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Workshop W2: Processing Islamophobia
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
Oakland, CA
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Workshop W2: Processing Islamophobia
Workshop Code: W2
Workshop Title: Processing Islamophobia

This workshop is for anyone interested in writing about and discussing Islamophobia. This includes men and women, young and old, persons who have experienced this and persons who have not, people of all faiths and nationalities.  The workshop will begin with a short introductory session in which participants discuss what Islamophobia is, as it occurs in the media and elsewhere. Next they will write down some of their feelings and/or thoughts on the topic, including (but not limited to): their perceptions of the US media, their own experiences with hatred or fear of Islam, ways they handle Islamophobia when it arises  both with regard to others and inside themselves, and ways the US might be influenced to become more tolerant and accepting of Muslims, at home and abroad. Writings will then be shared and discussed. Workshop participants will hopefully emerge more aware of Islamophobia and the role of the media in creating it, more conscious of their own feelings and ways of handling it, and more likely to deal with it effectively when they encounter it, whether in themselves or in other people.

Instructor: Chivvis Moore
Ticket Price: $5 online / $10 at the door
Date: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Time: 10:30 AM  12:30 PM (2 hours)

Materials provided by Zawaya: none

Materials you need to bring: pen and notebook/paper

Recommended Reading:
Ali, Tariq. Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads, and Modernities. 2006. London: Verso.
. The Islam Quintet: Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree (1992), The Book of Saladin (1998), The Stone Woman (1999), A Sultan in Palermo (2006), Night of the Golden Butterfly (2010).
Atwan, Abdel Bari. The Secret History of al-Qa'ida. 2006. London: Saqi.
Eggers, Dave. Zeitoun. 2009. New York: Vintage.
Maalouf, Amin. The Crusades Through Arab Eyes. Translated by Jon Rothschild. 1984. London: Al Saqi Books.
Ramadan, Tariq. Islam and the Arab Awakening. 2012. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
Said, Edward. Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World. 1997. London: Random House.
Soueif, Ahdaf. Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground. 2004. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.
Wadud, Amina. Inside the Gender Jihad. Oxford, England: Oneworld Publications.
Wadud, Amina. Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective. 1999. New York: Oxford University Press.

About the Instructor: Chivvis Moore lived in the Middle East for 17 of her adult years, including 2 in Syria, 3 in Egypt, 11 in Palestine, and a single year in Israel, where she worked with both Arab and Jewish students. An Arabic speaker, she teaches both English and the information needed to pass the citizenship exam to Arab and Muslim men and women immigrants living in the Tenderloin. She has worked as a journalist and taught college courses on civil rights and the media.


This workshop is but one of 34 workshops that are part of a larger event called "Doorway to Islamic Civilization:  Hands-On Workshops on Islamic Art & Culture".  To see the complete list of workshops offered, please visit:  www.zawaya.org


Islamic civilization boasts an intellectual, artistic, and cultural heritage that spans continents and centuries.   The gradations of shape, color, taste, texture, and sound that exist within and between Muslim peoples and cultures are as rich and diverse as their ideas and attitudes, as well as their languages, races, and ethnicities.  Out of this fertile and potent mix of elements emerged artforms and practices that can enrich and beautify our lives.

Zawaya thus launches an original event:  "Doorway to Islamic Civilization", a weekend collection of hands-on workshops on Islamic art and culture set against the current social backdrop of Islamophobia.  These workshops are meant to give those interested the opportunity to get to know Islam and Muslims by providing a safe space within which to explore and experience the Islamic sense of beauty embodied in art, crafts, music, architecture, and more.  In addition to the workshops, there will be a film showing of "Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World" followed by a panel discussion between the filmmaker, Michael Wolfe, and Islamic art and architecture experts.  The Mevlevi Order of America will also be present to offer a Dhikr (a devotional act) by Mevlevi musicians and dervish turners.

This event is co-sponsored by The Afghan Coalition, The Arab Cultural and Community Center of San Francisco (ACCC), Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), Aslan Media, The Center for Islamic Studies at GTU in Berkeley,  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (CLUE CA), Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), Islamic Network Group (ING), and Ziya Art Studio.


Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (View)
1433 Madison St.
Oakland, CA 94612
United States


Arts > Literary
Education > Workshops
Other > Spiritual

Minimum Age: 17
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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