Tuesday 22 March
6.15 pm – 8.30 pm
The NewBridge Project Reading Room
With Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan and Preti Taneja
Join us for a thought-provoking discussion guided by Preti Taneja in conversation with Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan about her new book, Tangled in Terror: Uprooting Islamophobia. We will be moving far beyond superficial discussions of Islamophobia as a moral deficiency and instead asking difficult questions about a world-system founded on dehumanisation, occupation and destruction. The discussion will invite you to question not only the interconnected nature of Islamophobia with other oppressions, but also the ways that language hides and obscures such violence, the ways we may use language to resist such violence, and more.
A central preoccupation of the book is the question of safety, and why so many of us have become less safe through the ‘security’ agenda of states across the world. In preparation for this conversation we ask you to consider what safety looks like to you. When have you felt most safe in your life? What is safety predicated upon? And how far is the gap between the measures and institutions we are currently told “keep us safe”, and the realities of our engagement with such institutions and measures?
Ahead of the event we invite you to watch / listen to these poems by Suhaiymah, This is Not a Humanising Poem and British Values.
6.15pm – The NewBridge Project Gallery, Reading Room and Bookshop Open (prayer room available)
6.40pm – Conversation with Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan and Preti Taneja
7.25pm – Break with Food and Refreshments
7.35pm – Questions and Group Discussion, ending with a reading or poem.
8.30pm – Ends
We have a room available for any attendees who need to pray – feel free to use this at any time. We understand maghrib prayer will be around 18:25 on 22nd March so there will be time to pray for anyone who would like to do so before the conversation begins at 18:40.
About Tangled in Terror
From the creator of The Brown Hijabi blog, Tangled in Terror shows that until the most marginalised Muslims are safe, nobody is safe. Islamophobia is everywhere. It is a narrative and history woven so deeply into our everyday lives that we don’t even notice it – in our education, how we travel, our healthcare, legal system and at work. Behind the scenes it affects the most vulnerable, at the border and in prisons. Despite this, the conversation about Islamophobia is relegated to microaggressions and slurs.
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan reveals how Islamophobia not only lives under the skin of those who it marks, but is aninternational political project designed to divide people in the name of security, in order to materially benefit globalstakeholders. It can only be truly uprooted when we focus not on what it is but what it does.