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Thursday, June 9 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Perspectives on Islam & Muslims in Library Spaces

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Early research on libraries dating as far back as 1875 shows that libraries have been referred to as a “social institution.”1 Libraries are social institutions that share the common mission of ensuring that all people have access to education and lifelong learning opportunities.2 They exist in every kind of neighbourhood, serving as community hubs and are known as safe spaces that nurture community connection. Recent research explores the library space as playing an integral role in reflecting the diverse communities that exist within which they exist.3 This includes understanding the realities of various communities and how to effectively build and promote deep and meaningful community-based relationships. As institutions across Canada work to build inclusive spaces that truly reflect Canada’s diverse mosaic, addressing Islamophobia must be a key factor of consideration and libraries play an important role in this.
In this interactive presentation, the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) addresses three important components: (1) providing an in-depth understanding of Islamophobia; (2) explore some basic principles that define the Islamic framework; (3) discuss some practical guidelines and recommendations for library systems to consider through various levels of governance, programs, resources, and community engagement, as they take an active role in addressing Islamophobia. This presentation builds on the work that MAC has been doing in collaboration with Capacity Canada on educating non-profit boards on addressing Islamophobia4; and working with the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Education to build anti-Islamophobia resources for educators.5 MAC is the largest charitable Muslim organization in Canada, focusing on building communities and strengthening neighbourhoods and mobilizing to be a positive force for change in society. MAC has been working actively to dismantle the drastic rise in Islamophobia through education, and collaborative work.6


Speakers
avatar for Sarah Attia

Sarah Attia

National Youth Director, Muslim Association of Canada
Sarah is the National Youth Director for the Muslim Association of Canada. She alsooversees MAC iRise, through which she develops character education curricula andprograms for MAC schools across the country. Sarah also serves on the board ofdirectors for the National Alliance of Children... Read More →
avatar for Khaled Al-Qazzaz

Khaled Al-Qazzaz

Director of Education, Muslim Association of Canada
Khaled Al-Qazzaz Director of Education at the Muslim Association of Canada. He is thefounder of I-RSS, an institute that promotes knowledge exchange and serves as a vehicleto bring positive policy change for Muslims in North America. He is a member of theInternational Justice Circle... Read More →
avatar for Memona Hossain

Memona Hossain

PhD candidate in Applied Ecopsychology
Memona Hossain is a PhD candidate in Applied Ecopsychology.  Sheteaches community-based Ecopsychology courses through the University of GuelphArboretum, Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto. Memona has been apresenter at the Ontario Library Association’s 2022 Superconference... Read More →


Thursday June 9, 2022 10:30am - 11:30am ADT
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