Besnik Sinani – Albania

Besnik Sinani is a PhD fellow at Free University of Berlin, Germany. His project explores modern constructions of Islamic religious orthodoxy, as well as religion, society, and politics in contemporary Saudi Arabia. He holds an MA in Near East Studies from New York University, where he wrote his thesis on the transformation and transportation of religious ideas by focusing on Albanian imams educated in Saudi Arabia. He is contributing author of Applying Sharia in the West: Facts, Fears, and the Future of Islamic Rules on Family in the West (2013) published by Leiden University Press. Since 2009, he has written for various publications in Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo on religion and secularism, religious extremism, and Islamophobia. E-mail:

Farid Hafez – Austria

Farid Hafez is currently Fulbright–Botstiber Visiting Professor of Austrian-American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Sociology and Political Science at the University of Salzburg. Hafez earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Vienna and has been teaching at numerous universities across the world. He has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University. Hafez is the founding editor of the German-English Islamophobia Studies Yearbook ( He was awarded the Bruno Kreisky Award for the political book of 2009 for his German anthology Islamophobia in Austria, which he co-edited with Prof. John Bunzl. He has published more than 10 books and 40 articles. His articles have appeared in high-ranking journals such as Patterns of Prejudice, Austrian Journal of Political Science, Discourse and Society, German Politics and Society, Islamophobia Studies Journal, Journal of Black Studies, and many others. E-mail:

Amina Easat-Daas – Belgium

Amina Easat-Daas earned her PhD from Aston University, Birmingham, UK. Her doctoral research focused on the nature of Muslim women’s political participation in France and Belgium, with specific emphasis on the motivations, opportunities and barriers to their political careers. Amina is currently based at the University of Leeds and is working on a project in the department of sociology and social policy funded by the European Commission. The project aims to counter Islamophobia across Europe through the development of best practice. Amina’s research interests include the study of ‘European Islam’, and also the study of the gendered nature of Islamophobia. She has given interviews related to her research on the BBC and has presented her work in the European Parliament. Some of Amina’s forthcoming research publications include Easat-Daas, A. 2017, “Gender and Islamophobia in Belgium”, in Awan, I. and Zempi, I. (eds) Key Readings in Islamophobia. Oxford: Oxford University Press. E-mail:

Hikmet Karčić – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Hikmet Karčić is a researcher at the Institute for Islamic Tradition of Bosniaks. Since 2014, he is a PhD candidate at the International University of Sarajevo; his thesis is entitled “Detention Camps as a Tool for Ethno-religious Cleansing of NonSerbs in Bosnia and Herzegovina 1992-1995”. He graduated from the Law Faculty in Sarajevo in 2010. In 2012, he successfully defended his MA thesis entitled “The Importance and Role of Appeals in Front of the Human Rights Chamber in the Search for Missing Persons in B&H 1996-2003” at the same faculty. In the past, he worked at the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Centre for Advanced Studies and was the project coordinator for “Mapping of Detention Camps in Bosnia and Herzegovina 1992-1995” at the Association TPOS. He is the author of “An Appeal for Truth” (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, 2013) and editor of “Remembering the Bosnian Genocide: Justice, Memory and Denial” (Institute for Islamic Tradition of Bosniaks, 2016). He also compiled and translated Muslim World: Population and Religiosity (“Muslimanski svijet: populacija i religioznost”, Centar za napredne studije, 2013) and Balkan Wars 1912-1913: Death and Forced Exile of Ottoman Muslims (Balkanski ratovi 1912-1913: Smrt i prisilno prognonstvo osmanskih muslimana, Institut za istraživanje zločina protiv čovječnosti i međunarodnog prava, 2012). He is the author of several research articles related to war crimes and memorialization, and has produced two documentaries related to the former.

Hayri A. Emin – Bulgaria

Hayri A. Emin is a PhD student in International Relations at the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences at “Trakya University” in Edirne, Turkey. He graduated with a Masters in International Political Relations and Security Studies from the Faculty of Philosophy at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria. His scientific interests include, among others, international relations, Balkan politics, security issues, Islamophobia, freedom of religion and belief, hate crime, civil society, and minority issues.

Dino Mujadžević – Croatia

Dino Mujadžević is a visiting researcher at Lancaster University (Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science) and a Humboldt postdoctoral researcher (Chair of History of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey at Ruhr University Bochum). In 2000, he graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, Croatia with degrees in History and Turkology. He was employed at the Lexicographic Institute in Zagreb (2002-2007) and the Croatian Institute for History (2008-13) as a research assistant. He obtained his PhD from Zagreb University in 2010. His research focuses on history of the Ottoman Balkans, Socialist Yugoslavia, contemporary Islam in Croatia, and pro-Turkish activism in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mujadžević has published articles in Yearbook of Muslims in Europe, Journal of Muslims in Europe, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Südosteuropa and Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas. He is author of the monograph Bakarić (2011) and the edited volume Annotated Legal Documents on Islam in Europe: Croatia (ed., Brill 2015). His monograph Turkish Foreign Policy and Pro-Turkish Activism in Bosnia. Actors, Discourses and Textual Corpora (2002-2014) will be published in 2017 (Otto Harrassowitz). E-mail: Dino.

Selma Muhic Dizdarevic – Czech Republic

Selma Muhic Dizdarevic is an assistant professor at Charles University, Faculty of Humanities, where she currently chairs the Department of Civil Society Studies in Prague, Czech Republic. She was a Fulbright visiting scholar at UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare in California, United States. Her main research interests are non-profit organisations, immigration and integration policies, feminism, social exclusion and intersectionality. She holds a degree in public policy and political philosophy.

Linda Hyökki – Finland

Linda Hyökki is a PhD candidate at the Alliance of Civilizations Institute at the Fatih Sultan Mehmet University in Istanbul. She graduated from the Masters Programme “Language, Culture and Translation” from the University of Mainz, Germany. Linda Hyökki has worked as a freelance translator and is a certified teacher of German as a foreign language. Her postgraduate studies and research interests are focused on Muslims in European contexts, multiculturalism and plurality, identity formation, qualitative research methods and Islamophobia, particularly in Finland. Besides her native language, Finnish, Linda Hyökki speaks English, German, Swedish and Turkish, and reads French. E-mail:

Karin Creutz – Finland

Karin Creutz is a researcher at the Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism at the University of Helsinki, and a doctoral candidate in sociology. She has published various articles and reports on the topic of migration and integration, Islamophobia, extremism, media and nationalism. Creutz is a board member of Minority Rights Group Finland MRG, and a deputy board member of the Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU). She was awarded the Westermarck Award for her MA thesis on media coverage of Islam. Creutz teaches and supervises at the University of Helsinki and in various open universities; she is an active participant in public debates with more than 200 interviews for national media, and international television interviews for, among others, CNN, Al Jazeera, and TRT World. E-mail:

Yasser Louati – France

Yasser Louati is a French human rights activist who specialises on Islamophobia and national security policies. Until June 2016, he was the spokesperson for the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF) and head of its international relations desk. Before joining the CCIF, he was a grass-roots activist within the French Muslim community working on better political representation and active citizenry. He is now launching Justice & Libertés Pour Tous (Justice and Liberties For All) an NGO focusing on Islamophobia and violations of civil liberties. He is a regular contributor to various international news outlets including Al Jazeera, France 24 and CNN, on questions of French politics, French Muslims, Islamophobia and human rights violations. His writings are published by Al Jazeera, Alternet, Middle East Eye, Liberation and the University of Berkeley’s Islamophobia Studies Journal among others. Before his commitment to working on Islamophobia, he was an aviation consultant in the Middle East and Africa. He was educated at the University of Paris in English and Literature.

Aleksandra Lewicki – Germany

Aleksandra Lewicki is a political sociologist with a PhD from the University of Bristol. In 2016, she was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Freie Universität Berlin, where she is based at the Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies. Her research investigates cultural, economic and political asymmetries in post-migration societies, specifically focusing on the institutional reproduction of discrimination as well as on equality policies. She is further interested in the ways in which cultural racism, such as Islamophobia, is manifested in public institutions. Her work has appeared in highly ranked international academic journals including Ethnic and Racial Studies and Citizenship Studies. Lewicki is the author of the monographs Souveränität im Wandel (2005, Lit Verlag), and Social Justice through Citizenship? The Politics of Muslim Integration in Germany and Great Britain (2014, Palgrave Macmillan); the editor of several volumes and journal editions; and a member of the editorial teams of the academic journals Ethnicities (London) and Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen (Berlin). E-mail:

Alexandros Sakellariou – Greece

Alexandros Sakellariou is currently teaching sociology at the Hellenic Open University and is a postdoctoral researcher at Panteion University of Athens. He earned his PhD in Sociology from the Department of Sociology of Panteion University. Since 2011 he has worked as a researcher at Panteion University on EU projects on young people’s sociopolitical engagement (MYPLACE 2011-15), young people’s well-being (MYWEB 2014-16), and the evaluation of innovative social policies (INNOSI 2015-17). His scientific interests include, among others, politics and religion, religious communities in Greek society, religious freedom, religion and globalisation, youth activism and civic participation, and right-wing extremism. He is a member of the Network Against the Rar-right of the Athens Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Since 2015 he is a co-author of the national report on Islam in Greece in the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe (Brill) and the author of the Greek report on Islamophobia for the European Islamophobia Report (EIR) project. His recent publications include “Anti-Islamic public discourse in contemporary Greek society: The re-production of religious panic”, (Palgrave, 2015); “Singing for Race and Nation: Fascism and Racism in Greek Youth Music” (with A. Koronaiou and E. Lagos) (Lexington Books, 2015); “Golden Dawn, Austerity and Young People: The Rise of Fascist Extremism among Young People in Contemporary Greek Society” (with A. Koronaiou, E. Lagos, I. Chiotaki-Poulou & S.Kymionis) (Willey-Blackwell, 2015). Email: sociology.

Zsolt Sereghy – Hungary

Zsolt Sereghy is a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Political Science, Vienna University, Austria. His current research focuses on the nexus between Europe’s Muslim communities, migration, and political and media securitisation. He holds a Magister degree in Oriental Studies from Vienna University and a M.Litt. Degree in Middle Eastern and Central Asian Security Studies from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His research interests include the securitisation of Islam and Muslim migrant communities in Europe, as well as Middle East politics in general and Lebanese politics, educational policies and pop culture in particular. Sereghy has published a number of articles, most recently ‘Vienna Must Not Become Istanbul – The Securitization of Islam and Muslims in Austria’ (in Suleiman, Yasir (ed.), Muslims in the UK and Europe, Centre for Islamic Studies of the University of Cambridge, May 2014). Currently, he is a researcher at a Beirut-based Human Rights NGO. E-mail:

James Carr – Ireland

James Carr lectures in the Department of Sociology in the University of Limerick. In 2010, he was awarded a three-year scholarship for his doctoral studies from the Irish Research Council to engage in research into racism directed towards Muslim communities in Ireland at the University of Limerick. He is a well-known speaker on the topics of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism in Ireland. Building on previous scholarly and policy oriented publications, in 2016, James published his book Experiences of Islamophobia: Living with Racism in the Neoliberal Era (London and New York: Routledge) which focused on anti-Muslim racism in Ireland set to the international context. James has also recently undertaken and published research with the Immigrant Council of Ireland, supported by the Open Society Foundations, entitled ‘Islamophobia in Dublin: Experiences and how to respond’. He is a co-editor on the recently published collection of essays Public and Political Discourses of Migration, London: Rowman and Littlefield; and a contributor to the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe for Ireland for 2015 and 2016. E-mail:

Claudia Giacalone – Italy

Claudia Giacalone is an Italian refugee caseworker with experience in visa and immigration procedures, consultancy service and a specific focus on migrants’ rights. Having graduated from the University of Palermo (Italy) in Political Science and International Relations, she attended the Master’s Programme in Refugee Studies and Community Development at the University of East London (UK). From 2013 to 2015, she worked as an immigration advisor and cultural mediator in two Emergency Reception Centres for asylum seekers in Sicily and since 2016, she is a volunteer caseworker at the British Red Cross in London. In January 2016, she volunteered for a month in the refugee camp of Calais providing advice on asylum and immigration matters. In November 2016, she delivered the workshop “Current Migration Issues of Southern Europe” in Lamezia (Italy). Claudia Giacalone is a native Italian speaker. She is fluent in English and French and offers practical and emotional support to refugees and asylum seekers in all three languages. E-mail:

Anita Stasulane – Latvia

Anita Stasulane (1962), Professor of History of Religions, Director of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at Daugavpils University (DU), graduated from the University of Latvia (1985) and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy (1998). She has worked mainly on the new religious movements and youth culture; currently she is conducting research on religious fundamentalism and Islamophobia. She has expertise in qualitative research methods, including ethnographic research, and experience in working on international collaborative projects, including three EU Framework projects where she was appointed at the head of the DU team; namely Project No. 029013 of the VI Framework Programme “Society and Lifestyles: Towards Enhancing Social Harmonisation through Knowledge of Subcultural Communities” (2006-2008); Project No. 266831 of the VII Framework Programme “Memory, Youth, Political Legacy and Civic Engagement” (2011-2015); and Project No. 613368 of the VII Framework Programme “Measuring Youth Well-Being” (2014-2016). Anita Stasulane has extensive management experience, and since 2006, is the editor of Kultūras Studijas (Cultural Studies) issued by Daugavpils University.

Birutė Sabatauskaitė – Lithuania

Birutė Sabatauskaitė is director of the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights (LCHR), a lawyer and advocacy expert, and a human rights activist in the fields of equal opportunities, anti-racism, gender equality and LGBT rights. In 2010-2016, he wrote a series of shadow reports on racism and discrimination for the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) and was a board member of the ENAR. He has submitted shadow reports to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and written non-governmental submissions for the Universal Periodic Review in 2011 and 2016. E-mail:

Eglė Urbonaitė Tilindienė – Lithuania

Eglė Urbonaitė Tilindienė works for the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson (OEOO) and holds a LL.M. in International Law. Her special focus is ethnicity, freedom of religion, hate speech and equal rights campaigning. From 2011 to 2015, Eglė worked as a lawyer at the NGO Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights. During this time, she wrote shadow reports on racism and discrimination for the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) with a focus on Islamophobia, the labour market, hate crime and Afrophobia. In addition, she wrote a report on political hate speech during the last European Parliament elections (2014) and contributed to the European Islamophobia Report 2015. Currently Eglė is working in the field of equal opportunities integration and mainstreaming at the OEOO. E-mail:

Karolis Žibas – Lithuania

Karolis Žibas is a researcher at the Lithuanian Social Research Centre (Institute for Ethnic Studies) and at Vytautas Magnus University (Centre for Demographic Research). He is founder of the independent think tank Diversity Development Group, a sociologist, researcher and NGO activist in areas of human rights and migration, equal opportunities and migrant integration, and in the fight against human trafficking and other forms of exploitation. He holds a PhD in Sociology. E-mail:

Mitre Georgiev – Macedonia

Mitre Georgiev is a human rights advocate, lawyer and researcher born in Bitola, Macedonia. He holds a Bachelor of Law (LL.B) from the Iustinianus Primus Law Faculty, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia, and an Advanced Master (MA) of European Studies from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. He has worked for several civil society organisations in Macedonia, Croatia and abroad. His research interests include, among others, discrimination, human rights, migration, asylum, extradition, EU law and citizenship. E-mail:

Ineke van der Valk – Netherlands

Ineke van der Valk (Political Sciences, University of Amsterdam) specialises in the study of racism, Islamophobia, extremism, (de)radicalisation, ethnic relations and diversity in multicultural societies, and the history of immigrants in the Netherlands. She has published numerous articles and books on these issues. She holds degrees in Educational Studies and Ethnic Studies and a PhD in Discourse Studies from the University of Amsterdam. She obtained her doctorate on the interface between social sciences and discourse analysis with a comparative study of the perception of ethnic issues in the political discourse of the Netherlands and France, paying special attention to the extreme right. She participated in a joint research project of the University of Vienna and the University of Amsterdam on racism in European countries. She was a community worker and human rights activist in the 70s and 80s and worked as a policy advisor for institutions, municipalities and NGOs. Van der Valk currently works on Islamophobia and manages the project Monitor Islamophobia in the Netherlands at the University of Amsterdam. Her book ‘Islamofobie en discriminatie’ (Amsterdam University Press, 2012) was translated into English, French, German and Italian. Her last publications include Monitor Moslim Discriminatie, derde rapportage , University of Amsterdam 2017; Dutch Islamophobia (LIT-Verlag 2015); and ‘Racism, a Complex Human Rights Issue’, in B. Weston & A. Grear (eds.) Human Rights in the World Community: Issues and Action, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016.

Konrad Pędziwiatr, Poland

Konrad Pędziwiatr, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Department for European Studies, Cracow University of Economics. He is the author of the monographs The New Muslim Elites in European Cities (VDM Verlag, 2010), From Islam of Immigrants to Islam of Citizens: Muslims in the Countries of Western Europe (Nomos 2005, 2007), and Polish Migration Policy: In Search of a New Model (co-authored, UW 2015), as well as numerous other scientific publications on migrations and social movements in Europe and the Middle East, and on Islam and Muslims in Europe. Pędziwiatr is coordinator of the project ‘Islamism and Pluralism – The Islamist Movements in Egypt and Tunisia after the Arab Spring’ financed by the Polish National Science Centre.

Eva Kalny – Portugal

Eva Kalny is a cultural anthropologist and sociologist working at the Institute of Didactics of Democracy at the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany. She earned her PhD at the University of Vienna, Austria, and was awarded her habilitation at the University of Hannover. Her research interests comprise different aspects of human rights including anti-Muslim racism and women’s rights, gender studies and social movement theories. In addition to her academic work she is a long-standing human rights activist and experienced in refugee work. Her publications include “Against superciliousness. Revisiting the debate 60 years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” in Critique of Anthropology 29(9): 371-394, 2009; and “Anti-Muslim racism in comparison: potentials for countering Islamophobia in the classroom” in Islamophobia Studies Journal 3(2): 71-84, 2009. Email:

Renat Bekkin – Russia

Renat Bekkin holds a PhD in Economics. He received his doctoral degree in Economics from the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. His thesis analyses the Islamic economic model and financial institutions and their place in the world economy. Bekkin is the author of twelve monographs and more than sixty articles published in Russian and foreign peer-reviewed journals (including the monographs Insurance in Islamic Law: Theory and Practice (three editions: 2001, 2012, 2015); Islamic Economic Model Nowadays (three editions: 2008, 2009, 2010); Muslim Petersburg (2016). He was the founder and chief of the Islamic Studies Department at Kazan Federal University (2010-2015). In 2015, he founded and became editor-in-chief of the academic journal, the Kazan Islamic Review. In 2015, Bekkin was awarded the title “Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences” by the Russian Academy of Sciences. Now Professor Bekkin is a PhD candidate at Södertörn University (Sweden). His thesis investigates the Christian-Muslim relationships in Russia with a particular focus on the interaction between Christian and Muslim religious organisations. Email:

Bojan Perovic – Serbia

Bojan Perovic is a PhD researcher at the University of Hamburg, Faculty of Law. He received his BA in Law from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law and obtained his Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Sciences. Prior to joining the University of Hamburg he spent two years as a research assistant at the Institute of Social Sciences, Centre for Legal Researches in Belgrade. Perovic gained an extensive non-formal education and practice in fields closely related to human rights and humanitarian law through participation in numerous prestigious non-degree schools and voluntary work in various human rights and humanitarian non-governmental organisations (Royal Holloway University of London, Lund University, Regional Academy on the United Nations, University of Groningen, International School for Holocaust, Duke University, etc.). His latest academic conferences (2016) were at Lund University, University College London, Columbia University/NIOD Institute for War, and at the Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam; his latest articles were published by Peter Lang, Taylor & Francis, and Neofelis Verlag Berlin. His academic interests and research areas extend to international public law, especially human rights and international humanitarian law as well fields such as discrimination, nationalism, and transitional justice. E-mail:

Monika Zaviš – Slovakia

Monika Zaviš, doc. PaedDr. ThDr. PhD is a researcher and associate professor at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Žilina. She earned her habilitation (Dozentur) in Theology with the specialization in Psychology of Religion at Comenius University in Bratislava, and her PhD in Theology with a specialization in Religious Studies. She has published three monographs (2012, 2013, 2013), one university textbook (2008) and more than fifty scientific articles. She has participated in numerous international conferences, projects and works as an expert reviewer of articles in international scientific journals. Her research is based on interdisciplinarity, focused on contemporary bioethics (interruption and assisted reproduction technologies) in world religions, especially in Islam, and educational questions in the context of migrations and interreligious dialogue between Islam and Christianity. She cooperates academically with numerous religious officials of registered and non-registered churches and religious communities in Slovakia. E-mail:

Anja Zalta – Slovenia

Anja Zalta studied Sociology, Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology. She is an assistant professor of Sociology of Religion at the Sociology Department, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and author of numerous articles on religious traditions and identities, Islam in Slovenia and in the Balkans, interreligious and intercultural dialogue, and the role of monotheistic religions (Judaism Christianity, Islam) in European cultural and religious history. Between 2004 and 2006, she lived periodically in Konya, Turkey, where she conducted research on secularism in Turkish society. In 2013, she received a Turkish research grant for the study of religious (Christian) minorities in Istanbul and in the Tur Abdin region in the southeast of Turkey. Her current research is focused on the question of (religious) minorities and human rights, as well as the rights of women in monotheistic religions. E-mail: Anja.

Abdul Halik Azeez – Spain

Abdul Halik Azeez is a researcher in Critical Discourse Analysis from Colombo Sri Lanka currently completing his postgraduate education at the University of Granada, Spain. His career has spanned the fields of media, economics, business management and development. His previous work in Sri Lanka has included research and reportage on Islamophobia and ethnic violence in the country. He is also an avid photographer and has exhibited his work internationally. E-mail:

Carmen Aguilera-Carnerero – Spain

Carmen Aguilera-Carnerero is a lecturer of Linguistics at the University of Granada, Spain. Her postgraduate education includes research stays in Giessen (Germany) and Stanford (U.S.). She is currently teaching at the Universities of Granada and Murcia, and is the co-editor of the academic journal GRETA. Her research includes syntax, corpus linguistics and the syntax-semantics interface. During recent years, Aguilera-Carnerero is focused on the linguistics of social media and critical digital discourse analysis. E-mail:

Najate Zouggari – Switzerland

Najate Zouggari is a sociologist at the University of Lausanne, Institute of Social Sciences. Her current research interests are sociology of work and culture, gender studies, race studies and critical theory. She earned an MA in Philosophy (Paris I, Sorbonne), Political Sciences (Paris VII, Jussieu) and Aesthetics & Comparative Literature (Paris VII, Denis-Diderot). In 2016, she was the recipient of a Doc.Mobility Scholarship by the Swiss National Fund and has been a visiting scholar at New York University (Media, Culture and Communication). She is currently a visiting scholar at the Department of European Ethnology, Humboldt University of Berlin. Her most recent publications deal with ethnography and qualitative methods, craft practices, materialities and photography. Previously, she worked as a journalist in London and Paris, focusing on the issues of racism, sexism and Islamophobia in Europe. E-mail:

Arzu Merali, United Kingdom

Arzu Merali is the head of research at the Islamic Human Rights Commission ( based in London, UK. She has graduated from Cambridge University and has a BA (Hons) in English Literature, an MA (Hons) in English Literature (Cantab) and an MA (Hons) in International Relations (Kent). She is the author of various, articles, papers and books on racism, Islamophobia and human rights. Her latest book is co-authored with Saied R. Ameli (2015) ‘Environment of Hate: The New Normal for Muslims in the UK.’ E-mail: