In 2017–18 the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition (MMWC) partnered with Marquette University sociologist Louise Cainkar to conduct research on the need for and best practices around the development of a community-driven hate-watch mechanism. The MMWC is a Milwaukee-based nonprofit community organization run by Muslim women that engages in outreach, education, and advocacy. The research project was supported by a grant from Marquette University’s Office of Community Engagement.1 The idea behind this initiative was to improve reporting of hate incidents experienced by members of the Muslim community. As MMWC director Janan Najeeb noted at the outset of the project, their organization often learned about hate-based experiences suffered by community members by happenstance, as the details circulated through the community mainly by word of mouth. Few instances of hate and harassment are formally reported, because there has been no...
Taking on Hate: Muslim Women Build a Community-Driven Hate Watch
LOUISE CAINKAR is associate professor of sociology and of social welfare and justice and directs Peace Studies and Arab/Muslim American Studies at Marquette University. She is author of Homeland Insecurity: The Arab American and Muslim American Experience after 9/11 (2009) and numerous articles and is an Association for Middle East Women’s Studies board member. Contact: email@example.com.
JANAN NAJEEB is president of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition and a frequent lecturer at area universities. She directs the Islamic Resource Center and launched the Wisconsin Muslim Journal. She was recently awarded a grant for the first domestic violence program run by a Muslim organization in Wisconsin. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Louise Cainkar, Janan Najeeb; Taking on Hate: Muslim Women Build a Community-Driven Hate Watch. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 1 November 2019; 15 (3): 402–408. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15525864-7720837
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