Systemic Islamophobia Research Lab (SIRL)

Brief Description

The Systemic Islamophobia Research Lab (SIRL) is devoted to producing high-quality research on systemic Islamophobia enabled by the federal, provincial, and municipal levels of government.

The Issue

Systemic islamophobia as enabled by government practices significantly affects many across Canada. But the bureaucratic dynamics that clothe systemic islamophobia as ordinary - if not respectable - policy remains understudied in Canada.

The Project Objective

A sustained research lab on systemic Islamophobia in Canada will examine various sites of systemic islamophobia in government policies and practices. The lab will publish its findings through open-access platforms to enable a more informed Canadian citizenry.

Project Leads

  • Anver Emon
  • Fahad Ahmad
  • Michael Nesbitt


The IIS is currently developing this project for a 2023 launch in tandem with the publication of an edited collection entitled "Systemic Islamophobia in Canada: A Research Agenda".