Engy Abdelkader

Engy Abdelkader speaking on a panel

Engy Abdelkader

Expert

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 an award-winning attorney and scholar who 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 other law journals. 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

JD, Rutgers University School of Law; LLM, 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

Publications

  • In his upcoming visit to Washington, Egypt’s President Abdul Fatah el-Sisi, who rose to power after a military coup in 2013, is expected to seek the Trump administration’s commitment to criminalize his political opposition by designating the Muslim Brotherhood a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The Muslim...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • “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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • “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...

  • 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...

  • “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...

  • “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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

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