MENA Salon: The Christchurch Massacre and responses from MENA

Workshop | April 5 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.
On March 15th 2019, a self-claimed white nationalist walked into a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand killing and wounding scores of worshippers during the Friday prayer. As the massacre sent shockwaves around the world, leaders responded with condolences and grief, looking to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as an exemplary leader. Political and religious leaders throughout MENA also responded in a variety of ways to the attack--through grief, protest and even political calculations. Some voiced concerns about the hesitancy to identify a rising white supremacist terror phenomenon, while others, such as Turkish President Erdogan, used parts of the livestreamed video of the massacre during his campaign rally in the eve of upcoming local elections, further stoking anti-Western rhetoric. During this week's salon, we will attend to the global Islamophobia and grief over the Christchurch massacre of Muslims, among whom were Syrian refugees, and discuss the responses from throughout Middle East and North Africa.

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