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Islamophobia Awareness Month at NTU

Two students sat side by side, one is a white man and one is a woman wearing a hijab.

Join the School of Arts and Humanities School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, School of Social Sciences, NTU Faith and the NTSU for Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM). We have a programme of events throughout November in support and recognition IAM. We’ll challenge stereotypes and help you understand the discrimination faced by Muslims. We'll celebrate Islam and the contribution of our Muslim community.

IAM was co-founded in 2012 by Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND) and other British organisations. It takes place every November in the UK. It aims to:

  • deconstruct and challenge the stereotypes about Islam and Muslims
  • highlight and celebrate the positive contributions that British Muslims make to our society.

Events and activities

We're pleased to offer a varied programme of events for students and colleagues. It includes external speakers as well as our own students and colleagues. We intend the programme to:

  • bring an awareness of Islamophobia and its impact on members of the Muslim community
  • dispel the one-sided views that can emerge
  • celebrate Islam and the contributions of Muslims in the UK.

Find out more about each event below.

Causes and cures of Islamophobia 

Date: 3 November, 6 pm to 7.15 pm
Venue: Online
Speaker: Amirah Mulla, MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development) representative; hosted by Dr Irene Zempi (Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, NTU)
Audience: NTU colleagues and students
How to join: Join via Microsoft Teams

This event will explore:

  • the existence of Islamophobia in British society
  • what causes and triggers it
  • how we can recognise it
  • how it impacts the daily lives of British Muslims
  • how we can work to tackle and overcome the different forms of Islamophobia that exist in society.

Islamophobia exhibition (developed by MEND)

Date: 8 to 12 November, all day
Venue: Newton building, with an online version available
Audience: NTU colleagues, students and visitors
How to join: Drop in or view online

This event will showcase the contributions of everyday Muslims to the UK. It will also highlight the true scale of Islamophobia across society.

Gendered Islamophobia

Date: 10 November, 6 pm to 7.15 pm
Venue: Online
Speaker: Robina Ruby Begum, hosted by Annelise Edwards-Daem (postgraduate research student, School of Arts and Humanities, NTU)
Audience: NTU colleagues and students
How to join: Join via Microsoft Teams.

This event explores the effects of Islamophobia on Muslim women throughout their lives. It'll look at the impact of Islamophobia on their educational and career development. There will be a wide-ranging discussion on:

  • the interconnectedness of gendered and structural forms of Islamophobia, and
  • how we as a community at NTU can work on overcoming these at the level of both colleagues and students.

The final section of the session will be a Q&A.

What does it mean to be a Muslim in the UK today?

NTU Faith will be holding a series of facilitated discussions hosted by:

  • student Faith Ambassadors, and
  • Muslim community representatives.

These facilitated discussions will cover:

  • the values of being a Muslim in British society
  • why adherence to Islamic faith is important to Muslims
  • dealing with Islamophobia, which is a hate crime
  • celebrating the contribution of Muslims to the UK and beyond.

Find out when this discussion will be happening on each campus below.

DateTimeLocationHow to join
16 November12 pm to 2 pmBrackenhurst Campus, Room BRMTG9Drop in
17 November12 pm to 2 pmMansfield Campus, Room MUC002Drop in
23 November2 pm to 4 pmClifton Campus Wellbeing Room  Drop in
25 November2.30pm - 3.30pmCity Campus, Global LoungeDrop in

Islamophobia 'Rooted in Racism'

Date: 17 November, 4.30 pm to 6 pm
Venue: Online

  • Ahmed Peerbhai, Head of Community Cohesion at the Green Academy Trust in Nottingham
  • Shoana Qureshi-Khan, NTU alumna, Deputy Director of Himmah, a Nottingham BAME-led charity
  • Zaynub Asghar, Coordinator, Nottingham Muslim Women's Network
  • Shazia Nazir, Engagement and Membership Manager at Self Help UK
  • Hosted by Zena Rashid (Educational Developer, School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment, NTU)

Audience: NTU colleagues and students
How to join: Join via Microsoft Teams

This event explores the context of Islamophobia in the UK. It will share:

  • the lived experiences of British Muslims, and
  • the impact of education on their lives.

Arabic calligraphy — a visual experience with Ismail Hussayn

Date: 24 November, 6 pm to 7.15pm
Venue: Online
Speaker: Ismail Hussayn, calligraphy artist
Audience: NTU colleagues and students
How to join: Join via Microsoft Teams

This visual experience session is an opportunity to watch Ismail produce a work. Ismail will talk through the various stages, including how to write in Arabic. He will also discuss his experiences as an artist.

Although this is a visual experience, Ismail will show the audience:

  • the step-by-step stages of producing calligraphy, and
  • how to create letters.

There will be time for questions during the final section of the session. Ismail will also be happy to talk to the audience about calligraphy in general.

A conversation on the experience of Muslim students on campus

Date: 29 November, 5 pm to 6.30 pm
Venue: NTSU, The Level, City Campus
Speaker: Student panel, chaired by Ramisha Rafique (postgraduate reserach student, School of Arts and Humanities, NTU)
Audience: NTU colleagues and students.
How to join: Drop in

This student-led event will discuss the experience of Muslim students at NTU. It will also:

  • recognise and celebrate their contribution
  • explore the importance of Islamophobia Awareness Month for the whole NTU community.

Guest speakers

Amirah Mulla (Causes and cures of Islamophobia — 3 November)

Amirah Mulla is the Deputy Head of Community Development and Engagement at MEND, an organisation that works to tackle Islamophobia. MEND works to increase awareness of Islamophobia in the UK through workshops, and through supporting changes to policies and practices that aim to bring about equality.

Robina Ruby Begum (Gendered Islamophobia — 10 November)

Rubina is a British Bangladeshi Muslim female teacher and social activist, who has dedicated her life to empowering individuals, communities and organisations to develop and implement authentic EDI practices, using evidence-based theory and educational methodology to demystify the nuances and fears around equality issues that we currently face.

Ruby has delivered effective programmes in the education, community and corporate spheres. She looks into the socio-psychological reasons why hatred and intolerance develop, what we can do to eradicate them, and how we can change the narrative to put the values and practice of equality, inclusion and diversity at the centre. She has worked in the further education (FE), higher education (HE) and the voluntary community social enterprise (VCSE) sectors. She has now launched Sensewise Consulting, an educational consultancy organisation priding itself on educating the masses using educational, communal and psychological strategies and theories to prevent the escalation of hatred and intolerance in all aspects of equality.

Shazia Nazir (Islamophobia ‘Rooted in Racism’ — 17 November)

Shazia Nazir is the Engagement and Membership Manager at Self Help UK, a charity that encourages, develops and provides peer support in the community. She has been a social activist for the past 15 years, and has worked with organisations to develop, review and embed their equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) policies. Shazia is a board member of a Birmingham-based charity developing interfaith relations, and is a committee member at Nottingham Stand Up To Racism.

Zaynub Asghar (Islamophobia ‘Rooted in Racism’ — 17 November)

Zaynub Asghar is the Coordinator at Nottingham Muslim Women's Network (NMWN). Zaynub is a community activist and an experienced part of the leadership team of NWMN. She brings an authentic voice of Muslim women from the community. Zaynub has a keen interest in spirituality and holistic wellbeing.

Shoana Qureshi-Khan (Islamophobia ‘Rooted in Racism’ — 17 November)

Shoana has been a part of the student body at Nottingham Trent University for the last two years, after receiving a scholarship for an MSc in psychology. She achieved this through her passion to introduce more preventive systems in addressing mental illness and risk-taking behaviour in young people, both locally and nationally, through talks and workshops. Her commitment and endeavour was to uplift marginalised communities, with particular interests in the effects of Islamophobia and racism on well-being.

Shoana has over 25 years of experience working with some of most vulnerable and marginalised groups in Britain. With an undergraduate degree in social policy, she spent years rehabilitating young offenders, then advocating and campaigning for the rights of those with mental health issues and with learning disabilities. Having recently graduated from NTU, she is currently the deputy director of Himmah, a local BAME-led charity that campaigns and tackles food poverty, discrimination and race inequality through cohesive community-based projects. Her drive and focus is using education as platform for instrumental change, by using progressive and well-informed initiatives.

Use the hashtag #IAM2021 to join the national conversation during Islamophobia Awareness Month 2021.You can visit the Islamophobia Awareness Month website for more information about this initiative.