Uzma Jamil

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Uzma Jamil

Fellow of Muslim Studies of the InterReligious Institute

uzma.jamil@ctschicago.edu

Professor Jamil’s research is in Critical Muslim Studies and examines how Muslims are constructed as both racialized and religious minorities in the west, using a decolonial/postcolonial approach. Her research areas include Muslims in Quebec, Islamophobia and racialization, the construction of knowledge about Muslims, and the securitization of Muslims in the “war on terror.” Her work is interdisciplinary and draws on sociology, politics, postcolonial theory, and critical race theory. She is a founding member of the Editorial Board of ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies.

Prof. Jamil is currently completing a book manuscript on Muslims as racialized and religious minorities in Quebec for University of Toronto Press. She has published in leading journals in her field, including Ethnic and Racial Studies, Contemporary Islam and Islamophobia Studies Journal, as well as being invited by provincial and federal government bodies to share her expertise on Canadian policy issues affecting Muslims, such as the no fly list, racial profiling and religious discrimination. She has presented her research at national and international conferences in Canada, US, UK and Europe.

“In my work, I am interested in connecting the ontological to the political. That is, how we think about the world and how that world comes into being is related to how we understand and act as individuals, as members of our particular communities and in our societies, more generally. In teaching Muslim Studies, I center Muslims and their experiences as racialized, religious, social, and political beings living in a postcolonial world. I ask students to examine their assumptions about how that world has come to be and what they know about Muslims in relation to their understandings. It creates a space for learning in community with those able to imagine and act to realize a more just world.”

Education:

  • BA, (magna cum laude) Mount Holyoke College
  • MA, McGill University
  • PhD, (Distinction) University of Quebec at Montreal

Courses:

  • Intro to Muslim Studies
  • Muslims in America
  • Muslim and Non-Muslim Encounters

Writings:

  • “Reading Power: Muslims and the War on Terror Discourse,” Islamophobia Studies Journal. 2(2): 29-42.
  • “National Minority and Racialized Minorities: The Case of Pakistanis in Quebec.” Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies. 37(13): 2322-2339.
  • “Making Place: Muslims in the Neighborhood.” Journal of Contemporary Islam. 9(3): 321-335.