CIGA 2nd International Conference on Islamophobia kicks off in Istanbul

Istanbul The second International Conference on Islamophobia, being organized by the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University (IZU), kicked off in Istanbul, Turkey, on Friday.

The conference, being held under the theme Islamophobia: Analyzing its Discourses and Geopolitics, will see world renowned experts on the subject discussing various facets of the growing problem of Islamophobia.

Last year's conference was themed Contextualizing Islamophobia: Its Impact on Culture and Global Politics and received an overwhelmingly positive response from participants and attendees.

This year's conference falls in the aftermath of the March 15 New Zealand terror attacks that claimed 50 innocent Muslims with dozens injured, which have reignited discussions about the global phenomenon of Islamophobia.

The three-day event will feature over 20 renowned speakers and scholars including Anne Norton of the University of Pennsylvania, U.S., author of the important book 'On the Muslim Question', which she says has become the great question of our time; Salman Sayyid of the University of Leeds, UK; Vice President of Turkey's Diyanet Selim Argun; Talip Kucukcan of the University of Marmara, Turkey; Tamara Sonn of Georgetown University, U.S.; Farid Hafez of the University of Salzburg, Austria; Hatem Bazian of the University of California, Berkeley, U.S.; Ihsan Bagby of the University of Kentucky, U.S.; Dalia Fahmy of Long Island University, U.S.; Luwei Rose Luqiu of Hong Kong Baptist University, China; and Varsha Basheer of University of Kerala, India.

The conference is an opportunity for participants, students, media persons, and the public to engage with the experts and explore ways to counter the emerging problem of Islamophobia facing the Muslim world.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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