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Countering Islamophobia in Belgium

  • Elsa MescoliEmail author
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Part of the Mapping Global Racisms book series (MGR)

Abstract

This chapter introduces the Islamophobic discursive context and the contemporary dominant narratives of anti-Muslim hate developed in Belgium. It also presents the counter-narratives implemented by a variety of social actors to reverse these discourses and to fight against Islamophobia.

Abbreviations

ABPM

Association Belge des professionnels Musulmans (Belgian Association of Muslim Professionals; now LEAD, Les Entrepreneurs Actifs de la Diversité—The active entrepreneurs of diversity)

AWSA.be

Arab Women’s Solidarity Association – Belgium

CBAI

Centre Bruxellois d’Action Interculturelle (Brussels Centre for Intercultural Action)

CCIB

Collectif contre l’Islamophobie en Belgique (Collective against Islamophobia in Belgium)

CCIF

Collectif contre l’Islamophobie en France (Collective against Islamophobia in France)

CEJI

Une Contribution Juive pour une Europe Inclusive (A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe)

CERI

Coordination des Enseignants de Religion Islamique (Coordination of Islamic religion teachers)

CPAS

Centre Public d’action Sociale (Public Centre for Social Welfare)

CRVI

Centre Régional de Verviers pour l’Intégration (Regional Centre for Integration in Verviers)

CSC

Confédération des Syndicats Chrétiens (Confederation of Christian Trade Unions)

EC

European Commission

ECOLO

Green Party

EFJ

European Federation of Journalists

EmBeM

Empowering Belgian Muslims

ENAR

European Network Against Racism

EP

European Parliament

FPS

Federal Public Service

FRA

Fundamental Rights Agency

FRB

Fondation Roi Baudouin (King Baudouin Foundation)

HEPL

Haute Ecole de la Province de Liège (Higher Education Institution of the Province of Liège)

IHRC

Islamic Human Rights Commission

KAHINA

Collectif Féministe (Feminist collective)

KARAMAH

Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights

KUL

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven)

MRAX

Mouvement contre le racisme, l’antisémitisme et la xénophobie (Movement against racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia)

PS

Parti Socialiste (Socialist Party)

SandD

Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats

SSH/IACS

Institute for the Analysis of Change in Contemporary and Historical Societies

UCL

Université Catholique de Louvain (Catholic University of Leuven)

ULB

Université Libre de Bruxelles (Free University of Brussels)

ULiège

Liège Université (Liege University)

Unia

Centre Interfederal pour l’égalité des chances (Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities)

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CEDEM - Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies, University of LiegeLiegeBelgium

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