Islamophobia is a form of racism that has flourished in the US since 9/11. Yet it is not an American phenomenon alone. In fact, in the growth of Hindutva under Narendra Modi, an expanded Indian Islamophobia has given license to a brutal occupation of Kashmir and an anti-Muslim Citizenship Amendment Act. This talk asks how we can understand the rise of Indian Islamophobia alongside American Islamophobia. How did Islamophobia surface in the recent US presidential election? How does this connect to the massive movements for racial justice that have swept the US since the summer of 2020? How have candidates from both sides of the aisle entrenched anti-Muslim racism, and how do their relationships with the ethnonationalist movement in India promise to continue an already-intensified American Islamophobia?
Nazia Kazi is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Stockton University, where she teaches courses on race, empire, and Islamophobia. Her book, Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics is required reading in undergraduate courses across the country. She lives in Philadelphia.