The Center for the Study of Muslim & Arab Worlds (CSMAW) will host a teach-in panel to counter the misinformation that is circulating about the current events in Gaza. “Contextualizing Current Violence in Gaza” will take place from 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. The program can be accessed on Zoom.

The goal of the teach-in is to provide a historical, economic and socio-political context of the escalation of violence in Gaza since Oct. 7.

CSMAW has invited two speakers to its panel, Farid Abdel-Nour and Hatem Bazian, which will be moderated by Ahlam Muhtaseb, a CSMAW board member and CSUSB professor of media studies.

Farid Abdel-Nour (left) and Hatem Bazian
Farid Abdel-Nour (left) and Hatem Bazian

Abdel-Nour is a professor of political science at San Diego State University where he helped found the Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies. Abdel-Nour received his Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University in 1999. His teaching and research are in political theory and Middle East politics, with a particular interest in questions of political responsibility and in Israel/Palestine.

Bazian is a professor of Middle Eastern languages, cultures and ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the leading scholar in the Islamophobia studies field, having founded the Islamophobia Studies Center. He serves as editor-in-chief of the Islamophobia Studies Journal and is co-founder and current president of the International Islamophobia Studies Research Association.

The Center for the Study of Muslim & Arab Worlds (CSMAW) at CSUSB serves as a flagship for international dialogue and academic excellence for students and faculty as well as the local and international communities. The center supports research, lectureships, curriculum development and community outreach in order to advance the study of Islam and the Arab region.

CSMAW Gaza Teach-in event flyer