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UCLA Law: ‘Re-inventing the enemy within’

by Brad A. Greenberg

November 4, 2009 | 9:40 pm

The Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA School of Law has a great panel starting in about 15 minutes that I, sadly, won’t be able to attend. (It’s that time of the year: Yep, UCLA basketball is back.) The panel’s title is “Anti-Arab and Islamophobic Legal Discourse and Practice Beyond September 11th” and will feature, among others, Khaled Abou El Fadl.

This panel is the first in a series of CRS events that will address issues confronting Muslim/Arab communities in (and outside of) the U.S. since September 11th with a particular focus on whether and how this picture has changed since the advent of the Obama administration.  The remaining events in the series will take place over the 2009-10 school year, and will include more focused panels dealing respectively with sexuality and Islam, civil rights, immigrants’ rights issues, and the criminalization of Islamic philanthropy.

More events from this series, “Re-inventing the Enemy Within,” will follow.

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