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Islamophobia Awareness Month at NTU

Islamophobia Awareness Month highlights the threat of Islamophobic hate crimes and showcases the positive contributions of British Muslims to society.

Join NTU and the NTSU for Islamophobia Awareness Month (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

There is a varied programme of events for students and colleagues to mark Islamaphobia Month 2022.

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.

1 - 6 November

Causes and Cures of Islamophobia – followed by a Q&A

Wednesday 2 November, 6 pm to 7.15 pm , Online

To explore the existence of Islamophobia in British Society, the causes and triggers, how we can recognise it, how it impacts the daily lives of British Muslims and how we can work to tackle and overcome the different forms of Islamophobia that exist within spaces within society.

Hosted by Angela Brown (Executive Dean, School of Arts and Humanities, NTU) who will be joined by Abdullah Saif of MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development).


Islamophobia Exhibition, developed by MEND

Wednesday 2 November - Friday 4 November (all day), Newton Building, City Campus.

To showcase the contributions of everyday Muslims to the UK as well as highlighting the true scale of Islamophobia across society.

The online version of the exhibition may be accessed at any time.

W/C 7 November

NTU Islamic Society - Global Lounge drop-in event 

9 November 2022, 12 - 2 pm, Global Lounge, City Campus

Join the ISOC society to join the discussion on Islamophobia and how, collectively, as students and staff, we can raise awareness and tackle Islamophobia on campus and in the wider community.

Please note: This event is open to NTU students and staff only.

W/C 14 November

Gendered Islamophobia towards veiled and secular Muslim women

Wednesday 16 November 12 pm to 1 pm, Online

Join Dr Irene Zempi and Dr Hind Elhinnawy for a critical discussion of the nature and scope of Islamophobia towards veiled and secular Muslim women.

Please note: This event is open to NTU students and staff only.

W/C 21 November

Postcolonial approaches to Islamophobia: An Interdisciplinary seminar exploring critical and creative approaches at NTU

Tuesday 22 November 2022, 1 pm to 2 pm, Online

Students Ramisha Rafique and Noor Ali will be discussing their current research projects during this seminar. This will consist of two 15-20 minute presentations, followed by a Q & A.


NTU Libraries - exhibition from islamophobia-awareness.org

Wednesday 23 - Friday 25 November 2022, Clifton Campus, Library

NTU Libraries will be hiring an exhibition from www.islamophobia-awareness.org showcasing the positive contributions of Muslims in the UK and the issue of Islamophobia in aspects of society. The exhibition will run for three days in the entrance of Clifton Campus Library.


Is it safe to come out yet? Experiences of conversion among those who convert to Islam

Wednesday 23 November 2022, 3 - 4 pm, Online

Why do some people turn to a different religious faith or spiritual tradition, and how best can these people be supported?

In this presentation, Dr Glenn Williams(Principal Lecturer, School of Social Sciences) will share insights from a range of studies into those who convert to different faiths, and he will focus more specifically on those who convert to Islam.

Please note: This event is open to NTU students and staff only.


A conversation on… the experience of Muslim students on campus

Thursday 24 November 2022, 5 pm to 6.30pm, NTSU, The Level, City Campus

Student-led event to discuss the experiences of Muslim students at NTU and to recognise and celebrate their contribution.  The discussion will also explore the importance of the theme for the 2022 Islamophobia Awareness Month #TacklingDenial

Please note: This event is open to NTU students and staff only.

W/C 28 November

Supporting those who experience hate and fear

Tuesday 29 November 2022, 12 -2 pm, NTU Global Lounge, City Campus

Join the University Chaplaincy and Well-being teams to explore how to talk safely and openly about mental health and to find ways to combat the emotional impacts of faith hate crimes.

Book Club - A journey into the heart of Islam: Sufism

Tuesday 29 November 2022, 5 - 6.30 pm, Online

Delivered by Dr Glenn Williams, (Principal Lecturer, School of Social Sciences) and Ramisha Rafique (PhD candidate, School of Arts and Humanities, this session will involve an introduction to Sufism and discussion of the text.

Use the hashtag #IAM2022 to join the national conversation during Islamophobia Awareness Month 2022.You can visit the Islamophobia Awareness Month website for more information about this initiative.