Third International Conference on Islamophobia

Examining the Global War on Terror: Challenges, Policies, and Consequences

 

Program

 

All Times are Istanbul Time (GMT +3, EST +7)

 

Day 1 - Friday, March 26, 2021

 

Opening Session: 19:00-20:00 - Welcoming/Introductory Remarks

Session Chair: Fadi Zatari, CIGA, Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, Turkey

Speakers:

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Bulut, Rector, Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University

Prof. Dr. Emadeldin Shahin, Dean, College of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifah University, Qatar

Mr. Na’eem Jeenah, Executive Director, Afro-Middle East Centre (AMEC), South Africa

Mr. Steve Downs, Board Chairperson, Coalition for Civil Freedoms, Washington DC, USA

Dr. Asim Qureshi, Research Director, CAGE, London, UK

Program: Sami Al-Arian, Director, Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA), Turkey

 

Session I:  20:00-22:00

Islamophobia and the Geopolitical Context of the War on Terror

Session Chair: Prof. Sami Al-Arian, CIGA, Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, Turkey

Terrorism and the Politics of Islamophobia: Examining the Big Questions

Prof. Mary Breen-Smyth, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA

Islamophobia in the Service of Empire

Prof. Jasmin Zine, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada

The War on Terror: Defining the Language, Analyzing the Politics

Prof. Ramon Grosfoguel, University of California, Berkley, USA

 

 

Day 2 - Saturday, March 27, 2021

 

Session II:  17:30-19:45

Islamophobia and Domestic Control of Targeted Minorities

Session Chair: Mr. Ubied Ruff, CIGA, Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, Turkey

Manufacturing Terrorism

Mr. Steve Downs, Coalition for Civil Freedoms, USA

Ms. Kathy Manley, Coalition for Civil Freedoms, USA

Prevent: Analyzing Government Programs to Monitor UK Muslims

Dr. Asim Qureshi, CAGE, UK

Countering Violent Extremism in the US

Ms. Paula Thompson, University of California-Berkeley, USA

 

Session III:  20:00-22:00

Redefining the Global War on Terror: Who is the Terrorist?

Session Chair: Mr. Üveys Han, CIGA, Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, Turkey

What is Terrorism?

Prof. Hamed Mousavi, University of Tehran, Iran

The Global War on Terror: Twenty Years Later

Mr. Na’eem Jeenah, Afro-Middle East Centre (AMEC), South Africa

Terrorism, State Violence, and Resistance: The Case of Palestine

Prof. Sami Al-Arian, CIGA, IZU, Istanbul, Turkey

 

 

Day 3 - Sunday, March 28, 2021

 

Session IV:  17:30-19:45

The Geopolitics of the Global War on Terror

Session Chair: Prof. Abdulfattah Mohamed, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

The Case of Kashmir

Prof. Rabia Aamir, National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan

The Case of the Uyghurs

Mr. Ömer Kanat, Uyghur Human Rights Project, Washington DC, USA

The Case of the Rohingyas

Dr. Maung Zarni, The Sleuk Rith Institute, Documentation Centre of Genocide, Cambodia

Islamophobia and the Curtailing of Critical Scholarship: The Case of Europe

Prof. Farid Hafez, University of Salzburg, Austria

 

Session V:  20:00-22:00

The Alarming Effects of the Global War on Terror

Session Chair: Ms. Linda Hyökki, CIGA, Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, Turkey

The Psychologisation and the Securitisation of Muslim Youth

Prof. Tarek Younis, Middlesex University, UK

The Intertwining of Islamophobia and Contemporary Racism

Prof. Fahid Qurashi, Staffordshire University, UK

Understanding the Human Impact of the War on Terror

Ms. Leena Al-Arian, Coalition for Civil Freedoms, Washington, DC, USA

 

 

Day 4 - Monday, March 29, 2021

 

Session VI:  17:30-19:45

Unpacking Islamophobia’s Consequences

Session Chair: Prof. Heba Raouf Ezzat, Ibn Haldun University, Turkey

The Law and the Criminalization of Political Dissent

Ms. Charlotte Kates, National Lawyers Guild, USA

Islamophobia in Politics

Prof. Rizwaan Sabir, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Islamophobia in Education

Prof. Narzanin Massoumi, University of Exeter, UK

Islamophobia in the Media

Dr. Tarek Cherkaoui, TRT Research Centre, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Session VII:  20:00-22:15

Autocratic Regimes and the Politics of Islamophobia

Session Chair: Ms. Matshidiso Motsoeneng, Afro-Middle East Centre (AMEC), South

Africa

The Case of the UAE

Prof. David Miller, University of Bristol, UK

The Case of Egypt

Prof. Yasir Morsi, La Troube University, Australia

Islamophobia in the Arab and Muslim Worlds

Prof. Yasin Aktay, Ankara Yıldrım Beyazıt University, Ankara, Turkey

The Role of State-sponsored Ulama in Promoting Islamophobia

Prof. Usaama al-Azami, University of Oxford, UK

 

 

Day 5 - Tuesday, March 30, 2021

 

Session VIII:  17:30-19:45

Examining the Dangerous Tactics of the War on Terror

Session Chair: Prof. Nagihan Haliloğlu, Ibn Haldun University, Turkey

Rendition and Privatization of Security

Mr. Gary Sowards, Military Commission Defense Office, Washington DC, USA

Torture, Assassination, and Drones

Mr. James Connell III, Military Commission, Defense Office, Washington DC, USA

The Black Hole of Guantanamo

Ms. Denise LeBeouf, American Civil Liberties Union, USA

Counter-Terrorism and Policies on Islam in Europe

Prof. Frank Peter, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar       

 

Session VIII:  20:00-22:00

A Conversation with Victims of the War on Terror

Ms. Maryam Abu Ali, CCF, USA,

Mr. Moazzam Begg, CAGE, UK,

Ms. Chafika Attalai, formerly CCIF, France,

Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui, The Aafia Foundation, Pakistan,

Prof. Farid Hafez, University of Salzburg, Austria,

Prof. Sami Al-Arian, CIGA, IZU, Turkey.

 

Moderators:     

Dr. Asim Qureshi, CAGE, UK

Mr. Ahmed Bedier, United Voices of America, USA

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