Farid Hafez

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


In February 2020, German Tobias Rathjen killed nine people of color at two shisha bars in Hanau/Germany. Like white supremacist terrorists Anders Behring Breivik and Christchurch terrorist Brenton Tarrant, he left a 24-page-long manifesto full of racist views against Jews, Muslims and people of color. Read my latest piece for The Bridge Initiative

Malcolm X and Mauthausen

This article in the special issue of Svensk Teologisk Kvartalskrift discusses anti-Semitism, racism, and the reception of Malcolm X in the Austrian Muslim Youth. See the full table of contents here

Anti-Muslim Talk in the Era of Coronavirus

The global coronavirus pandemic theoretically gives human kind, and especially those in positions of responsibility, a chance to rethink life. Rethink what is important and what is less important. And it forces each and every one of the human family to focus on those things that are of value to us. But some Islamophobes proof […]

Unwanted Identities: The ‘Religion Line’ and Global Islamophobia

The article discusses why Islamophobia constitutes a major racist discourse today and illustrates how we can make sense of this global relevance of Islamophobia. The author explains the centrality of the ‘religion line’ in the current global world system by drawing on the post-Cold War era. Through a decolonial reading of Islamophobia, three empirical cases are chosen […]