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The last decades have witnessed a rise in anti-Muslim and anti-Islamic sentiments and practices across the world. This is sometimes expressed in traditional media and in social media and it sometimes takes the shape of discrimination and surveillance by authorities. Concerns over Islam and Muslim practices (like female veiling, halal slaughter, and public religiosity) have become a prominent feature of public debate in Europe and North America. Importantly, however, Islamophobia is not confined to the ‘West’. On the contrary, anti-Muslim sentiments are high in other parts of the world as well, for instance in Hindu and Buddhist societies in Asia. In existing research, the global and transnational aspects of Islamophobia have received too little scholarly attention, and are mostly treated as parallel, local phenomena. However, Islamophobia travels across borders and between contexts in various ways.
The research project INTERSECT was started in September 2019 in order to gain new knowledge about global and transnational dimensions of Islamophobia. The conference 21 and 22 June 2023 marks the end of this large project. The aim is to take stock of current research about global and transnational perspectives dimensions of Islamophobia and point the way forward for new research.
We therefore invite abstracts from researchers across the world working on these issues in various academic disciplines.