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17 January 2014

Muslim women walkingAn international expert in counter terrorism issues and sociology will be presenting a lecture at the University of South Australia next week about Islamophobia.

Dr Leon Moosavi from the University of Liverpool is giving the lecture next Tuesday (January 21) as part of a visit to UniSA’s International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding.

His lecture will explore Islamophobia on social media, as well as representations of Islam and Muslims in British politics under the Tony Blair Government (2001-2007) and in the media.  

“The Islamophobia that appears in these three areas has consistent themes of depicting Muslims as outsiders, threatening, violent, extreme, sexist and needing to be curbed for the integrity and security of ‘the West’,” Dr Moosavi says.

“In light of these reoccurring Islamophobia tropes, the reality of the discrimination and harassment that Muslims encounter becomes more plausible, and the huge amount of ignorance and fear that needs to be challenged reveals itself.” 

Dr Leon Moosavi is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Liverpool. He is currently based in Singapore, establishing the country's first criminology degree on behalf of the University of Liverpool.

UniSA’s International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding seeks to understand the root causes of the differences between the Muslim and non-Muslim communities and to pioneer ways of bridging the divide that these differences seem to produce.

Public lecture details: 

When: 3.00pm – 5.00pm Tuesday 21 January, 2014

Venue: UniSA, City West campus, Room H6-03 Hawke Building, 50-55 North Terrace, Adelaide

Registrations have closed for this event. Any media wishing to attend should contact UniSA News and Media on (08) 8302 0966 or the below contact.

Media Contact

Rosanna Galvin office (08) 8302 0578 mobile 0434 603 457 email rosanna.galvin@unisa.edu.au

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