Skip to main content

Rhetoric of Hate: Islamophobia

6/11/2020 5:30pm @Westminster Presbyterian Church
Social Share

It's Time to Act!™

Rhetoric of Hate: Islamophobia

This session discusses the history of Islamophobia in the American legal system and the racialization of Muslim identity. Current narrative typically discusses Islamophobia as a recent phenomenon that transpires at an interpersonal level. Professor Beydoun will lead us through historical policies that were federally institutionalized to exclude Muslim identity from society and deem it irreconcilable with American identity. This presentation will also examine the role liberals play in expanding Islamophobic rhetoric and policies.


  • Khaled Beydoun, law professor and author of the critically acclaimed book, American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear

About It's Time to Act!

It’s Time to Act! is a forum series that engages participants for deeper learning and action planning around issues of race, equity, identity and social justice.

The forums are a catalyst for changemaking, where attendees take a deep dive into issues affecting our community and are inspired to identify their own role and power to create change. Pairing lectures with intentional action planning, it is an opportunity for attendees to take the steps towards personal action and accountability to combat racism.

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020
  • Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm (program begins at 6:00 pm)
  • Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • Cost: $65 per session; $175 for the full series of three sessions (ticket price includes food and refreshments)


About the Speaker

Khaled Beydoun, law professor and author of the critically acclaimed book, American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear

Khaled A. Beydoun is a leading scholar on Islamophobia, the ‘War on Terror’ and Civil Rights. He serves as a Professor at the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) School of Law, and Senior Affiliated Faculty at the University of California-Berkeley Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project.

Professor Beydoun’s research examines the legal construction of Arab and Muslim American identity, Islamophobia, and the intersection of national security policy, civil liberties and citizenship. His scholarship has been featured in top law journals, including: the Columbia Law Review, the California Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, the Harvard Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review, and the Northwestern University Law Review. His critically acclaimed book, “American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear”, was published in 2018, by the University of California Press, and his co-edited volume, Islamophobia and the Law, will be published by Cambridge UniversityPress in 2019.

Complimenting his academic work and books, Professor Beydoun is an active public intellectual. In addition to his regular commentary in The Guardian and Al-Jazeera English, Professor Beydoun’s work has been featured in the The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Time, Salon and ESPN; and television and radio news programming including CNN, PBS, BBC, Fox, NBC and ABC News. In addition, Professor Beydoun has served as a consultant for the U.S. Census Bureau, the African American Policy Forum and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He is a regular lecturer at colleges and universities in the US, and beyond.

Professor Beydoun also serves on the U.S. Commission for Civil Rights, appointed to serve on the Michigan State Committee in 2017, and received a 2018 Equality Fellowship from the Open Society Foundation. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan; a Master’s in Law from the University of Toronto; and his Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law. Before academia, Professor Beydoun practiced in the areas of racial justice, criminal defense and international rule of law. He is a native of Detroit.