violent, misogynistic or abusive Muslim man is present time and again. To be sure, bad apples exist in every religious, ethnic and…
Amid record rates of unemployment, mounting foreclosures and scorching heat this summer, Muslims in America (and around the globe) have begun fasting the month of Ramadan. They do so to feel the plight of the poor and needy, cultivate discipline and patience and rejuvenate spiritually. From dawn to dusk each day for thirty days, Muslims…
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…
"The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One's right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press,…
About a week or so ago, I was invited to participate in a town hall focusing on religious freedom in America and the contagion of so-called "anti-Sharia" legislation around the country when the topic of Muslim sister wives arose. By way of background, approximately 50 "anti-Sharia" bills have been introduced in more than 20 states…
Congress recently held a hearing titled, "End Racial Profiling in America." The scope of the hearing was unique in so far as it was not only limited to the experiences of African Americans and Latinos but encompassed the American Muslim one, too. While African Americans and Latinos have long complained about racial and ethnic profiling…
Amid continued communal strife in Myanmar, Muslim women and children are increasingly finding themselves in vulnerable situations that have yet to be adequately recognized and addressed. This post glimpses the related issue of human trafficking. By way of background, Burma's record on human trafficking has prompted the United States to place it on a Tier…
"You boys were so much fun on the 8th grade trip! Thanks for not bombing anything while we were there!" read the yearbook inscription penned by the middle school teacher. The eighth grade yearbook was littered with similar remarks by classmates linking Omar to a "bomb." "To my bomb man!" read one note. "Come wire…
Peace has many faces. We often think of it as the desired goal when bringing warring parties to the bargaining table to negotiate a workable compromise. Yet, all around the country Americans can be found working to promote a culture of peace in much more subtle ways. This article features five of those people, and…
According to a 2012 research study conducted by Pew, Muslims are the second largest religious group in Europe, constituting approximately 5.9 percent of the population. Their growing presence, attributed to an influx of migration from Muslim-majority societies, has been met by increased government restrictions on and related social hostilities related to religion or belief. This post examines the conflict…
"I wouldn't have to live this life if I wasn't a Muslim." -Anwar Sardad, a 10-year-old child laboring in Myanmar, October 2013 Since largely democratic elections in 2011 ushered in Thein Sein as Myanmar's president, the international community has rewarded perceived political and economic reforms with eased international sanctions, foreign business investments and enhanced public…
While I did not know her, the story of her death haunts me: an American Muslim stay-at-home mother of two gunned down in a suburban New Jersey neighborhood. After completing a Ramadan meal with family, Nazish was walking with her husband and pushing her three-year-old son in a stroller when her attacker allegedly shot her…
Does a reference to Muslims trigger thoughts of folks organizing food pantries, park cleanups and low-cost health clinics? Do you think of global volunteerism and young adults creating -- opportunity and hope -- not destroying? Do you envision a helping hand? Allow me to introduce you to Aysha Mohsin: law school grad, business analyst and…
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,…
In 2002, our federal government implemented the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, which required males 17 and older to register with U.S. immigration authorities. The requirement applied only to natives of predominantly Muslim countries. After reporting to registration, many of the men and boys never returned home. Rather, they were detained and deported, often without…
According to a newly released Pew Research Center study, religious hostilities around the world have reached an unfortunate six-year high. In fact, every major region of the world, with the exception of North and South America, has experienced increased religious tensions. The report makes a number of significant findings, several of which are explored in this…
On January 14th Tunisians will mark the third anniversary of the "Jasmine Revolution." Three years ago, three weeks of popular protests sparked by the self-immolation of a Tunisian street vendor culminated in the ouster of former Tunisian President Zine El-Abedine Ben Ali and triggered a series of events that would come to be known as…
The question of Muslim women's rights is an intriguing one requiring discernment of Islam's egalitarian principles from the ill-informed practices of some of its adherents. To be clear, Islam is defined as a monotheistic, Abrahamic faith. Islamic jurisprudence is largely comprised of teachings from the Quran, a holy book believed to be the literal word…
Last month, Rolling Stone featured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of its magazine, triggering a firestorm of outrage and controversy. The move was widely experienced as an affront to all those whose lives were devastated by the Boston bombings. There is a concern that Tsarnaev and his ilk are being glorified for criminality that should instead be…
Muslim women are steeped in stubborn stereotypes as meek, oppressed and in need of rescue. Recurring images beamed into our homes and phones from abroad of Muslim women being denied access to education, the ability to drive or even the right to cast a vote or run for political office only serve to reinforce such…
In 2004, I was working in Washington, D.C. with the largest Muslim civil rights organization in America when I received a telephone call from a distressed American Muslim woman. She reported standing outside her home in Maryland when a car filled with teenage boys sped by but not before throwing a ham sandwich at her.…
On Monday, Burmese President Thein Sein is due to visit the White House. The visit represents another milestone in recently burgeoning U.S.-Burma relations, and an opportunity to engage Thein Sein on the significance of respecting international human rights norms -- such as protecting its minority Muslim population's religious freedoms -- to continued Burmese democratic reform.…
"In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue..." So we were taught in primary school. But, did you know that the captains of two of the three small Spanish ships comprising Columbus's fleet were in fact Muslim? Martin Alonso Pinzon the captain of the Pinta and his brother Vicente Yanex Pinzon the captain of the Nina…