21 May 2024

Five Questions on Anti-Arab Racism During Gaza War

In Episode 14 of “Unpacking Islamophobia,” our guest is Abed Ayoub, national executive director of the American Arab Anti -Discrimination Committee (ADC), the country's largest Arab American civil rights organization based in Washington DC. Throughout his career, Ayoub has worked to address issues impacting Arabs and Muslims in the United States, including matters related to discrimination, immigration, hate crimes, surveillance and profiling. read the complete article

30 Apr 2024

Five Questions on Islamophobia in the UK with Peter Oborne

Episode 13 of “Unpacking Islamophobia,” our guest is British journalist and broadcaster Peter Oborne who once served as the former chief political commentator for The Daily Telegraph newspaper. He is author of The Rise of Political Lying, The Triumph of the Political Class, and The Assault on Truth: Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and the Emergence of a New Moral Barbarism. His latest book, The Fate of Abraham: Why the West is Wrong about Islam examines the interactions between the West and Islam.   read the complete article

25 Apr 2024 | Educational

The Legacy of John Esposito

The Alwaleed Center for Muslim–Christian Understanding (ACMCU) Honors the Life, Career, and Legacy of ACMCU Founding Director and Distinguished University Professor John L. Esposito. Dr. Esposito is also the Director of The Bridge Initiative. This video was co-produced and narrated by John's wife Jean Esposito and features archival images and footage from several sources familiar with the Professor's life and work. read the complete article

13 Mar 2024

Five Questions on Islamophobia in Gaza Report

In Episode 12 of “Unpacking Islamophobia,” our guests for the March 2024 episode are Professor Sahar Aziz and Mitchell Plitnick who are co-authors of a November 2023 Rutgers University report from the Center for Security, Race and Rights called “Presumptively Antisemitic: Islamophobic Tropes in the Palestine-Israel Discourse,” which examines how anti-Palestinian racism and Islamophobia have been used to silence criticism of the Israeli government. read the complete article

07 Feb 2024

Five Questions on Hijab Bans in Global Sports

In Episode 11 of “Unpacking Islamophobia,” our guest is Shireen Ahmed who is an award-winning sports activist, multi-platform sports journalist, and public speaker. Her work focuses on Muslim women, and the intersections of racism and misogyny in sports. Shireen is a co-host for the Burn It All Down Podcast and she is also a senior contributor for CBC Sports in Canada, as well as an instructor at Toronto Metropolitan University. read the complete article

11 Dec 2023

Five Questions on Islamophobia in France

In Episode 10 of “Unpacking Islamophobia,” our guest is Rim-Sarah Alouane who is a French legal scholar and PhD candidate named one of the 2023 European Young Leaders Under 40 by the Friends of Europe and whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, BBC and France 24. read the complete article

06 Dec 2023 | Event

Report Launch: Hindutva in Britain

Join The Bridge Initiative and Community Policy Forum as we launch a new report examining the presence of Hindu nationalism in the UK, and how last year’s events in Leicester were used by anti-Muslim voices to sow division in one of the UK’s most multicultural cities. read the complete article

11 Apr 2023

Five Questions on China’s Genocide of Uyghur Muslims

Nury Turkel is a Uyghur Muslim attorney who currently serves as Chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) after being appointed by U.S. Congressional House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in May 2020. He has testified before the US Congress, speaking about Uyghur Muslim internment camps, and advocating a legislative response to China’s atrocities. His policy recommendations have been incorporated into US law and pending bills relating to Uyghurs and China. read the complete article