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Amin Asfari

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Wake Technical Community College
Chapter Member: North Carolina SSN
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About Amin

Asfari is an interdisciplinary scholar.  Asfari's areas of expertise are in public policy, criminal justice reform, prejudice and race, with an emphasis on Islamophobia.  Asfari's ongoing scholarship seeks to understand the construction of Muslims as the “other,” and to identify the public policies that foster and legitimize this label. Asfari is working to develop an integrated theoretical model that explains the processes “othering" which draws from various disciplines and methodological approaches to fine-tune our understanding of Islamophobia.  Asfari’s research contributes to the empirical understanding of American Muslims, a historically understudied group.  Asfari's, work specifically seeks to inform the criminological and sociological discourse by engaging with this community through empirically sound and culturally sensitive ways.

Contributions

In the News

Amin Asfari quoted on females often having to fend for themselves and ending up involved in the same sort of trade by Angela Taylor, "What Is Being Done To Help Female Offenders in North Carolina?" CBS17.com North Carolina News, May 11, 2021.
Guest to discuss Islamophobia on Peace Studies, Amin Asfari, February 19, 2021.
Guest to discuss being a Muslim on Rhymes With Orange, Campbell University News, Amin Asfari, October 28, 2020.
Interview on the motives and drives that generate conspiracy theories Amin Asfari, Non Violence Radio, September 11, 2020.
Guest to discuss The Rise of Islamophobia Around the World on The Michael Eure Show, Amin Asfari, December 12, 2017.
Guest to discuss The New Anti-Semitism on Annual Peace Studies Lecture, Amin Asfari, April 15, 2017.

Publications

"Elders and Brothers" (with Ron Hirschbein), in Conspiracy Theories and Philosophy (Open Court Publishing Company, 2020).

Describes and explores the conspiracist antecedent conditions which promote violence against and exclusion of both Jews and Muslims in America.

"Who Gets to Define Anti-Semitism?" (with Ron Hirschbein). Tikkun (2019).

Discusses shared experiences of Jews and Muslims, highlighting the conceptual and practical similarities between anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

Civility, Nonviolent Resistance, and the New Struggle for Social Justice (Brill, 2020).

Explores causes of injustice and violence, and meaningful ways to address them in civilized, non-violent ways.

"Understanding Muslim Assimilation in America: An Exploratory Assessment of First & Second-Generation Muslims Using Segmented Assimilation Theory" (with Anas Askar). Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 40, no. 2 (2020): 217-234.

Examines the processes of Muslim assimilation into the United States through the lens of socio-religious factors.

"An Empirical Evaluation of American Muslims’ Perceptions of the Police" (with Amny Shuraydi). Research Gate 40, no. 4 (2020): 1-21.

Examines the factors that shape American Muslims’ perceptions of police in the United States.

"Toward an Operational Definition of Islamophobia" PPJ 2, no. 1 (2019).

Highlights some of the common understandings of Islamaphobia by taking a multidisciplinary approach.