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Muslims in the West

October 4, 2011

On September 23, 2011, scholars from across the country came together at Indiana University Bloomington to discuss the different approaches and methodologies used in the scholarship of Muslim minorities in Western Europe and North America.

The event—“Muslims in the U.S. & Europe: Islamophobia, integration, attitudes, and rights”—was partially sponsored by WEST and coordinated by WEST-associated faculty member Abdulkader Sinno, associate professor of political science and Middle Eastern studies.

Indiana University  published a news release on September 20 to advertise the conference, which was “the nation’s first-ever gathering of its kind,” according to coverage by the Indiana Daily Student.  Participants discussed a variety of issues related to Muslims in the West, including attitudes toward Muslims, processes of inclusion and exclusion, civil liberties, and terrorism.

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Associate Professor of Religion and Humanities at Reed College, was one of 10 presenters who spoke at "Muslims in the U.S. & Europe."


This conference was sponsored by the following Indiana University units:  Center for the Study of the Middle East, West European Studies Center, Department of Political Science, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Culture, Office of Women’s Affairs, and Office of the Vice President for International Affairs.

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