The European Islamophobia Report (EIR) is an annual report, which has been published since 2015. 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 (March 21), the EIR is published online and in print and disseminated among leading stakeholders, politicians, NGOs, and anti-racist organizations. The EIR is presented at several supranational institutions such as the OSCE ODIHR, the European Parliament, and other important international and national institutions. One or more persons can author a report of his/her country of expertise. The executive office will disseminate the reports among key policy-makers, journalists and NGO activists on the local, national, and European level.
The structure for a country report has to contain the following chapters:
The Executive Summary must contain the most important figures and statistics available on anti-Muslim hate crime, refer to the most important events in regard to legislation, political and public debates and incidents that have occurred and may not have garnered the attention of the broader public. The Executive Summary should give good insight into the state of Islamophobia and consist of maximum 300 words.
In this section, the author(s) should reveal the numbers of documented anti-Muslim hate crimes based on the statistics that are available by governmental and non-governmental institutions. The author(s) should collect data from local and federal institutions to provide the most comprehensive picture possible. Exemplary cases should be revealed with pictures available (graffiti, demolished structures, etc.).
Here, the author(s) should ask for data from state equality bodies as well as NGOs and ideally conduct group interviews with Muslims discriminated in the job market as to give voice to the excluded and marginalized.
The author(s) should investigate the production of new education material in compulsory education, especially in textbooks of history, religion, and English to see, how Islam/Muslims are portrayed.
The author(s) should analyze material produced by political parties such as election campaigns, political programs, but also discuss personal utterings, etc. by individual politicians, that discuss ‘Islam’/’Muslims.’ Why have politicians used Islamophobic discourses? From which other policies of government would they distract the people? What are the implications of their claims? Who challenged the Islamophobic discourse?
Which media events have focused on ‘Islam’/‘Muslims’ in an Islamophobic way? Which journalists are regularly reproducing Islamophobic stereotypes? Which journalists are challenging anti-Muslim racism? Which media outlets are regularly reproducing Islamophobic stereotypes and which are presenting a fact-bound coverage?
Have there been any laws and regulations supported with Islamophobic arguments or any laws restricting the rights of Muslims in their religious lifestyle? Has legislation been legitimized by referring to Islamophobic narratives? If yes, who were the main driving actors and the main opponents, and why?
Which webpages and initiatives are regularly spreading Islamophobic stereotypes? Are they surveilled by the state’s security agencies? Are they informing the wider public by being quoted and their stories being shared? Are certain politicians sharing this content?
Which institutions and persons have fostered Islamophobic campaigns, stirred up debates, lobbied for laws, etc. A special focus should be put on think tanks, NGOs, and people who connect these organizations with state institutions. How are these initiatives financed? Who are these networks targeting and harming?
Here, we want to know, which initiatives are to be taken as best practice examples of how to combat anti-Muslim racism. The author(s) should refer to initiatives on the local and federal level to show others what can be done to not stay silent about anti-Muslim racism and how to effectively combat Islamophobia.
Please conclude your report in one paragraph and list a number of recommendations for NGOs and state institutions regarding how to tackle anti-Muslim racism on the local and federal level.
Please list important Islamophobic incidents (also in terms of combatting Islamophobia) as follows: Month, Day, Incident.
Note: It is recommended to collect information by critically analyzing media reports, contacting offices and NGOs who combat discrimination, conducting expert interviews with leading scholars, policy-makers in the field, and the Muslim community.
The Structure of the Report
Language: English (Executive Summary in both the native language and English)
Dissemination: Reports will be available in hard copy and accessible online via www.islamophobiaeurope.com.
We are still looking for authors for the following countries:
Long report (6,000 words): Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland.
Short report (3,000 words): Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Portugal, Slovakia, Southern Cyprus, Ukraine.
€1,000 for long reports
€500 for short reports
Application should include:
September 15, 2018: Deadline for applications
December 10, 2018: Deadline for country reports
January 10, 2019: Feedback from editos to authors
February 1, 2019: Final draft for country reports
March 21, 2019: Publication
About the editors
Dr. Enes Bayraklı
Enes Bayraklı earned his BA, MA and PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna, and conducted research for his PhD thesis at the University of Nottingham in the U.K. between 2009 and 2010. He took office as a deputy director at the Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Centre in London in 2011-2013. Bayraklı also served as the founding director of the Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Centres in Constanta and Bucharest during the period of August-December 2012. Bayraklı has been a faculty member in the Department of Political Science and program director of the European and International Affairs Master Program at the Turkish-German University since 2013. His fields of research include the transformation of Turkish foreign policy, cultural diplomacy, foreign policy analysis, German politics, and Islamophobia.
Dr. Farid Hafez
Farid Hafez is currently senior researcher at the Department of Political Science and Sociology, University of Salzburg and a senior researcher at Georgetown University’s The Bridge Initiative. He earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Vienna. In 2017, he was a Fulbright visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley and in 2014, he was a visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York. Since 2010 he has been the editor of the Islamophobia Studies Yearbook, and since 2016, the co-editor of the European Islamophobia Report. Hafez serves as an advisor and reviewer for a number of boards and journals. He has received the Bruno Kreisky Award for the political book of the year for his anthology Islamophobie in Österreich (Studienverlag, 2009) co-edited with John Bunzl. Currently, his research focuses on Muslim youth movements in Europe. Hafez has more than 80 publications and regularly publishes in leading journals and publishing houses.