Published on November 13, 2013 | by Caroline Clastres

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UAL hosts Islamophobia exhibition

UAL’s High Holborn campus will showcase an exhibition concerning Islamophobia [Bharat Choudhary]

The Blueprint Gallery Space at UAL’s High Holborn campus is to host an exhibition raising awareness of the challenges Muslims are facing in Britain today.

Current students and graduates have been invited to submit photographs and illustrations exploring the concepts of Islamophobia.

Due to begin on November 14 and run until the end of the month, the exhibition is organised as part of the Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM) 2013.

For the past three years SUARTS and the LSE Students’ Union (LSESU) have come together to put on IAM, with more universities and organisations getting involved each year.

According to Rayhan Uddin, anti-racism officer at LSESU and active co-ordinator of IAM 2013, the aim of the Islamophobia exhibition is twofold: “It is important to let people know that Islamophobia exists and is prevalent in the society we live in but also to discuss and put forward ways in which we can tackle the problem.”

Institutional

Deconstructing and challenging some of the stereotypes about Islam was made a priority at LSE, as the issue has reached worrying heights in Britain and Europe.

“We have seen an increase in subtler, institutional Islamophobia,” said Uddin.

“Whether it is misleading articles and headlines painting all Muslims in a negative way or scaremongering politicians constantly undermining Muslim women’s right to wear what they want. Islamophobia exists and has embedded itself in our society.”

He continued: “We have to make people aware of these prejudices, and work together to ensure that this form of discrimination does not go unchallenged.”

To conclude Islamophobia Awareness Month, a panel discussion on confronting Islamophobia will be held at LSE on November 26 in association with SUARTS, LSESU and NUS Black Students’ Campaign.

Topics debated will notably include Islamophobia within education and how it is affecting students in the UK.

You can find out more about Islamophobia Awareness Month by following the hashtag #IAM13, or on Facebook.

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