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Lived Islamophobia – “Do you know who I am?”

What does it mean to be a Muslim in the context of violent attacks, fear and Islamophobia? After the attacks in Paris there has been a rise in attacks against Muslims in the UK ranging from verbal abuse to a petrol bomb in a mosque. The online magazine Dazed has made a film “Do you know who I am?” in which young Muslims share their experiences with Islamophobia and the influence it has on their sense of home, belonging and identity and their expectations of the future.

It reminds me a little bit of the campaign of the Dutch Muslim women’s organization “Do you know me” in which it presents a multidimensional picture of Muslim women. It portrays five successful Muslim women in Dutch society and the campaign was a complaint against the lack of recognition these women receive.

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