Itrath Syed: Gendered Islamophobia and Muslim Women’s Resistance

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Itrath Syed
Samaah Jaffer
Muslim Women
Iqra Khalid
SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement
higher education
canadian politics

The debate surrounding MP Iqra Khalid’s parliamentary motion [M-103] to condemn Islamophobia unearthed much of the latent Islamophobia in Canadian political discourse. While the MP herself was subject to vitriolic hate mail, there were also a range of questions surrounding the definition of the term and confusion about the lived experience of those subject to this form of racism. In this talk, Itrath Syed will discuss the ways in which Islamophobia has historically functioned in Canada and, in particular, how Muslim women become the targets of this discourse as both a threat to be feared and as an infantilized object to be rescued. She will also explore the ways in which Muslim women continue to resist being limited by these categories.

Post-lecture dialogue is moderated by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement's Samaah Jaffer.


Recording of talk by PhD Candidate at the School of Communication at SFU Itrath Syed whose research involves an analysis of the ideological history of Islamophobia in Canada.

Itrath Syed is a PhD Candidate at the School of Communication at SFU where her research involves an analysis of the ideological history of Islamophobia in Canada. Her MA in Gender Studies (UBC) explored the gendered and racialized construction of the Muslim community in the media discourse surrounding the Islamic Arbitration or “Shariah” debate in Ontario. She is an Instructor at the School of Communication at SFU, in Women’s Studies at Langara College, and in Asian Studies at Kwantlen University. Itrath has a history of activism against war and occupation, and against the racial profiling of the Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities in Canada.

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