Listen to Your Elders, petits cons

Following the news from far away can sometimes distort reality. Granted reality can be distorted from any distance; therefore it is our duty to cross-check given facts to hopefully get a better ‘bigger picture’.

When the NYT reported about French youth voting for Le Front National, we must not forget that they actually voted en masse for another candidate (Jean-Luc Mélanchon) who is now out of the game [for actual numbers, look at the second table or see below]. Who will ces jeunes vote for in the second round of the French 2017 presidential election? We will know soon enough.









In the meantime, à la Georges Brassens, I have an impartial message to that jeunesse: Listen to your elders who, unlike you, have been there and have done a little of that. Here is an article on past résistants and concentration camps survivors who, unsurprisingly, warned us against the party of ‘hate and exclusion’.

Article PDF version: Anciens_resistants_deportes_alertent_contre_extreme_droite (source: Le Monde, 30.04.2017)

Lecture Series at SRJC

Islamophobia: Islam in the American Imagination (a lecture)

Below are some references to some links, reading and listening materials that May Kosba referenced or used in the Islamophobia lecture.  
1. Yassmin Abdel Maguid: What does my headscarf mean to you? TED Talk (the video we didn’t have time to play during presentation.)
2. Mehdi Hassan: Islam is a peaceful religion – Oxford Union
3. Unity Production Foundations: American Muslims facts versus fiction: 
4. Jack Shaheen: Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood vilifies a people 


1. Du Bois, W. E. B. The Souls of Black Folk.
2. Esposito, John L. and Ibrahim Kalin, Islamophobia: The Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century.
3. Cromer, Evelyn Baring, Modern Egypt, by the Earl of Cromer. 
4. GhaneaBassiri, Kambiz.  A History of Islam in America: From the New World to the New World Order.
5. Diouf, Sylviana A. Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas
6. Mamdani, Mahmood. Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: American, The Cold War, And The Roots of Terror.
7. Said, Edward W. Orientalism.
1. Rand Corporation: Building Moderate Muslim Networks
2. Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America
3. Fear, Inc. 2.0: The Islamophobia Network’s Efforts to Manufacture Hate in America
1. Hatem Bazian, The Souls of Muslim Folk
2. Pamela Gellar, Litigation Jihad: Muslim Workers Sue Hertz Again, This Time for “Islamofauxbia”
3. Cheryl Benard, Five Pillars of Democracy: How the West Can Promote an Islamic Reformation
Organizations: (follow them on FB) 
1. The Bridge Initiative (Georgetown University) –
2. Islamic Networks Group (ING) – 
3. Ta’leef Collective (Ustadh Usama Canon) –