Challenge Islamophobia with Education

Islamophobia is getting worse.

We need a grassroots educational response that raises consciousness and moves people to action.

Hate crimes against Muslims were up 91 percent in the first half of 2017 compared to 2016. Forty-two percent of Muslims reported bullying of their school-age children and 25 percent of those cases involved a teacher.


Most teaching resources and teacher workshops about Islam and Muslims focus on increasing religious literacy about religious texts, beliefs, and rituals. The problem is that Islamophobia does not come from an ignorance of religion. Islamophobia is a form of racism.

Our lessons help students and teachers make connections between Islamophobia, anti-Black, and anti-immigrant racism, including the histories of racialized religious groups like Jews and Sikhs. Students need to build vocabularies that capture all of these injustices if we want them to create a future that includes everyone. All of the lessons in the teaching guide will be posted online for free access.


  • Black Muslims in the United States: An Introductory Activity
  • What is Islamophobia? A Gallery Walk
  • Inside the Islamophobia Industry: A Role Play Activity
  • Shariah, Race, and American Islam: The Case of Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
  • Racializing Religion: Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism, and Anti-Sikh Violence
  • Who Speaks for Muslim Women? A Debate on Feminism and Islamophobia
  • Imagining Justice: Anti-Islamophobia Activism


We will introduce the lessons to teachers through one or two day workshops in key cities including Washington D.C., Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, and Chicago, as well as regional and national teacher conferences.

Our goal is to reach at least 400 teachers impacting 60,000 students in the project’s first year. The teaching guide will be promoted nationally in education media such as Teaching Tolerance, Education Week, Social Education, and Rethinking Schools.


The total funding needed to complete this project is $125,000. We have raised $50,000. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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Teaching for Change, PO Box 73038, Washington, D.C. 20056
Please put Islamophobia Project in the memo line

Contact the project director:

Alison Kysia


Posted Wednesday, December 20, 2017 |

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