Farid Hafez

Political Scientist, Visiting Professor of International Studies at Williams College, Senior Fellow at Bridge Initiative/Georgetown University

Swinging to the right: Austria bans face veils

It seems quite intentional that the ban on full-face veiling in public places, infamously known as the so called “Burka Ban,” came into force on Oct. 1, when Austria largely becomes cloudy, the sun fades away, and with all that, the high-time of tourism from the gulf countries is also gone. One last summer, the […]

New Article on Muslims Protest Against Austria’s ‘Islam Act’

Austria legally recognized Islam in 1912 and has thus been characterized as a “liberal” country regarding the inclusion of Muslims. But when the law was revisioned in 2015, it was largely criticized as discriminatory, anti-constitutional, and authoritarian towards the Muslim minority. The paper asks how a number of different social movement organizations and networks have […]

October elections: Beware of Islamophobes

Austria′s election campaign has to date been characterised by cheap propaganda and Islamophobia. Now, just four weeks before people go to the polls, Sebastian Kurz, leader of the conservative OVP, has conceded that coalition with the right-wing FPO is an option. Read full op-ed here

Islamophobia in Europe and the United States

In Spring 2017, I was Fulbright Visiting Professor at the UC Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender, Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project. Here is an interview with me on the European Islamophobia Report, which was released in march this year, and the role of Islamophobia in the USA. Read here

The Global Muslim Brotherhood Conspiracy Theory

Earlier this year, Ted Cruz introduced a bill for the second time to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. Much of the momentum behind Cruz’s bill is propelled by established anti-#Muslim organizations like the Center for Security Policy, as well as academics. When anti-#Muslim voices lead efforts to implement a counterterrorism policy, one […]