Research Papers

Current Publications

“Jewish Responses to Anti-Semitism in Canada: Lessons for Anti-Muslim Hatred" by Nakita Valerio

Abstract: The presence of Jewish people and communities in Canada dates back to the 18th century and has consistently remained at approximately 1% of the Canadian population, proportionate with the growth of the rest of the country. Throughout their presence in Canada, Jewish communities and individuals have experienced acts of bias, hatred, violence and systemic oppression that can be classified as anti-Semitism and have well-established community organizations in place for responding to or working to prevent and address these acts. These incidents continue in varying (and increasing) capacities to the present day and continue to necessitate a range of Jewish individual, community and organizational responses. This study offers theoretical and contextual background on the issue of anti-Semitism in Canadian communities, as well as an analysis of Jewish responses to incidents of anti-Semitism. This analysis relies on newspaper and police reports, meta-studies by academics, statistical reports, and organic interviews conducted specifically for this study among Jewish advocates across the country. The data highlights several examples which illuminate typical responses, how they are similar to or differ from one another, and how the Canadian approaches compare to other global responses to anti-Semitism. In making the case for the justifiable comparison of experiences of both Jews and Muslims with hatred, this study concludes by offering key lessons for Muslim advocacy groups to either continue or begin to implement certain strategies when combatting anti-Muslim hatred."

Upcoming Publications

Muslim Youth Challenges

Abstract: There is existing work in academia about the challenges and consequences of these challenges that Muslim youth face in the USA and the United Kingdom. However, what is lacking is the challenges Muslim youth are facing in Canada. This research study aims to fill in the gap by asking several pertinent questions: 1) What are the challenges that Muslim youth face in Canada?; 2) How do these challenges manifest themselves and how do they impact sense of self and identity for the youth experiencing them?; and 3) What are some research based solutions that can be recommended to the Muslim community and organizations to help Muslim youth through these challenges? The research findings will help illuminate the wide set of struggles that young Muslim Canadians face on a daily basis based on youth-driven conversations and solutions.

 

Impact Analysis of Islamic Organizations

Abstract: Given the present gap in existing bodies of knowledge about mainstream Muslim organizations in Canada, its function, civic role and influences, including the socio-political consequences of restricting and isolating them, this research aims to identify what mainstream Muslim organization are and the role that they play within Muslim communities in Canada. It specifically asks 1) what are mainstream Muslim organizations in Canada; 2) how do Muslim organizations engage, support and modify existing social relations within Muslim communities and the larger mainstream society to foster anti-Islamophobia, anti-extremism and anti-radicalization spaces; 3) in what ways does the work mainstream Muslim organizations perform, facilitate access to government and community resources, while strengthening human services – such as refugee resettlement, charitable donations, family and youth support, and community building. The findings of this research will demonstrate there is an identified need for this particular topic. It’s stipulated that this research should be mixed method based, community-driven, actionable, and capable of producing tangible results.