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Dr. Hatem Bazian

Pioneering Scholar Against Islamophobia

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Date of Birth:



Amman, Jordan

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

His extensive research, advocacy against Islamophobia, and efforts to improve understanding between communities make him a notable figure for inclusion.

Brief bio

Dr. Hatem Bazian is a scholar with a wide array of interests, including Islamic Law, Arab and Arab American Studies, Critical Race Theory, and Palestine Studies. He serves as a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, in the departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies. He is also a founder of the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at UC Berkeley's Center for Race and Gender (Center for Race and Gender) (Berkeley Migration Initiative) .

Major Milestones


  • Establishment of the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project: At UC Berkeley, aimed at systematically studying Islamophobia (Othering & Belonging Institute) .

  • Publication of Significant Works: Addressing Islamophobia, colonialism, and the Palestinian experience (Zaytuna College) .

  • Involvement in Founding Zaytuna College: The first accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the United States (Zaytuna College) .

  • Leadership in Academic Programs: Development and dissemination of knowledge on Arab and Muslim communities' rights and challenges (Berkeley Migration Initiative) .

  • Active Participation in International Conferences: Sharing insights on Islamophobia, Muslim American studies, and more (Zaytuna College) .

  • Publications on Critical Issues: Authored and edited several key texts addressing Islamophobia, the Palestinian authority, and Arab and Muslim rights in the United States and abroad (Zaytuna College) .

  • Academic Leadership: Pioneered academic programs and courses that address the intersections of religion, ethnicity, and social justice, particularly concerning Muslim and Arab American communities (Berkeley Ethnic Studies) (Berkeley Migration Initiative) .

  • International Speaker: Delivered lectures globally on topics ranging from Islamophobia to the state of Muslim education in North America, contributing to international dialogues on these crucial issues (Zaytuna College) .

  • Research on Islamophobia: Through the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project, Dr. Bazian has been at the forefront of identifying, analyzing, and combating Islamophobia in the U.S. and beyond (Othering & Belonging Institute) .

  • Advocacy and Community Engagement: His work extends beyond academia into activism, advocating for the rights of Muslim Americans and addressing issues of immigration and refugees, reflecting a commitment to social justice and community service (Zaytuna College) (ISPU) .

Date of Last Update: 
May 9, 2024

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