New Paper Examines Increasing Islamophobia in the Texas Public Sphere

[ 0 ] May 2, 2016

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary via INSTITUTE FOR DIVERSITY AND CIVIC LIFE  on MAY 2, 2016: 

The Institute for Diversity and Civic Life (IDCL) published a white paper last month entitled “Islamophobia in the Texas Public Sphere.” Texas is home to the largest Muslim population of any state in the country.

Produced by Tiffany Puett, Simran Jeet Singh, Martha Smith Roberts, and Katherine E. Sánchez, the paper was developed following a rise in incidents of Islamophobia in Texas in the past year.  It draws primarily from media reports, social media posts, and government documents from 2011 – 2016.

The paper was presented on April 28 at an IDCL and University of Texas at Austin Department of Religious Studies forum “on the political and social climate of xenophobia and anti-Muslim discrimination in Texas.”

At the University of Texas forum, scholars and activists — including Denise Spellberg, UT Department of History; Jennifer Graber, UT Department of Religious Studies; Habiba Noor, Trinity University Department of Religion; Snehal Shingavi, UT Department of English; Muna Hussaini, Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at PayPal, Austin/Travis County Hate Crimes Taskforce; Tiffany Puett, Institute for Diversity and Civic Life; and Amanda Quraishi, Institute for Diversity and Civic Life — shared their research and experiences.

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The Institute for Diversity and Civic Life is a non-partisan, non-profit educational organization based in Texas with a mission to foster religious and cultural literacy through research, professional development, and community education and to build a more inclusive public sphere. 

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