Muslim Topics

Countering Islamophobia


Review of The Muslims Are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani.

Citation: Gada, M. (2015). The Muslims Are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror. Arab Studies Quarterly, 37(2), 205-208.

Good Muslim, bad Muslim: A political perspective on culture and terrorism by Mahmood Mamdani 

Citation: Mamdani, M. (2002). Good Muslim, bad Muslim: A political perspective on culture and terrorism. American anthropologist, 104(3), 766-775.

Religious liberty, minorities, and Islam: An Interview with Saba Mahmood

Citation: Interview on "Religious Liberty, Minorities and Islam" for Social Science Research Council's "The Immanent Frame" Blog


Formations of the secular: Christianity, Islam, modernity by Talal Asad

Citation: Asad, T. (2003). Formations of the secular: Christianity, Islam, modernity. Stanford University Press.

The Muslims are coming!: Islamophobia, extremism, and the domestic war on terror (review of book under ‘Articles’)

Citation: Kundnani, A. (2014). The Muslims are coming!: Islamophobia, extremism, and the domestic war on terror. Verso Trade.

Politics of piety: The Islamic revival and the feminist subject by Saba Mahmood

Citation: Mahmood, S. (2011). Politics of piety: The Islamic revival and the feminist subject. Princeton University Press.

Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror by Mahmood Mamdani (related article by same name and author in ‘Articles’)

Citation: Mamdani, M. (2005). Good Muslim, bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the roots of terror. Harmony.

Orientalism by Edward Said

Citation: Said, E. W. (1979). Orientalism. Vintage.

Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times by Jasbir Puar

Citation: Puar, J. K. (2018). Terrorist assemblages: Homonationalism in queer times. Duke University Press.

Rashida Talib and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar
Womens March Image
Linda Sarsour

Virtual Talks/Workshops

UCSB Muslim Student Association Presents - The Rohingya & Uyghur Crisis
Muslims face brutality in many areas of today's world. However, more often than not, they are rarely talked about or publicized, and don't make the front covers or headlines of news. As a result, many people are still oblivious about the various inhumane conditions Muslims are facing. The Uyghur Muslims in China are being put in internment camps, and the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar face sexual assault on a daily basis. To bring awareness to this unspeakable injustice, the MSA would like to host an informational presentation, featuring talks, short video clips, a discussion, and a safe space for those who need it. Come joins us as we stand in solidarity for the victims enduring so much hardship across the world. 

UCSB MSA Presents Islam In The Black Community - 2019
African American Muslims make up a majority of the Muslims in America. However, their experiences are often overshadowed by the Arab Muslim experience. Islam has a deep history in our roots, from the Africans brought over during the slave trade who were forced to abandon Islam to the organizations in the 20th century who adopted Islam into the black identity and approached black liberation through Islam. 

Come find out more about this from Professor Butch Ware and Professor Douglas Daniels. 

UCSB's MSA Presents - Dalia Mogahed
Mogahed is a notable Egyptian-American TED talk speaker and Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding in Washington, D.C. She has appeared on The Daily Show and is the co-author of the book, "Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think?"

Diversity of Arab & Muslim Diasporas In the US - Art Exhibit Reception
Muslims and Arabs have historically been misrepresented and stereotyped due to misinformation regarding their communities. This art exhibition aims to represent the presence of Arab and Muslim American diasporas in their true diversity, uniqueness, and authenticity.

Having lived through the revolution in Cairo, Owise Abuzaid was tempted to become a photojournalist, but when his Canon EOS 550D was destroyed in a clash on the streets, he turned his attention to abstract views and perspectives using an iPhone. With almost 100,000 followers on Instagram today, and after finishing a program at the International Center Of Photography in New York, he is currently pursuing work in long term personal stories and documentaries.

UCSB MSA Presents Imam Suhaib Webb
Suhaib Webb as a guest speaker. He will be speaking about his journey in finding spirituality, and transition, growth, and development. He will also speak about how to value self-care and prevent burnout when serving our respective communities.


Queer & Muslim: Nothing to Reconcile | Blair Imani | TEDxBoulder

Summary: Historian Blair Imani examines the intersection of her Black, Queer, and Muslim identities. Blair Imani is a writer, mental health advocate, and historian living at the intersections of Black, Queer, and Muslim identity.

What Does the Quran Really Say About A Muslim Woman's Hijab?

Summary: In recent times, the resurgence of the hijab along with various countries’ enforcement of it has led many to believe that Muslim women are required by their faith to wear the hijab. In this informative talk, novelist Samina Ali takes us on a journey back to Prophet Muhammad's time to reveal what the term “hijab” really means -- and it's not the Muslim woman's veil! So what does “hijab” actually mean, if not the veil, and how have fundamentalists conflated the term to deny women their rights? This surprising and unprecedented idea will not only challenge your assumptions about hijab but will change the way you see Muslim women.

Basic Beliefs of Islam

Summary: Dr. Musharraf Hussain introduces the basic beliefs of Islam and explores the belief (iman) with Dr. Jon Hoover. This is the first in a series of videos examining Muslim belief in God, Angels, Books, Prophets, the Last Day, and Predestination, particularly from a Sunni perspective, taking the creed of al-Nasafi and the Ash'ari and Maturidi theological traditions as references.

Islam, the Quran, and the Five Pillars All Without A Flamewar: Crash Course World History #13

Summary: In which John Green teaches you the history of Islam, including the revelation of the Qu'ran to Muhammad, the five pillars of Islam, how the Islamic empire got its start, the Rightly Guided Caliphs, and more. Learn about hadiths, Abu Bakr, and the Umma. Also, learn a little about the split between Sunni and Shia Muslims, and how to tell if this year's Ramadan is going to be difficult for your Muslim friends. Let's try to keep the flame wars out of this reasoned discussion.


Muslim Student Association at UCSB

UCSB Muslim Student Association strives to be a safe space where community becomes family and helps students grow spiritually, academically, and socially. The purpose of UCSB Muslim Student Association is to create a safe space for Muslims of UCSB on campus; a community where Muslims and non-Muslims alike can feel comfortable in, where Islamic topics can be openly discussed, and where we can represent our demographic to the campus.

Islamic Society of Santa Barbara

The Islamic Society of Santa Barbara (ISSB) is a 501(c)(3) independent organization. Its public outreach activities provide religious, recreational, and educational facilities to support the practice of the essence and value of Islam and foster interfaith understanding to fulfill the spiritual, social, and intellectual needs of Muslims and non-Muslims in Santa Barbara County.

Student Involvement: Undergraduate-Graduate Education Committee



What Is Islam?

From the Islamic Society Santa Barbara: "Here is a brief collection of print and electronic resources that may provide an introduction to Islam, the Qur’an, Muhammad, and Muslims. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and ISSB does not personally endorse any particular authors, scholars, or opinions contained therein, but we would like to suggest these materials as a place to start learning. And of course, feel free to discuss these ideas with us and others you know. Learning and dialogue are the first steps to understanding!"