In response to an increasing number of Islamophobic incidents in Canada, the Departments of History and Religious Studies, the Hannah History of Medicine Unit and the Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University hosted an event on March 8, 2016 to consider the history and contemporary experiences of Muslims in North America. Various aspects were explored including how Muslim-North Americans are perceived and the ways in which such perceptions shape their communities.
Participants included Ateeka Khan, Ph.D. Candidate, History, McMaster University; Dr. Liyakat Takim, Sharjah Chair in Global Islam, Religious Studies, McMaster University; Dr. Ellen Amster, Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, History, McMaster University and Dr. Jasmine Zine, Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University with the general discussion moderated by Dr. Virginia Aksan, History, McMaster University.
Hamilton Spectator reporter Joel OpHardt attended the event. Spectator Article.