Helga Embacher

Antisemitsm in the context of Islamophobia: Jews and Muslims as "the others"

Antisemitism in Muslim communities is connected to Islamophobia and to global Muslim identities but very often hardly differs from traditional anti-Semitic stereotypes within the majority society. This project is providing new research results and a new approach to Antisemitism not only in Muslim communities. It offers comparisons among European countries (France, UK, Germany, Austria) and can be seen as a model for further research and political debates.

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Soukaina Aouaki

Migration, Islam, and The West

The aim of this paper is to deal with three major controversial concepts: Migration, Islam, and The West. In fact, European countries since years ago have witnessed waves of migration coming from different parts of the world especially immigrants from the Arab countries. The latter have brought with them a different culture and therefore a different religion, Islam. Indeed, there have been many questions raised as to what extent these migrants have succeeded in integrating themselves in their host countries and whether their actual presence may change the European lifestyle.

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Daniel Speer

oha online hass abbauen - virtuelle Trainings gegen Hass und Gewalt

The established face-to-face trainings are limited in various ways. A team of education experts explores web-based strategies, that need to be designed to facilitate the process of deradicalization and creates an online training for exit work with right-wing extremist youth.

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BEMIS Scotland

How to Engage with Ethnic Minorities and Hard to Reach Groups. Guidelines for Practitioners

The issue of cultural awareness adds to the complexity of the issue. It is important to acknowledge that what is considered appropriate behaviour in one culture it may not be appropriate in another. It is important to be aware of other peoples’ cultures and values, beliefs and perception. How do we see diversity and why do we react in a particular way towards different migrant groups? Misinterpretation occurs when we lack awareness and knowledge of other people’s cultures, diversity and behaviours, so it is important to engage with diverse communities to learn from each other and see things from other perspectives in order to develop culturally sensitive services across the board.

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Charlotte Vollaard

High School Intercultural Education Program

This program is an educational package offered to schools in order to discuss "othering", stereotyping, discrimination, diversity, identity and exclusionism in class. A pilot is currently being developed for Dutch and Palestinian schools.

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Hussain Othman

Islamophobia, the First Crusade and the Expansion of Christendom to Islamic World

The impact of the First Crusade proclaimed by Pope Urban II in 1095 during his sermon at Clermont, France goes beyond the historic fall of Jerusalem from Muslim hand to the Western Christians. It was the beginning of a systematic and thoughtful description of Islam and Muslim as the great enemy of Western Christendom. Through the description of the First Crusade, this paper is intended to show that it was the Pope who systematically sown the seeds of Islamophobia among Western Christians so that they will realise his vision of expanding his Imperial Christendom to the Islamic World.
Hussain Othman, University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia

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Pia Mikander

Othering and the construction of the West: The description of two historical events in Finnish school textbooks

The article uses discourse analysis theory to examine othering and the construction of the West in history textbook articulations using two events as cases. The Ancient Greek battle of Thermopylae is described as the first battle for Western values. 2500 years later, in the descriptions of the events of 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, there is a similar discursive approach to the war, defending Western values.

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Huang Yang

Orientalism in the Ancient World: Greek and Romans Images of the Orient from Homer to Virgil

This paper proposes a scheme for further research into the problem and attempts at an overview of Greek and Roman conceptions of the 'East' and the implications that such conceptions may have entailed both for the 'East' and for the 'West', in this case, ancient Greece and Rome.

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Glenn Greenwald

The Key War on Terror Propaganda Tool: Only Western Victims Are Acknowledged

American and Western victims of violence by Muslims are endlessly mourned, while Muslim victims of American and Western violence are completely disappeared. It creates the impression among Western populations that we are the victims but not the perpetrators of heinous violence, that terrorism is something done to us but that we never commit ourselves, that "primitive, radical and inhumanely violent" describes the enemy tribe but not our own.

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Karin Creutz-Kämppi

The Othering of Islam in a European Context Polarizing Discourses in Swedish-Language Dailies in Finland

The aim of this article is to discuss othering discourses on Islam in Swedish-language dailies in Finland on the basis of the debate following the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. These discourses build upon a broader tradition of othering and have a great deal in common with medieval representations, thus the othering of Islam in a historical perspective is also briefly discussed.

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Andrew Shryock

Islamophobia/Islamophilia: Beyond the Politics of Enemy and Friend

To the extent that Islamophobia shapes government policy in the U.S. and Europe, it poses a significant threat to the civil liberties of millions of Muslims who now live in Western countries. To exlor this issue in greater depth, U-M’s Islamic Studies Initiative has organized 2007 a conference entitled, "Islamophobia/Islamophilia: Beyond the Politics of Enemy and Friend." The following Article presents the main ideas that were discussed at the Conference.

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Matthew Philips

The Islamic State and the othering of Islam

Political leaders of pluralistic nations have been at pains to disassociate the Islamic State and radical extremism with moderate Islam. By their consistent use of specific religious terminology with minimal explanation and context the poor understanding of the role of Islam is exacerbated. So what exactly is a Sunni? A Shiite? An Alawite? A Caliphate? A Jihadist? It all starts to sound foreign. Alien. Other.

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Sabine Achour

Bürger muslimischen Glaubens. Politische Bildung im Kontext von Migration, Integration und Islam

The stability of a democratic system ultimately depends on the successful political integration of all of its future citizens, whether they are Muslim or not. The author consequently discusses a concept for civic education that is based on the recognition of Islam. Available only in German.

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No chance of belonging?

The lack of distinction between Islam as a religious model, and Muslim-influenced cultural and political practices leads to a misunderstanding, which textbooks of European countries strenghten by presenting "Islam" and "modern Europe" as mutually incompatible.

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Conference | 28-29 October | Brussels

NECE Conference 2021

Follow the hybrid NECE Conference 2021 "COMMITTED TO CHANGE! Reimagining the future of citizenship education in Europe" from 28–29 October 2021 in Brussels. Registration is open now!

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