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New podcasts with Baljit Nagra & Anver Emon discussing their latest books

New podcasts with Baljit Nagra & Anver Emon discussing their latest books

November 22, 2022

We recently published two new podcasts on the Reading Muslims project website. Both podcasts are hosted by Reading Muslims co-principal investigator, Youcef Soufi. In the first one, Baljit Nagra, Associate Professor at OttawaU’s Department of Criminology, discusses her book Securitized Citizens: Canadian Muslims Experiences of Race Relations and Identity Formation Post 9/11. Dr. Nagra discusses […]

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Muslims in Canada Archives project shared at CRRF’s panel on storytelling

Muslims in Canada Archives project shared at CRRF’s panel on storytelling

November 16, 2022

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) was proud to host a hybrid event in honour of Islamic History Month. “Storytelling is Our Superpower”. Anver Emon and Moska Rokay were part of the panel and discussed the role that the Muslims in Canada Archives project plays in enabling storyrelling. You can now watch the recording from […]

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Prof Emon Testimony at Senate of Canada

Prof Emon Testimony at Senate of Canada

July 12, 2022

On June 20th, 2022, Professor Anver Emon (Director, Institute of Islamic Studies) gave testimony to the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights on the topic if Islamophobia in Canada (link contains meeting minutes, transcript, and video). Professor Emon’s statement (click to read the full statement) shows how Islamophobia takes shape in the Federal Government’s bureaucratic workings across […]

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Learning Islamophobia: Prof Emon at SFU

Learning Islamophobia: Prof Emon at SFU

May 30, 2022

Recently Dr. Anver Emon, (Director of Institute of Islamic Studies ) visited Simon Fraser University to discuss the role of academia in countering the damaging legacy of stereotypes about Islam and Muslims. You can now watch a recording of the discussion between Dr. Emon and Dr. Amyn B. Sajoo as they discussed topics such as: […]

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Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) included in Federal Budget 2022

Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) included in Federal Budget 2022

April 7, 2022

The Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto, welcomes the inclusion in the proposed federal budget of the Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) project. We thank the Government of Canada for its support, and the strong advocates for MiCA in the Government, such as MP Arif Virani (Parkdale -High Park). We look forward to working closely and […]

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Untangling the “Systemic” Nature of Islamophobia

Untangling the “Systemic” Nature of Islamophobia

August 22, 2021

Last March, 2021, the Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS) was pleased to host the online platform for Under Layered Suspicion: A Review of CRA Audits of Muslim-led Charities. The report was the fruit of a collaborative research and engagement process led by Anver Emon, Director of the IIS, and Nadia Z. Hasan, Chief Operations Officer of the National […]

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Islam in the City: Crossroads

Islam in the City: Crossroads

August 19, 2021

The third volume of our student run publication, Islam in the City: Crossroads is out! The summer issue tells a myriad of stories, some personal — some borrowed. How does Vampire Weekend and Eid intersect? Where do the ethics of medical racism lie? How does the “modesty myth” impact the way assault and abuse is […]

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Reading Muslims: Reflections on #OurLondonFamily

Reading Muslims: Reflections on #OurLondonFamily

July 13, 2021

The IIS is deeply grateful to everyone who held space to process and grieve, in the wake of the tragic murders in London, ON last month. During that time, the Reading Muslims network compiled and posted a series of reflections in solidarity with #OurLondonFamily. The compilation is now made available as a publication below. We […]

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Acts of Erasure: the consequences of lethal policy, biases, and discrimination

Acts of Erasure: the consequences of lethal policy, biases, and discrimination

June 8, 2021

On the evening of June 6, 2021, 20-year old Nathanial Veltman decided to maim, murder, and erase from existence, a family of Muslims out on a daily walk, simply because they were Muslim.

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The Story of Our Stories – Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) Storytelling Circle

The Story of Our Stories – Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) Storytelling Circle

May 10, 2021

One of the many blessings of working as an archivist at MiCA is the chance to connect with a cornucopia of wonderful people that I may not have had the pleasure of meeting otherwise. Although we use different avenues to do our work, the brilliant ribbon that ties us all together is our shared passion, commitment, and drive to amplify the stories and lived experiences of Canadian Muslims […]

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Response to Federal Budget’s proposed Anti-Terrorist Financing measures

Response to Federal Budget’s proposed Anti-Terrorist Financing measures

April 29, 2021

On April 19, 2021 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrysta Freeland presented to Parliament the 2021 Federal Budget. Not surprisingly, the budget narrative is framed around the need to respond to COVID19 and overcome the economic recession it has caused across Canada. But while the budget presents a considered impetus to Canada in […]

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Report launch: on structural biases and prejudicial policies in CRA audits of Muslim-led charities

Report launch: on structural biases and prejudicial policies in CRA audits of Muslim-led charities

March 30, 2021

We at the IIS are proud to launch a new research report, in partnership with National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), called “Under Layered Suspicion: A Review of CRA Audits of Muslim-led Charities”. The report can be found at: layeredsuspicion.ca The report finds potential biases and prejudicial policies that influence the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) […]

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Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) project covered in Toronto Star

Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) project covered in Toronto Star

January 26, 2021

The Muslims in Canada Archive (MiCA) project was recently featured in the Toronto Star. Moska Rokay (Research Fellow and Project Coordinator for MiCA), and Anver Emon (Director, Institute of Islamic Studies) share insights about the origins of the project and how it fits into a broader societal shift in empowering community members to tell their […]

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Reading Muslims podcast with Juliette Galonnier: “France’s Fears over ‘Islamic Separatism’ and Academic Freedom”

Reading Muslims podcast with Juliette Galonnier: “France’s Fears over ‘Islamic Separatism’ and Academic Freedom”

November 17, 2020

On Oct 16th, a French schoolteacher in the suburbs of Paris named Samuel Paty was murdered by a Muslim man for showing his classroom caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. The aftermath has placed Islam and Muslims under scrutiny with the government claiming that “Islamist separatism” is challenging the Republic’s values and unity. In this podcast, […]

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Press Release: MiCA partners Memorial University and MANAL receive grant to archive Muslim lives in Newfoundland and Labrador

Press Release: MiCA partners Memorial University and MANAL receive grant to archive Muslim lives in Newfoundland and Labrador

August 5, 2020

MiCA partners Memorial University and Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (MANAL) have been awarded an SSHRC grant to launch the Muslim Narratives and Lives in Newfoundland and Labrador Community Project (MNL in NL Community Project). Lead by co-PIs Jennifer Selby and Ayse Sule Akinturk, the project will both locate and create archival materials to […]

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Press Release: SSHRC Partnership Grant for Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA)

Press Release: SSHRC Partnership Grant for Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA)

August 5, 2020

The IIS is pleased to announce that Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council has awarded a Partnership Development Grant to support the development and growth of the Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA). MiCA is a project of the IIS in partnership with a number of national and local archival institutions, such as the University […]

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On Anti-Black Violence & Racism in the US and Canada

On Anti-Black Violence & Racism in the US and Canada

June 4, 2020

To the IIS community of faculty, staff, students, and community partners I’ve had the pleasure to talk to many of you over the last few days, as we struggle individually and collectively in the wake of horrific police violence against Black Americans such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arberry, as well as the […]

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Press Release — On the Terror in New Zealand

Press Release — On the Terror in New Zealand

March 15, 2019

We are all saddened by the tragic terrorist acts in New Zealand directed at Muslims in prayer at their mosques. For Canadians, this heinous act hits especially hard, as we have only just commemorated on January 29th the Quebec City mosque massacre, in which 6 Canadian Muslims were killed while in prayer, by Canadian White-supremacist […]

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