Alleviating the Clash of Ignorance: Combating Islamophobia through Religious Literacy

Admission is FREE and open to public.

Thursday, October 17th, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Glebe Community Centre (Scotton Hall), 175 Third ave, Ottawa, ON, Canada

While Canadians often pride themselves on being a tolerant people whose identity is derived from a deep respect for diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion, Canada is no exception to the global proliferation of anti-Muslim sentiment. From individual encounters of prejudice to state legislated discrimination, Islamophobia takes many forms which significantly impact the lives of Muslims in Western countries.

This lecture provides context into the spread of Islamophobia and its global manifestations, showing how it has recently contributed to a ban on Islamic dress in public service in one of Canada’s largest provinces.

It identifies religious literacy as a useful tool that can be used to combat anti-Muslim sentiment, and shows how one Canadian Muslim community, the Shi’a Imami Nizari Ismaili Muslims, is combating negative perceptions of Muslims and Islam through an innovative literacy effort.


Alyshea Cummins is a doctoral Candidate in Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa and an Instructor of Religion at Carleton University’s College of Humanities. Cummins specializes in Contemporary Islam, the Study of Religion, and Social Change. Alongside her academic activities, she volunteers as a member and researcher for the Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board.

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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  1. Dear Ismaili, Could you please let me know if the lecture being given ,in canada,could be made available, As a printed version,which could be downloaded as a PDF. I am a woman ,of Islam,whose ancestors belonged to the Shia Nizari Ismaili community,living in India,where ignorance and Islamaphobia prevails,particularly in the communities who belong to the middle and lower echelons of societies. I would be grateful to use the knowledge that can be gleaned from the above lecture and disseminate to the communities that I interact with. Truly , Niloufer Gupta.


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