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.
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Describes and explores the conspiracist antecedent conditions which promote violence against and exclusion of both Jews and Muslims in America.
Discusses shared experiences of Jews and Muslims, highlighting the conceptual and practical similarities between anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
Explores causes of injustice and violence, and meaningful ways to address them in civilized, non-violent ways.
Examines the processes of Muslim assimilation into the United States through the lens of socio-religious factors.
Examines the factors that shape American Muslims’ perceptions of police in the United States.