2017/18 Humanities Research Fellow Proposal
Countering Islamophobia: Critical Feminist Interventions through Scholarship and Pedagogy
Khanum Shaikh, Ph.D.
I am currently collaborating with a group of 4 scholars from different UC campuses in Southern California who work on issues of gender and sexuality, Islam and Islamophobia, and transnational Muslim communities. The purpose of our group is two-fold: first, to generate a scholarly dialogue among feminist scholars around the centrality of gender in epistemologies of Islamophobia; second, to develop the outlines of a Critical Feminist Pedagogy that counters epistemologies of difference which are at the core of anti-Muslim rhetoric. This multidisciplinary impetus (Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies and Anthropology), that draws on various Muslim cultures (Malaysian, Pakistani, Iranian, Sudanese, and Egyptian) from across multicampus locations (UCLA, UCI, UCR, and CSUN) aims at producing theoretical and pragmatic interventions into Islamophobia, a public discourse that is of immediate concern in today's sociopolitical landscape.