Islamophobia: Overcoming Myths and Engaging in a Better Conversation

Opening Remarks By:
Ms. Vuslat Doğan Sabancı
Vice President
Aydın Doğan Foundation

Karen Armstrong
Author and Commentator on Comparative Religion

Dr. Mehmet Aydin
Former Turkish Minister of State

Vali Nasr
Dean, School of Advanced International Studies
Johns Hopkins University

Zainab Salbi
Host of Zainab Salbi Project
HuffPost Originals

Moderated by:
Frederick Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council

Islamophobia is on the rise in non-Muslim-majority countries. It is worse today than it was in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks, with no signs of improvement. Following the recent spate of global terrorist attacks, Muslims are increasingly portrayed negatively by the media. Furthermore, some US politicians and their European counterparts have proposed an array of policies – from policing Muslim communities to controlling the flow of refugees and migrants from the Middle East.