Islamophobia or anti-Muslim racism poses a growing threat to the democratic foundations of European constitutions and social peace as well as the coexistence of different cultures throughout Europe. Both civil society actors and states should acknowledge the seriousness of this issue and develop concrete policies to counter Islamophobia.

As the leading think tank in Turkey, SETA felt an urgent need to address this problem. In fact, there are still people denying the very existence of racism against Muslims. Many state and civil society institutions, from the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) to the countless civil society organisations throughout Europe, have done priceless work to prove and establish the opposite. Yet, institutions like the FRA publish only irregular reports on a restricted number of countries while most civil society organisations tackle racism in general and only few focus on Islamophobia in particular -this is the urgent gap our report wishes to fill.

The European Islamophobia Report (EIR) is an annual report, which is presented for the first time this year (http://www.islamophobiaeurope.com/reports/2015/en/EIR_2015.pdf). It currently comprises 25 national reports regarding each state and the tendencies of Islamophobia in each respective country. The current report features the work of 37 extraordinary scholars. This report aims to enable policymakers as well as the public to discuss the issue of Islamophobia with the help of qualitative data. At the same time, several of its unique characteristic features make a difference to the current state of the debate on Islamophobia. Studies on Islamophobia have in the past predominantly concentrated on Western Europe. This is especially the case with reports focusing on Islamophobia. The EIR is the first to cover a wide range of Eastern European countries like Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania and Latvia. This will enrich the debate on racism in general and Islamophobia in Europe in particular.

The EIR documents and analyzes trends in the spread of Islamophobia in various European nation states. Every year on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March), EIR will be published online and hardcopy and disseminated among leading stakeholders, politicians, NGO’s, and anti-racist organizations. The EIR is presented at the European Parliament and other important international and national institutions. One or more persons can author one report of his/her country of expertise. These reports will be also published online to be easily accessible. The full report will also be translated into Turkish. The executive office will disseminate the reports among key policy makers, journalists and NGO activists from the local, national and European level.

The structure for a national report has to contain the following chapters:

  1. Executive Summary in native language and in English
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Introduction
  4. Significant incidents and developments in the country during the period under review
  5. Discussion of Islamophobic incidents and discursive events in various fields:
  • Employment; have there been any discrimination in the job market based on (assumed) Muslimness of a person?
  • Education; has Islamophobic content become part of any curricula, text books, or any other education material?
  • Politics; has Islamophobia played any role in politics (election campaigns, political programs, personal utterings, etc.) on a regional or national level?
  • Media; which media events have focused on Islam/Muslims in an Islamophobic way?
  • Justice System; have there been any laws and regulations argued with Islamophobic arguments or any laws restricting the rights of Muslims in their religious lifestyle?
  • Cyber-Space; which webpages and initiatives have spread Islamophobic stereotypes?
  • Central Figures in the Islamophobia Network; which institutions and persons have fostered Islamophobic campaigns, stirred up debates, lobbied for laws, etc.
  1. Observed civil society and political assessment and initiatives undertaken to counter Islamophobia in the idem fields
  2. Conclusion: Policy Recommendations for politics and NGO’s
  3. Chronology
  4. CV

It is recommended to collect information via (critically) analyzing media reports, contacting offices and NGO’s who combat discrimination, doing expert interviews with leading scholars and policy makers in the field.

Language: English (Abstract in the native language)

Dissemination: Reports will be accessible online via www.islamophobiaeurope.com. In addition, all reports will be translated into Turkish and published online and in print.

We are still looking for authors for the following countries:

Long report (6.000 words): France, Russia, Denmark

Short report (3.000 words): Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus (Northern and Southern), Estonia, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden

Professional fee:

–         1.000 € for a long report

–         500 € for a short report

Deadlines:

Call for Applications until: 10 July 2016

Application should entail:

  • CV
  • Expertise in the field of racism studies, including Islamophobia Studies (list of publications)
  • List of NGO’s in the country, with whom one would cooperate to get information on Islamophobic incidents on the ground
  • Send email to: islamophobia@setav.org
  • 4 December 2016: Deadline for single reports
  • 15 January 2017: Final Draft for single reports
  • 15 March 2017: Publication