In a significant step towards understanding and addressing the prevalent issue of Islamophobia in India, the Centre for Educational Research and Training (CERT) hosted a thought-provoking seminar on Sunday, August 13, 2023, in Delhi. The event served as a pivotal platform for in-depth discussions, shedding light on the nuanced layers of Islamophobia within Indian society and educational institutions.


Dr. Roshan Mohiddin, Director of CERT, stated that the seminar, meticulously conceptualized and executed, encapsulated the essence of CERT’s ongoing research project on Islamophobia. The project’s core objective is to document and illuminate the experiences of Muslim students within Indian educational institutions, with a specific focus on the gravity and dimensions of narratives perpetuating acts of Islamophobia, discrimination, and prejudice.

The seminar featured 12 research papers, which were presented in three sessions and chaired by three distinguished scholars from the field: Prof. Thanweer Fazal, Dr. Irfanullah Farooqi, and Dr. Sadique P.K. Along with insightful comments from the chairs, one of the leading scholars in Islamophobia studies, Professor Salman Sayyid, delivered a valedictory address to the seminar. Additionally, Dr. Kawtar Najeeb, a lecturer at the University of Liverpool and author, presented an insightful book talk on her recently published work, ‘Spatialized Islamophobia,’ which greatly enriched the seminar. Ramees E.K, the national president of the Students Islamic Organization, delivered concluding remarks to the seminar, offering SIO’s take on Islamophobia in India.