Hatem Bazian

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Hatem Bazian


Hatem Bazian ... is a co-founder and Member of Board of Trustees and Faculty at Zaytuna College. He also serves as Chair of the Northern California Islamic Council, co-founder and Chair of American Muslims for Palestine, co-founder and Board Member, Dollar for Deen, Board Member of Islamic Scholarship Fund, and Board Member of the Muslim Legal Fund of America. Additionally, Dr. Bazian is a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Bazian teaches courses on Islamic Law and Society, Islam in America De-Constructing Islamophobia and Othering of Islam, Religious Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies.

Between 2002 and 2007, Bazian served as an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. In Spring 2009, he founded the Center for the Study and Documentation of Islamophobia at UC Berkeley, a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims. He currently serves as Editor-in-chief, Islamophobia Studies Journal. Bazian is a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College of California and adviser to the Religion, Politics and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley. He was named in the category for Social Justice as one of The Muslim 500, The World’s Most Influential Muslims by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bazian is known for being an organic intellectual, a term used for academics directly connecting their research to the people; rather than looking down from the ivory tower. Bazian's published book, Jerusalem in Islamic Consciousness, is a reflection of his desire to contribute to a better understanding of Muslim attachment and informed political attitudes toward the Sacred City and Palestine in general.

Currently, Bazian is working on two books, Silicon Rush: Documenting Muslim Communities in the the Silicon Valley; and Virtual Internment: Muslims and the War on Terrorism. His most recent publication is a chapter contribution in French on Islamophobia and an entry to Oxford's Human Rights Encyclopedia, covering the HR under the Palestinian Authority. As an activist, Dr. Bazian has played a significant role almost in every human and civil rights movement in the Bay Area, both nationally and internationally, including the defense of Affirmative Action in California, American With Disabilities Act, Anti-Apartheid, Anti-Globalization Movement, and Central American Solidarity struggles. He has recently participated in support and solidarity with the "Occupy" movement. Bazian worked as Editor in Chief of Discourse Magazine, a monthly progressive publication in SF and post 9-11, and has co-hosted "Islam Today," a 94.1 KPFA, KBFB in Berkeley and KFCF in Fresno weekly radio magazine show covering Islam and its diverse people around the world. Since September 11th, 2001, he has appeared in many TV and Radio interviews, offered frequent commentary on current affairs, and is a regular consultant for the San Francisco Chronicle on stories relating to Palestine, the Arab world, Islam, Muslims, and world politics.[1]

General Union of Palestinian Students

Served as President of the General Union of Palestinian Students.

CoC National Conference endorser

In 1992 Hatem Bazian, executive committee USSA, San Francisco, California, endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.[2]

Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s

The Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s was the Committees of Correspondence's first national conference held in Berkeley, California July 17-19, 1992.[3]

Workshops that were held at the conference on Saturday, July 18 included:[4]

Youth Movement The role of the new youth movement on the left. The voices and instruments for struggle of young people devestated by the current crisis.

Progressive Students of Color Network

Circa 1995 Hatem Bazian - Bay Area Progressive Students of Color Network.

Students for Justice in Palestine

Students for Justice in Palestine was co-founded in 2001, at UC Berkeley, by Hatem Bazian and Snehal Shingavi. Their intention was to advance the radical anti-Israel mission of the Muslim Brotherhood, but masked as a secular organization.[5]

Center for Political Education

In 2002 Hatem Bazian of the Al Qalam Institute and a University of California, Berkeley lecturer gave a talk entitled: "Middle East Study Group - a three-part series examining the historical roots of the conflict in Palestine." The classes were held at the San Francisco based Center for Political Education, an organization closely associated with the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism.[6]

In 2003 Hatem Bazian of the Al-Qalam Institute, Munaf Al-safi, and Robert Chlala of the National Lawyer’s Guild were speakers in a panel discussion entitled: "Iraq and Beyond: What’s Next?" The discussion examined the U.S. role in the Arab world and the ramifications of U.S. policy on the Arab communities both globally and locally. The classes were held at the San Francisco based Center for Political Education.[6]

In 2007 Hatem Bazian of the Al Qalam Institute; Lamis Andoni of the Prominent Palestinian Journalist; Elias Rashmawi, of Palestinian Activist, and Maad Abu-Ghazalah of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee gave talks at an event entitled: "After the Last Sky: A Solidarity Event and Educational Forum on Palestine". The classes were held at the San Francisco based Center for Political Education.[6]

"Racial Stereotypes in Popular Media"

Thursday, October 14, 2005, San Francisco Public Library.

Past and Present: Racial Stereotypes in Popular Media: A panel discussion featuring:

Moderated by Max Elbaum, War Times/Tiempo de Guerras.

This panel is in conjunction with the exhibit "COLORED: Black n' White, The Philippine-American War in American Popular Media, 1896-1907" which was on display at the Library from August 14 to October 21.[7]

Call for Justice

Call for Justice: Joint Letter on American Muslim Solidarity Against Police Brutality, January 26, 2015;

We are contacting you on behalf of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC)(1) and Muslims for Ferguson(2) to ask for your solidarity in the struggle and call for justice concerning the tragic and unnecessary police and federal law enforcement killings of Black men, women, and children in the United States.

From the time of our Noble Prophet ﷺ‎, anti-Black and anti-African racism has plagued Muslim societies and communities. The first martyr in the early days of Islam was Sumayyah (RA), who had black skin and was a victim of violence at the hands of the governing authorities of Makkah. Other companions with black skin, such as Ammar bin Yassir (RA) and Bilal (RA), were also victims of ridicule and torture by the same authorities. State violence against marginalized communities is not a new development. History has proven time and again that Muslims are not immune to these forms of oppression.

Indeed, these oppressive behaviors and practices go against the messages that are at the heart of our Holy Qur’an and Prophetic traditions.

Signatories included Hatem Bazian.

References

  1. [​http://www.masconvention.org/hatem-bazian.html MAS bio, accessed march 2016]
  2. CCDS Background
  3. Conference program
  4. Proceedings of the Committees of Correspondence Conference: Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the '90s booklet, printed by CoC in NY, Sept. 1992 (Price: $4)
  5. [1]
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Center for Political Education website: Past Classes (1998 - 2007)
  7. [ http://www.revolutionintheair.com/pastevents.html Rev. in the Air, Past and Present: Racial Stereotypes in Popular Media]