Center for Islam and Global Affairs: A New Initiative to Study Muslim Societies and Turkey's Role in a Globalized World

by Prof. Dr. Sami Al-Arian 


CIGA hopes to contribute, however modestly, to the understanding and analysis of the dramatic changes taking place in Muslim societies and offer practical solutions to intractable and difficult challenges facing our globalized world. Read here.

Impact of Islamophobia on cultures and global politics

by Prof. Dr. Sami Al-Arian


Islamophobia is commonly defined as the intense or irrational hatred, hostility and fear of Islam. It perpetuates negative stereotypes resulting in bias, discrimination and the marginalization and exclusion of Muslims or Islamic activists from social, political and civic life. Moreover, it has manifested itself as a form of structural racism that is directed at a perceived or real Muslim threat through the maintenance and extension of existing disparities in economic, political, social and cultural relations. Islamophobia essentially dehumanizes Muslims and thus rationalizes the use of violence against them as a tool. Read here.

Herzl's heritage of Zionism still triggers conflicts

by Fadi Zatari


The Zionist movement is the consequence of particular socio-political and economic Jewish experiences in the West, particularly in Europe, which are related to anti-Semitic and anti-Judaist politics and discourse in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. All this enmity toward the Jewish people had no connection to Palestine or even the Muslim world. However, its consequences were to be felt there. Read here.

Support Palestinians, Embrace BDS

by Fadi Zatari


One aspect of supporting and empowering the Palestinian people involves countering their enemy. Israel is not only neglecting and refusing to recognize the norms of international law relating to the Palestinian people but continuously violates and denies Palestinian basic human rights such as the right of return, specifically for those have been forcibly and brutally expelled from the Palestinian lands. Read here.

Palestinian culture of Sumud

by Fadi Zatari


After their homeland was sacked starting from 1948, Palestinians have showed resistance both actively and passively, leading to steadfastness, which has become a pattern of life, endurance and resistance to Israeli policies. Read here.

World Hijab Day: Fighting Islamophobia with solidarity?

by Linda Hyökki


On Feb. 1, women of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds around the world joined in a global movement of solidarity with those Muslim women who struggle for their right to don the hijab and wore a headscarf for a day. They participated in the now well-established World Hijab Day (WHD), which has been organized as a worldwide event every year since 2013. Read here.