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Muslim Identity in an Age of Right Wing Populism

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Alliance Francaise Toronto - Downtown campus

24 Spadina Road

Toronto, ON M5R 2S7

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The Tessellate Institute is proud to mark its 10 year anniversary with Muslim Identity in the Face of Right Wing Populism on Saturday, September 16 at 6:00pm at the Alliance Francaise Toronto (24 Spadina Road, Toronto). The event will feature two panel discussions, spoken word poetry, and a reception with refreshments.

Muslims, amongst other minority groups, are confronted with more hatred and exclusion than ever before. Our event includes two panels:

The first panel featuring Dr. Ingrid Mattson, Dr. Barbara Perry and Fiyyaz Jaat brings together scholarly and front-line analysis of the current challenges within the North American context, as well as guidance to the community. The discussion will be moderated by award-winning writer and broadcaster Naheed Mustafa.

The second panel featuring Gilary Massa, Samiya Abdi and moderated by Nadiya Ali, addresses the consistent erasure of black voices in public discourses of Muslimhood, and the consequence of that on Muslim identity in the age of right-wing populism.

Artistic performances: You'll also be able to enjoy spoken word poetry at our event as well, with three young Muslim women from our recent Photovoice project and award-winning artist and spoken word performer Timaj Garad.

Scroll down to read bios of panelists.

The event is pay-what-you-can to promote accessibility.

Timaj Garad is an Ethiopian Toronto-based multi-disciplinary storyteller, using poetry, theatre, and music to bring her stories to life. Her art is auto-biographical, working at the intersections of a black Muslim woman challenging injustice, unearthing truths, and healing. As an award-winning Artist, Timaj Garad has graced over 200 stages and facilitated several arts-based workshops. In 2012, she was awarded Top 40 under 40 in Waterloo for community leadership. You can find out more about her work by following her at @timajgarad (on all social media).

About the Panels

Dr. Ingrid Mattson
Since 2012 Dr. Ingrid Mattson has been the London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College. Born and raised in Canada, she moved to the United States where she earned her PhD at the University of Chicago, then taught Islamic Studies and founded the first accredited program for Muslim chaplains in America at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. During that time, she was also twice elected vice president, then president of the Islamic Society of North America. In that capacity, she expanded ISNA's interfaith partnerships and civic engagement. Dr. Mattson's work is focused on Quranic studies, theological ethics and interfaith engagement.

Dr. Barbara Perry
Dr. Barbara Perry is a Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She has written extensively on social justice generally, and hate crime specifically. She has published several books spanning both areas, including Diversity, Crime and Justice in Canada, and In the Name of Hate: Understanding Hate Crime. Most recently, she has contributed to a scholarly understanding of anti-Muslim violence, hate crime against LGBTQ communities, the community impacts of hate crime, and right wing extremism in Canada. She puts her academic skills to work in the community through extensive involvement in local social justice initiatives.

Fiyyaz Jaat
Fiyyaz Jaat is the Director of Youth Programming and Services at the Islamic Society of North America. He has significant experience working with youth in the community, acting as a mentor with Muslim Youth of North America since 2005. Fiyyaz previously worked in the private sector as a manager after completing a BSc. in computer science at Ryerson University.

Naheed Mustafa (moderator)
Naheed Mustafa is an award-winning freelance broadcaster and writer based in Toronto. She’s worked for a variety of media outlets including CBC Radio, Radio Netherlands, and the BBC. Naheed’s writing has been published in The Walrus, Foreign Policy, the Toronto Star, and Outpost Magazine.

Gilary Massa: Gilary graduated with a Bachelor in Political Science from York University in 2009. She is a proud Afro-Latina Muslim with a long standing history in community activism. Gilary understands the ways in which marginalized peoples are robbed of their agency, and ability to pass on their stories, and is committed to creating spaces for communities to unite, on their own terms, against injustice and oppression. Over the past 10 years, Gilary has been an active member of the labour movement and student movement where she has fought for the rights of students and workers alike. Gilary lives in Toronto and in 2016, joined NCCM as an Advocacy Coordinator.

Samiya Abdi: Samiya Abdi currently holds the position of a Health Promotion Consultant in Program Planning and Evaluation. She is also a Health Equity Specialist. Samiya has over 13 years of experience in program development, management, implementation and evaluation working within the non-profit, corporate and government sectors. Samiya is a mother, teacher, community advocate, youth councillor, avid public speaker and a change agent. She is passionate about creating safe nonjudgmental spaces that foster growth, allow for failure and transformational learning. Samiya holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Graduate diploma in Social Innovation and Systems Thinking from the University of Waterloo.

Nadiya Ali (Moderator): Nadiya is a PhD Candidate specializing in Political Sociology at York University. She brings extensive applied research and analysis experience, and has been part of a range of community-based research and programming initiatives in the GTA. Nadiya is passionate about impactful research and periodically publishes Op-ed pieces on issues of race, identity and social justice. Prior to her doctorate work, Nadiya has done graduate work both at Carleton University and SOAS-University of London in politics and international relations. Additionally, Nadiya holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto. Currently, her doctorate focuses on exploring issues revolving around identity, belonging, resistance and marginalization.


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